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Registrar of the civil status registers

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Records of the civil status registers (of municipalities or courts of first instance)

Older than 100 years:

Freely accessible

Not yet 100 years old:

Only public authorities, the person concerned, his or her marriage partner, legal representative, relatives, heirs, notary public and lawyer can request an excerpt without explicit consent. All other persons need an explicit authorisation issued by the family court of the judicial district in which the municipality is located.

Civil status registers that are not yet 100 old cannot, under any circumstance, be accessed publicly.

Legal framework:
Civil Code, art. 45

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