EU Eases Documentation for Citizens Moving to Other Member States

EU Eases Documentation for Citizens Moving to Other Member States

European Union (EU) citizens no longer have to present certified copies and translations of personal public documents (including birth, death, and marriage certificates) issued in one member state when moving to another, under a regulation effective 16 Feb 2019. A multilingual standard form, available in all EU languages, can be attached as a translation aid to avoid translation requirements. 

The regulation includes safeguards to prevent fraud and procedures to allow member states to verify a document’s authenticity using the Internal Market Information System. Member states retain the right to apply their national rules concerning the contents and effects of public documents.

The regulation, which aims to reduce bureaucratic procedures and costs, covers documents verifying:

  • Birth
  • A person’s status as alive
  • Death
  • A person’s name
  • Marriage (including capacity to marry and marital status)
  • Divorce
  • Legal separation and marriage annulment
  • Registered partnership, including capacity to enter into a registered partnership and registered partnership status
  • Parenthood
  • Adoption
  • Domicile or residence
  • Nationality
  • Absence of a criminal record
  • The right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal elections and European Parliament elections

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