Marriage and registered partnership

To register either a marriage or a partnership in Switzerland or abroad, your main point of reference is the registry office in which you have decided to celebrate the marriage or conclude your partnership. It is normally this office that decides what documents are required to mark this civil status event.

List of registry offices in Switzerland (de, fr, it)

You are advised nonetheless to learn in advance about the formalities involved and the civil status documents that may have to be prepared prior to the celebration of a civil status event. These advance steps will facilitate matters when it comes to entering your marriage or registered partnership in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar). To register in the register Infostar, the documents listed on this webpage are to be submitted to the Swiss representation competent for the country where the celebration has taken place.

In order to keep the family registers up-to-date, the Swiss authorities need to be informed about any changes in the civil status of Swiss citizens. When such changes occur the persons concerned need to contact the Swiss representation.

Civil status changes (marital status, birth of child, death etc ) must be communicated to the Swiss authorities. Failing to provide accurate documentation may impede future administrative procedures with the Swiss authorities and even hinder the issuance of new identity documents, e.g. passports etc.

If you plan to take up residence in Switzerland after marrying or registering a partnership, bear in mind that your foreign spouse or partner will need a residence permit and may require an entry visa. Please consult the Visa – Entry to and Residence in Switzerland section regarding an application to enter Switzerland for the purpose of family reunification.

If you are registered with a Swiss representation and have married or entered into a registered partnership in Switzerland you will need to report your change in civil status to the representation concerned so that its register of the Swiss Abroad can be updated. This will require submission of the following documents:

  • Swiss marriage certificate, Swiss family record or registered partnership document (originals);
  • a photocopy of the identity document of the foreign spouse or partner.

There is no fee for the registration in question.

If prior to the marriage or registered partnership your Swiss spouse or partner was not resident in the consular district of the Swiss representation, and plans to take up residence with you following the said civil status event, he or she will have to register in accordance with the application procedure described under the heading “Registration and change of address”.

In order to keep the family registers up-to-date, the Swiss authorities need to be informed about any changes in the civil status of Swiss citizens. When such changes occur the persons concerned need to contact the Swiss representation.

Civil status changes (marital status, birth of child, death etc ) must be communicated to the Swiss authorities. Failing to provide accurate documentation may impede future administrative procedures with the Swiss authorities and even hinder the issuance of new identity documents, e.g. passports etc.