The registration for marriage in the registry office can be carried out six months before the desired wedding date at the earliest, as the document to determine the capacity to contract marriage is only valid for a maximum of six months.
In the course of this, the personal data of the engaged couple is recorded, declarations are made (sometimes that regarding the name after marriage), the two engaged persons sign (which is why both must be present), the fees are paid and other details are clarified.
Open responsibility in the determination of the capacity to enter into marriage
The engaged couple may select the registry office in which the capacity to enter into marriage is to be determined. The engaged couple may directly contact the registry office in which the wedding will subsequently take place.
The following documents are required to register a marriage:
- Birth certificate
- Certificate of citizenship (passport for foreigners)
- Marriage certificates of all previous marriages
- In the event of a dissolved marriage: Divorce, marriage dissolution and annulment decrees (resolutions) with a validity clause or death certificate of the previous spouse (note: foreign marriage decrees sometimes require recognition by a domestic district court)
- Birth certificates and acknowledgement of paternity for shared children born out of wedlock
- Proof of degrees and official titles
- Valid photo identification
For underage persons:
- Consent of the legal representatives and guardians
- Declaration of marriageable age (from the district court) if the person has reached their sixteenth birthday and the future spouse is of legal age)
For persons with (additional) foreign citizenship:
- Certificate of eligibility to marry or marital status certificate (depending on nationality)
- Foreign documents indicating marital status sometimes require certification or apostille
- Documents in foreign languages must be translated by an Austrian, sworn translator.
All documents to be presented to the registry office must be submitted in original form (copies cannot be accepted).
Upwards of 50 EUR or upwards of 130 EUR upon presentation of foreign documents.
Capacity to enter into marriage
Capacity to enter into marriage exists if a person is of marriageable age and legally competent. Men and women are of marriageable age once they have reached their eighteenth birthday and obtain full legal capacity upon reaching legal age.
A legally effective declaration of marriageable age is required between the ages of 16 and 18. A court can declare someone to be of marriageable age upon request if
- the future spouse is already of legal age and
- the legal guardian consents.
Please contact the parish office responsible for you in good time (6 months before the celebration). The church of your parish is normally available to you free of charge. If you would like a church that is outside of your parish, you must take appropriate action without delay; certain popular wedding churches are often fully booked months and years in advance.