When you get married in Denmark you will be issued with 2 copies of the Danish International Marriage Certificate straight after your ceremony by the registrar.
The Marriage certificate is International, and as you will notice, each section and all information is recorded in English, German, Danish, Spanish and French.
This document of course is a very important part of the process and all couples need this document in order to register their marriage and complete a variaty of different administrational proceedures from name changes to residency permits and spousal VISA applications.
So you know what exactly will be included, we have run through the document section by section for you, there are 4 sections to the marriage certificate:
Top or first section
- Date of your marriage
- Your wedding file number
- The venue you married at
Second Section of the Marriage certificate
1) Current legal Surname of party 1
2) Current first and middle names of party 1
3) Date of Birth
4) Country of Birth
Third section of the Marriage Certificate
1) Current legal Surname of party 2
2) Current first and middle names of party 2
3) Date of Birth
4) Country of Birth
Fourth and final section of the marriage certificate
- The venue you married at and address
- The date of the wedding
- The name and wet signature of the registrar
- The official stamp or seal of the venue you married at.
The marriage certificate is a single A4 page in size, with nothing recorded on the back - which is where the Apostille is added if you request or require the Legalisation to be done on the document.
* General FAQ questions and answers
When do I receive my marriage certificates?
You get them straight after the wedding from the registrar.
What if there is a spelling mistake or error on them?
This is easily put right, just check the certificates and the registrar can have them corrected and re-issued whilst you are there. Or they are posted onto you if you notice when you get home.
What Languages are my certificate issued in?
The certificate is issued in a multi-lingual format this means that it is already written in Danish, English, German, French and Spanish.
Where is the original kept?
The certificate is issued on the day of the ceremony and is stamped and signed by the registrar that has married you. The details of the certificate, and the original signed document are then entered into the Danish Wedding Archives and they are then stored there for 100 years.
If in the future you need more copies then this is easily done by request to the town hall and they will post them to you.
You always marry in your legally recognised name at the time of your marriage as shown on your photo ID travel documents. The marriage certificate gives you legal permission to change your name to your partners after the wedding.
Do I need to register my marriage?
Yes you will need to register the wedding back home in your local office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Can I request the second page document with the witness names on?
Yes this can be requested and a scan or document sent to you if required.
Do I need to Legalise my marriage certificate?
The marriage certificate is Legally recognised Worldwide, but for use in some countries you may be asked for the full, further, optional level of Legalisation a certificate called an Apostille. This is very easy to obtain, and can be done at anytime, and it is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen and fixed to the back of the certificate. There is an example of a Danish Apostille Legalisation HERE
If you would like a free documents list or discussion about any aspect of the Danish International marriage certificate please feel free to contact us HERE.