If your spouse or partner has an EU, EEA, Swiss, or Nordic citizenship, he or she is allowed to reside in Denmark due to the right of free movement. If this is not the case, you and your spouse will have to meet some requirements concerning you, your spouse, and your marriage/partnership. Note that special rules apply to researchers.
Should your spouse or partner choose to study during his or her stay in Randers, you can find information about education in Randers, including tuition in the Danish language and culture, here.
All couples who live in Randers and wish to marry must fill in a marriage declaration. You can fill in the declaration by using the self-service solution below or you can go down to the Citizen Service Center, located at Odinsgade 14, 8900 Randers C, and get a marriage declaration there.
You have to pay DKK 850 to get married by the local authority in Denmark. If you use the self-service solution, you will be asked to pay before you submit the form to the local authority. You can only pay by credit card, and your credit card will be debited once you have filled in the declaration and submitted it.
When you hand in the marriage declaration, you need to bring the following documentation:
- Documentation that shows you are staying in Denmark legally at the time of the marriage - for example a residence permit, visa, or entry stamp. Procedural stay (for example during an asylum case) does not provide the legal grounds for marrying in Denmark. This is also the case during complaint cases.
- Birth or naming certificate.
- Civil status certificate (a declaration from your native country that shows you are single). It must be translated into Danish or English and be no more than two months old. If your native country is not in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, the certificate must include an apostille or a legalisation statement.
- A divorce decree or a death certificate, including an apostille or a legalisation statement, if you are divorced or a widow/widower. It must be translated into Danish or English.
If your documents have been issued in a country that is a member of the Apostille Convention, it is enough to attain an apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the specific country.
The date of the marriage will be set, when you hand in the marriage declaration. The marriage can take place no earlier 14 days after you hand in the marriage declaration.
Civil marriages are celebrated in the City Hall (Rådhuset) at Rådhustorvet 1, 8900 Randers C.
You must have two witnesses to your marriage. The marriage ceremony can be conducted in Danish, English, or German. If you wish to have it in another language, you will need to provide an interpreter, who can also be one of your witnesses. You are welcome to bring up to 75 guests to help celebrate the event.
The weddings in the City Hall can take place on Friday or Saturday from 10 a.m. all year. From April 1 to September 1, they can also take place on Thursday from 10 a.m. Randers Municipality does not conduct weddings in the City Hall on Sundays or holidays.
According to the Danish Marriage Act, foreigners cannot change their names in connection with the marriage. Such changes must be undertaken by the proper authority in the foreigner's home country.