How to Get Married in Denmark

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Getting a marriage license in Denmark requires quite a bit of documentation. Make sure you give yourselves plenty of time to meet all the marriage requirements before your wedding date.

Before you can get married in Denmark, you must have a "Certificate of Marital Status." You must send an application–a notice of marriage–to the Agency of Family Law and pay a fee of DKK 1650. They will then issue a certificate of marital status or marriage certificate depending on whether you want the marriage to be performed in Denmark or abroad. A certificate of marital status/marriage certificate is valid for four months from the date of issuance.

ID Requirement

Your original birth certificates and valid passports are required in Denmark. If your name is different now than when the documents were issued, you will need to show an official court decree about your name change.

Residency Requirement

Some locales (Kommunes) require a three-day residency. You must be physically and legally in Denmark at the time of your wedding.

If you've applied for asylum in Denmark, you cannot get married in Denmark.

Waiting Period

It is recommended that you plan on staying in Denmark for at least three weeks. It may take the marriage offices up to two weeks to process your paperwork. If the documentation you provide needs further clarification, there could be an additional two to four weeks wait.

Documentation

Documents that are not in English or German must be translated.

  • You will have to give a declaration that you are not related to one another by blood, through marriage, or adoption.
  • Registration of your family status. This cannot be older than two months.
  • You need to declare whether either of you has any natural or adopted children, or if you are expecting children by another man or woman.
  • It is recommended that you verify your marital status by showing copies of your last U.S. income tax returns.
  • Registration of your address that is issued by authorities in your municipality. It cannot be older than two months.
  • If you are living abroad, you will need to provide your residence permits.
  • Your Visa or proof of entry and arrival in Denmark may be required.
  • If you are military personnel, you will need to provide permission to marry from your Commander.
  • Before your arrival in Denmark, it is recommended that you obtain the declarations form from:
    Marriage Office/"Bryllupskontoret"
    City Hall, Raadhuspladsen
    DK-1599 Copenhagen V, Denmark
    Or call +45 33 66 23 34

Ceremonies

In Denmark, you can have either a church wedding or a civil wedding. With the mayor's permission, a civil wedding may take place in a forest, or a park, etc.

A registered partnership may only have a civil ceremony. Some religious faiths will give an ecclesiastical blessing, but they are not obliged to do so.

Church Weddings

You need to confirm the requirements of the church where you want to be married as they may want additional documentation.

Previous Marriages

You can probably save yourself some time and headaches by asking for a statement from the Court Clerk where you were divorced. Stress that the statement needs to have:

  • If either of you was divorced, you will need to show the final divorce decree, give proof that no appeal has been filed, provide a statement that you are both free to remarry. Danish authorities must approve foreign divorce or annulment decrees before a marriage can take place.
  • Your original divorce decree, the file number, and the date that the divorce received a final judgment.
  • A statement that no appeal is pending and that no appeal can be filed.
  • Confirmation that you are free to remarry after the divorce.
  • If either of you was widowed, you will need to present a death certificate or a probate court certificate.
  • In both situations, you will need to show evidence that all community property has been legally divided.
  • If you are getting married in Copenhagen, all the above documentation must be sent before you arrive in Denmark to
    Overpraesidium
    Hammerensgade 1
    DK-1267 Copenhagen K
    You can call +45 33 12 23 80 for further information.

Fees

Non-residents must pay a fee of 500 Danish Kroners.

Proxy Marriages

No.

Under 18

If either of you is under the age of 18, you will have to receive permission to marry from the prefect of the county where you reside in Denmark.

If you are getting married in Copenhagen, the Overpraesidium or Prefect of Copenhagen at Hammerensgade 1, 1267 Copenhagen K.

Telephone: 3312 2380

You will also have to provide evidence that your parents or guardian consent to your marriage. If you do have a guardian, proof of the guardianship must also be provided.

Same-Sex Marriages/Registered Partnerships

Yes. However, one of you must be a Danish citizen or you both must have lived in Denmark with a permanent address for the last two years.

"Citizens of Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and Holland equate to Danish citizens in this respect."

Registered partnerships in Denmark have the same legal rights and obligations as marriages with a few exceptions. One of the exceptions is that registered partners may not adopt children together.

Names

In Denmark, women retain their maiden names. If you want to adopt your spouse's surname, you will need to notify the Marriage Authority.

Witnesses

You will need to have two witnesses at your marriage ceremony.

Good to Know

Many public offices in Denmark close by noon on Fridays. For more information about U.S. citizens getting married in Denmark, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Denmark.