New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Marrying in New Zealand

If you do not live in New Zealand you should firstly check with the authorities in the place you normally live to see if there are any special steps you must take or rules that apply to you when you marry in New Zealand.

You will require a German Passport with at least 6 months validity. If you have been married before, then a translated copy of divorce papers is required.

Anybody can marry in New Zealand as long as they are legally free to marry. Under New Zealand law this means that

  • They are not already married (or if they have been married, the marriage has been dissolved by a court of law). 
  • If you have been married before then you need to produce translated evidence that the marriage has been dissolved. If your previous spouse has died, then you will have to give the date of death on the Notice of Intended Marriage.
  • They are old enough to marry (16 or over, although parental consent is required if either party is younger than 20 years old).
  • They are not closely related by blood, marriage or adoption. Details of these prohibited marriages appear on the form Notice of Intent to Marriage BDM58. 

Details of what to do before you get married can be found on the Births, Deaths and Marriages website or by calling the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.

You will need to decide when and where you will marry. You need these details to complete your application for a Marriage Licence.

Choose a Marriage Celebrant. You will need to contact a Registrar of Marriages in New Zealand for a list of approved marriage celebrants.

Get a Marriage Licence. Complete a BDM 58 form (this can only witnessed at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, and there is a fee for this service. Please contact the Embassy). Or it can be done one week before at the place where you marry in New Zealand. This form must be done in person and faxed copies to the Marriage Registrar are not accepted, as the party must sign a Statutory Declaration.

Details on how to obtain a copy of your Marriage Certificate can be found on the Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

German Officials often require a New Zealand Marriage Certificate to bear an Apostille. To obtain information about this, please visit the Births, Deaths and Marriages website or contact the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.

Details of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in New Zealand:

Wellington

Births Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 10-526
Wellington
47 Boulcott Street
Wellington
Call Free: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Phone: 0064 4 474 8150
Fax: 0064 4 4382 3515
Email:

Auckland

The Identity Services Auckland Office
Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 6147
Level 6, AA Building
99 Albert Street
Auckland
Call Free: 0800 22 52 52 (New Zealand only)
Tel: As for Wellington
Fax: 0064 3 366 9141

Manukau

Corner Amersham Way & Osterly Way
PO Box 76-222
Manukau City
Fax: 0064 4 9 262 2404

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