If you are getting married and wish to have a civil marriage ceremony, you can ask the Digital and Population Data Services Agency to carry out the ceremony. The marriage ceremony can take place in the office premises during office hours or the officiator of the civil marriage ceremony can come to the marriage celebration venue outside office hours.
At a Local Register Office, the marriage of persons of the same or different sex is performed in accordance with the marriage ceremony script provided for in the Marriage Decree. A marriage ceremony that is performed at a Local Register Office can be officiated by the head of the Local Register Office, a district registrar or a public notary.
Before the marriage, impediments to marriage are examined. The impediment examination certificate must be submitted to the officiator before the marriage ceremony can take place. The engaged parties have to prove their identity to the officiator before the marriage ceremony. At least two witnesses 15 years of age or older must be present at the ceremony.
A marriage concluded in a registered religious community, District Court or Local Register Office is registered in the Population Information System upon notification by the officiator.
Officiating a marriage ceremony at a Local Register Office or in a place registered for marriages during office hours is free of charge.
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