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Registration for Swiss Abroad / Change of Address
The register provides a comprehensive picture of Swiss nationals living in the consular districts and includes the details required to fulfill official functions, such as issue new passports, register births, marriages, and so forth.
The following persons should register with their local Swiss representation abroad:
- Swiss citizens who intend to stay in the consular district for more than 12 months and who are no longer registered in Switzerland
- Swiss citizens who acquire Swiss citizenship by birth, naturalization or adoption who already live in the consular district and are older than 18
To register, the following documents must be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:
- A duly completed, dated and signed "Application for Registration" form
- A valid Swiss passport or identity card and, if applicable, those of your family members (please send the originals)
- If you or one of your Swiss family members do not have a valid Swiss passport or Swiss identity card, please send me an original valid picture identity document.
- A certificate of origin (Heimatschein / acte d'origine); the original will be kept in our file
- If available, a family booklet or family certificate (Familienausweis / certificat de famille) or certificate of civil status for Swiss nationals
- If available, a confirmation of departure from your last place of residence in Switzerland
- If applicable, a copy of the passport(s) of the foreign spouse and foreign children
- Your personal documents will be returned to you within 2-3 business days after registration.
If your Swiss documents are no longer valid, a certificate of civil status will have to be ordered in Switzerland for a fee (please check with the representation for the amount of the fee and payment instructions). If you do not have a Swiss passport and/or identity card, please include another original identity document (e.g., U.S. passport).
Please download the "Notice for Registered Persons" because it contains important information for you and your family. By signing the application form, you confirm that you have received the notice and its enclosures.
If you are registered with a Swiss representation, you should inform that representation about the following changes:
- A change of address/telephone number/fax number/e-mail address
- A change in civil status (marriage, divorce, birth of child, death, name change, and so forth)
- Acquisition or loss of any additional citizenship
- Departure from the consular district
Changes in civil status (marital status, birth of children, death, name change, and so forth) must be communicated to the Swiss authorities. Failure to provide accurate documentation may impede future administrative procedures with the Swiss authorities and may even hinder the issuance of new identity documents.
You can also use one of the following online forms to notify your representation of any change of address:
Consulate General Montreal (Povinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Bahamas)
Consulate General Toronto (Provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Territory of Nunavut)
Consulate General Vancouver (Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories)