Ordering civil status documents

This webpage shows how and where to order an extract from the Swiss civil status register (Infostar) concerning yourself.

Civil status document Where to order
Certificate of origin Registry office of the place of origin
Marriage certificate Registry office of the place of marriage
Birth certificate Registry office of the place of birth
Death certificate Registry office of the place of death
Family certificate Registry office of the place of origin
Individual civil status certificate Registry office of the place of origin
Certificate related to the status of family registred Registry office of the place of origin

  • You must order the civil status document required through the intermediary of the Swiss representation responsible for your place of domicile abroad, paying an advance on the cost. Please contact the Swiss representation for the exact amount in the local currency.

Civil status documents that can be ordered through the intermediary of the Swiss representation Advance payment USD
Certificate of origin Contact your Swiss representation
Marriage certificate Contact your Swiss representation
Birth certificate Contact your Swiss representation
Death certificate Contact your Swiss representation
Family certificate Contact your Swiss representation
Individual civil status document Contact your Swiss representation

Once the total sum due has been calculated the difference will be billed to you or reimbursed

It will generally require at least 30 working days, depending on the  registry office involved, before the order can be filed through the intermediary of the competent Swiss representation.

The Swiss representation reserves the right to adapt the amounts at any time in relation to exchange rate fluctuations.

Documents issued by a Swiss authority normally require diplomatic or consular legalisation or legalisation by apostille prior to their submission to a foreign authority. You will find information on legalisation under the heading Legalisations.

Obtaining U.S. Vital Records

Transcripts of birth and death records are issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the capital of the state in which the birth or death occurred. Certified copies of marriage records may be obtained from the County Clerk who issued the marriage license. Certified copies of divorce decrees may be requested from the court that granted the divorce. US vital records

Please send your documents only to the Swiss representation where you are registered. 

Foreign Civil Status Documents

Foreign civil status documents must be legalized by the Swiss diplomatic or consular representation responsible for that state. The requirements are very different from one country to the other.To find out which documents will have to be submitted, consult the webpage of the responsible Swiss representation or ask your Swiss representation in the United States.

Photocopies are not accepted. 

Cayman Islands Civil Status Documents

Please note that all documents of civil status issued in the Cayman Island require an Apostille.

For information contact the Authorities of the Cayman Islands.