Obtaining recognition of a marriage performed abroad

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With respect to recognition of marriages, the principle is that a marriage which is validly entered into under the law of the State where the marriage takes place, or that later becomes valid in that State, must be recognised by any other State.

A couple married abroad has a clear interest in having that marriage recognised in Luxembourg if they decide to move there – particularly for reasons of tax, social security and establishing the parentage of children.

The Luxembourg authorities will not necessarily be aware of a marriage celebrated abroad, so it is important to follow specific procedures to have the marriage officially recognised in Luxembourg.

Who is concerned?

This applies to the following people:

  • a Luxembourg resident who marries a national of a third country in that third country or in another foreign country (whether an EU Member State or not) and wishing to reside legally in Luxembourg;
  • a national of a third country (whether an EU Member State or not) having entered into a marriage abroad (in the EU or outside it) and wishing to reside legally in Luxembourg.

How to proceed

Application for recognition of a foreign marriage

To obtain recognition of a marriage celebrated abroad, both spouses must appear before the civil registrar of the commune where they live. The following documents are required for obtaining recognition:

  • a valid ID card, for Luxembourg nationals;
  • a valid passport, for foreign nationals;
  • a marriage certificate duly certified pursuant to the laws of the country where the marriage was celebrated.

The civil registrar will verify the spouses' domiciles when the file is prepared.

Any civil status act (such as a marriage) between Luxembourg nationals and foreigners performed in a foreign country will be honoured in Luxembourg if carried out in accordance with the proper procedures of that country. Marriage certificates prepared by the competent foreign authorities and concerning Luxembourg nationals may be transcribed into the civil register of their domicile.

Therefore, as long as proof of the marriage is provided by producing the marriage certificate (prepared in accordance with the formal requirements of the jurisdiction where it was celebrated), the marriage must be presumed to have been established before the Luxembourgish authorities, since Luxembourgish law recognises civil status documents issued abroad.

It should be noted that a marriage between 2 persons of the same gender, validly celebrated before 1 January 2015, will be recognised in Luxembourg on condition that the following conditions are complied with:

  • the required formalities in the foreign country;
  • the applicable law depending on the personal status of each individual (such as single people, minors, etc.);
  • international treaties;
  • Luxembourg marriage law.

Reasons for refusal of an application for recognition

The civil registrar may refuse to recognise the validity of a marriage if, under Luxembourg law, at the time of the marriage, one of the spouses:

  • was already married; or
  • was related to the other spouse within one degree in a direct line, or was the other spouse's sibling by birth or adoption; or
  • had not reached the minimum required age to marry and had not obtained a dispensation; or
  • was mentally incapable of giving valid consent; or
  • had not freely consented to the marriage.

Recognition may also be refused if it is manifestly incompatible with Luxembourg public policy (such as in the case of polygamy).

Who to contact

Communal Administrations

  • Beaufort

    Address:
    9, rue de l'Eglise L-6315 Beaufort Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 86 93 88
    Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.30 (closed on Thursday afternoon) / open until 20.00 on Wednesdays
  • Bech

    Address:
    1, Enneschtgaass L-6230 Bech Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 06 74
    Email address:
    bech@pt.lu
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00 (closed on Monday afternoons); Thursday: 13.00 - 19.00 (open until 17.00 during school holidays)
  • Beckerich

    Address:
    6, Dikrecherstrooss L-8523 Beckerich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 62 91 62
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 08.30 - 12.00; Wednesday: 08.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.45
  • Berdorf

    Address:
    5, rue de Consdorf L-6551 Berdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 91 89
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00; Monday to Wednesday: 14.00 - 16.00; Thursday: 14.00 - 19.00
  • Bertrange

    Address:
    2, beim Schlass L-8058 Bertrange Luxembourg
    B.P. 28 L-8005 Bertrange
    Fax:
    (+352) 26 31 27 57
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00
  • Bettembourg

    Address:
    13, rue du Château L-3217 Bettembourg Luxembourg
    B.P. 29 L-3201 Bettembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 51 80 80-601
    Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 16.30 / "Biergerzenter" open until 19.00 on Thursdays
  • Bettendorf

    Address:
    1, rue Neuve L-9353 Bettendorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 80 92 34
    Monday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 18.45; Tuesday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 16.30 (closed on Wednesdays)
  • Betzdorf

    Address:
    11, rue du Château L-6922 Berg Luxembourg
    B.P. 2 L-6901 Roodt/Syre
    Fax:
    (+352) 77 00 82
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 13.30 - 16.30
    (bureau de la population et état civil) / Uniquement sur RDV: lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi: 16.30 - 17.00; mercredi: 07.00 - 08.00
  • Bissen

    Address:
    1, rue des Moulins L-7784 Bissen Luxembourg
    B.P. 25 L-7703 Bissen
    Fax:
    (+352) 85 97 63
    Monday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 18.30 (only population service);
    Tuesday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 (closed on Thursday morning)
  • Biwer

    Address:
    6, Kiirchestrooss L-6834 Biwer Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 71 90 25
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30
    (fermé le 1ier mercredi de chaque mois le matin, ouvert le 1ier mercredi de chaque mois l'après-midi de 14.00 - 18.00)
  • Boulaide

    Address:
    3, rue de la Mairie L-9640 Boulaide Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 36 92
    Monday, Thursday: 14.00 - 17.00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 08.30 - 12.00
  • Bourscheid

    Address:
    1, Schlassweee L-9140 Bourscheid Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 03 57-565
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00; Monday: 14.00 - 18.00; Tuesday to Friday: 14.00 - 16.00 (except on Wednesdays)
  • Bous-Waldbredimus

    Address:
    20, rue Luxembourg L-5408 Bous Luxembourg
    Phone:
    (+352) 28 86 04 01
    Biergerzenter
    Fax:
    (+352) 28 86 04 109
    Other services: please make an appointment during normal office hours
  • Clervaux

    Address:
    Montée du Château L-9712 Clervaux Luxembourg
    B.P. 35 L-9701 Clervaux
    Fax:
    (+352) 27 800-900
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30; mardi à vendredi: 14.00 - 16.30
    mercredi ouvert jusqu'à 19.00 (uniquement bureau de la population, sauf la veille d'un jour férié)
  • Colmar-Berg

    Address:
    5, rue de la Poste L-7730 Colmar-Berg Luxembourg
    B.P. 10 L-7701 Colmar-Berg
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 55 43-225
    Monday to Thursday: 08.00 - 12.00; Wednesday: 13.00 - 17.00 (closed on Fridays)
  • Consdorf

    Address:
    8, route d'Echternach L-6212 Consdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 04 31
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00; open until 18.00 on Tuesdays
  • Contern

    Address:
    4, Place de la Mairie L-5310 Contern Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 35 72 36
    Email address:
    info@contern.lu
    Monday-Friday: 08.15 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 / or by appointment between 07.00 - 08.15 and 16.30 - 18.30
  • Dalheim

    Address:
    Gemengeplaz L-5680 Dalheim Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 60 53-50
    Closed Monday and Friday afternoon; appointments can be made for urgent administrative matters.
  • Diekirch

    Address:
    27, avenue de la Gare L-9233 Diekirch Luxembourg
    B.P. 145 L-9202 Diekirch
    Fax:
    (+352) 80 87 80-250
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 / Bureau de la population et état civil: mercredi jusqu'à 18.00
  • Differdange

    Address:
    40, avenue Charlotte L-4530 Differdange Luxembourg
    B.P. 12 L-4501 Differdange
    Fax:
    (+352) 58 77 1-1210
    Monday and Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 / the "Biergeramt" is also open on Saturday morning: 09.00 - 11.00
  • Dippach

    Address:
    11, rue de l'Eglise L-4994 Schouweiler Luxembourg
    B.P. 59 L-4901 Bascharage
    Fax:
    (+352) 27 95 25-299
    Email address:
    commune@dippach.lu
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.00; open until 18.00 on Mondays; Wednesday from 07.30
  • Dudelange

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-3590 Dudelange Luxembourg
    B.P. 73 L-3401 Dudelange
    Fax:
    (+352) 51 61 21-299
    Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-17.00; Wednesday: 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-19.00; Thursday: 8.00-17.00
  • Echternach

    Address:
    2, place du Marché L-6460 Echternach Luxembourg
    B.P. 22 L-6401 Echternach
    Fax:
    (+352) 72 92 22-51
    Lundi à jeudi: 08.30 -11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 ; vendredi: 08.30 - 13.00 heures / Bureau de la population et état civil: lundi ouvert jusqu’à 19.00
  • Ell

    Address:
    27, Haaptstrooss L-8530 Ell Luxembourg
    B.P. 9 L-8501 Redange/Attert
    Fax:
    (+352) 26 62 38-55
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 08.15 - 11.45; Thursday: 13.30 - 18.30
  • Erpeldange sur Sûre

    Address:
    21, Porte des Ardennes L-9145 Erpeldange-sur-Sûre Luxembourg
    B.P. 39 L-9001 Ettelbruck
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 97 08
    Monday: 07.30 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 18.00; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 07.30 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 16.30; closed on Wednesday
  • Esch sur Alzette

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg
    B.P. 145 L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette
    Fax:
    (+352) 54 35 14 667
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 17.00 ("Biergeramt")
  • Esch-sur-Sûre

    Address:
    1, an der Gaass L-9150 Eschdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 91 12-25
    Monday to Thursday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 16.30 ; open until 18.30 on Mondays, Friday: 08.00 - 11.30
  • Ettelbruck

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-9087 Ettelbruck Luxembourg
    B.P. 116 L-9002 Ettelbruck
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 91 81-364
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30; open until 18.30 on Wednesdays
  • Feulen

    Address:
    25, route de Bastogne L-9176 Niederfeulen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 79 08
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 (closed on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon); Monday; 13.00 - 16.00; Wednesday: 13.00-17.00,; Thursday: 13.00 - 18.00
  • Fischbach

    Address:
    1, rue de l'Eglise L-7430 Fischbach Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 32 70 84-50
    Monday-Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 18.00
  • Flaxweiler

    Address:
    1, rue de Berg L-6926 Flaxweiler Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 77 08 33
    Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30
  • Frisange

    Address:
    10, Munnerëferstrooss L-5701 Frisange Luxembourg
    B.P. 12 L-5701 Aspelt
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 66 06 88
    closed on Friday afternoon
  • Garnich

    Address:
    15, rue de l'Ecole L-8353 Garnich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 38 00 19 90
    Monday-Friday: 08.30-11.30; Monday: 14.00 - 18.00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 14.00 - 16.00; Thursday afternoon closed.
  • Goesdorf

    Address:
    1, Op der Driicht L-9653 Goesdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 89 91 73
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30; every 2nd Tuesday evening from 16.30-18.30 / closed on Wednesday.
  • Grevenmacher

    Address:
    6, Place du Marché L-6755 Grevenmacher Luxembourg
    B.P. 5 L-6701 Grevenmacher
    Fax:
    (+352) 75 03 11-80
  • Grosbous-Wahl

    Address:
    1, rue de Bastogne L-9154 Grosbous Luxembourg
    PO box 7 L-9006 Grosbous
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 86 55
  • Habscht

    Address:
    Place Denn L-8465 Eischen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 39 01 33-209
    Maison communale à Eischen: lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00; lundi, jeudi, vendredi: 13.00 - 17.00; mardi: 13.00 - 19.00; mercredi fermé / Bureau communal à Hobscheid: mercredi: 10.00 - 12.00 / Bureau communal à Septfontaines: mercredi: 13.30 - 16.30
  • Heffingen

    Address:
    2, am Duerf L-7651 Heffingen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 87 97 54
  • Helperknapp

    Address:
    2, rue de Hollenfels L-7481 Tuntange Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 28 80 40-299
    Monday: 08.00 – 11.30 / Tuesday: 07.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 16.30 / Wednesday: 08.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 16.30 (* Nocturne every first Wednesday of the month until 18.30 / Thursday: 08.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 16.30 (** Thursday afternoon by appointment only) / Friday: 08.h00 – 11.30.
  • Hesperange

    Address:
    474, route de Thionville L-5886 Hesperange Luxembourg
    B.P. 10 L-5801 Hesperange
    Fax:
    (+352) 36 00 06
    Monday to Friday: 07.45 - 11.45 and 13.30 - 17.00; open until 18.00 on Thursdays
  • Junglinster

    Address:
    12, rue de Bourglinster L-6112 Junglinster Luxembourg
    B.P. 14 L-6101 Junglinster
    Fax:
    (+352) 78 83 19
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.30 et 13.00 - 16.30 / ouvert jeudi jusqu'à 19.00 (sauf la veille d'un jour férié)
  • Käerjeng

    Address:
    24, rue de l'Eau L-4920 Bascharage Luxembourg
    B.P. 50 L-4901 Bascharage
    Fax:
    (+352) 50 05 52 399
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.00 (or by appointment)
  • Kayl

    Address:
    4, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville L-3674 Kayl Luxembourg
    B.P. 56 L-3601 Kayl
    Fax:
    (+352) 56 33 23
  • Kehlen

    Address:
    15, rue de Mamer L-8280 Kehlen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 30 91 91-200
    Monday-Friday: 07.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.00
  • Kiischpelt

    Address:
    7, op der Gare L-9776 Wilwerwiltz Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 92 06 15
    Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 16.30
  • Koerich

    Address:
    2, rue du Château L-8385 Koerich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 39 73 62
  • Kopstal

    Address:
    28, rue de Saeul L-8189 Kopstal Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 30 04 15
    Monday to Friday: 07.30 - 12.00 and 13.30 - 16.00
  • Lac de la Haute-Sûre

    Address:
    7, Duerfstrooss L-9635 Bavigne Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 35 53
    Monday, Friday: 08.00 -11.30; Tuesday, Thursday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 (closed on Wednesdays)
  • Larochette

    Address:
    33, chemin J.A. Zinnen L-7626 Larochette Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 87 96 46
    Service population: lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 17.00, lundi ouvert jusqu'à 19.00 / Sécrétariat et état civil: lundi à vendredi de 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 à 17.00
  • Lenningen

    Address:
    3, rue de l'Église L-5414 Canach Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 35 97 36
    Population office and civil registry office: Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 16.00; by prior appointment also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 07.00 to 08.00 and on Wednesdays from 16.00 to 18.00
  • Leudelange

    Address:
    5, Place des Martyrs L-3361 Leudelange Luxembourg
    B.P. 32 L-3205 Leudelange
    Fax:
    (+352) 37 92 92 50
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.00; open until 18.30 on Thursdays
  • Lintgen

    Address:
    2, rue de Diekirch L-7440 Lintgen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 32 03 59-35
    Monday-Friday: 08.30 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00; open until 19.00 on Thursdays
  • Lorentzweiler

    Address:
    87, route de Luxembourg L-7373 Lorentzweiler Luxembourg