Clarification of Answer by
27 Aug 2004 05:51 PDT
Please refer to the following website for "MARRIAGE OF UNITED STATES
CITIZENS ABROAD". Please refer to the section "Documentation and
Authentication" for your query.
"Who May Perform Marriages Abroad
American diplomatic and consular officers are NOT permitted to perform
marriages (Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations 52.1). Marriages
abroad are almost always performed by local (foreign) civil or
As a rule, marriages are not performed on the premises of an American
embassy or consulate. The validity of marriages abroad is not
dependent upon the presence of an American diplomatic or consular
officer, but upon adherence to the laws of the country where the
marriage is performed. Consular officers may authenticate foreign
marriage documents. The fee for authentication of a document is
Validity of Marriages Abroad
In general, marriages which are legally performed and valid abroad are
also legally valid in the United States. Inquiries regarding the
validity of a marriage abroad should be directed to the attorney
general of the state in the United States where the parties to the
Foreign Laws and Procedures
The embassy or tourist information bureau of the country in which the
marriage is to be performed is the best source of information about
marriage in that country. Some general information on marriage in a
limited number of countries can be obtained from Overseas Citizens
Services, Room 4811, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520. In
addition, American embassies and consulates abroad frequently have
information about marriage in the country in which they are located.
Marriages abroad are subject to the residency requirements of the
country in which the marriage is to be performed. There is almost
always a lengthy waiting period.
Documentation and Authentication
Most countries require that a valid U.S. passport be presented. In
addition, birth certificates, divorce decrees, and death certificates
are frequently required. Some countries require that the documents
presented to the marriage registrar first be authenticated in the
United States by a consular official of that country. This process can
be time consuming and expensive."
You may also read a detailed document titled "How to Get Married in
Germany, Denmark & Switzerland". It has all the details about Genera
Procedure, Procedure, Legalization, Returning back to US.
I hope that helps.