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: