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 (to be paid in ZAR)
Certificate of origin CHF 70.00
Marriage certificate CHF 70.00
Birth certificate CHF 70.00
Death certificate CHF 70.00
Family certificate CHF 90.00
Individual civil status document, 1 person CHF 70.00
Individual civil status document, 2 persons of the same family CHF 100.00
Individual civil status document, 3 persons of the same family CHF 130.00

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.