Austrian citizens may ask the Consulate General in New York, if need be, to help them obtain civil documents. However, a fee will be charged and the following must be true:
a) Austrian citizens living within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate need civil documents from Austria.
b) Austrian citizens living outside the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate need civil documents from governmental agencies located in the area covered by the Consulate. In the latter case, the documents requested will be sent to you via the headoffice in Vienna or an Austrian Embassy/Consulate abroad.
Please note: Due to strict Austrian privacy laws, documents and official certificates can be requested only by the subject, the spouse, the children, and the parents. Thus, the following information must at least be included in the request:
a) Purpose for which document is needed,
b) Relationship to the person whose record is requested,
c) Proof of that relationship by sending e.g. copy of your passport, copy of marriage certificate etc.
A. Documents from Austria
a) Civil documents (Certificates of Birth, Marriage, and Death)
Please contact the local Vital Records Registry (Standesamt) of the village/town/city concerned and request the document you are looking for to be issued on an "international" form (to avoid any translation hassles later on). The addresses and phone numbers of all Vital Records Registries in Austria are listed in the Austrian phone directory and at the Behördenwegweiser.
Please note that until 1938 (in Burgenland till 1895) the registration of births, marriages, and deaths was done by the local churches and religious communities. Starting in 1870 and lasting till 1938, civil documents of individuals without a religious affiliation were issued by the county government. In the province of Burgenland, civil documents have been issued by the towns and villages since 1895.
Tip: Civil documents issued by Austrian authorities in general need an apostille to be both valid and recognized in the United States (see link: "Authentication"). Thus, please do not forget to apply for an apostille as well when requesting an Austrian civil document.
b) Driver's License
In the case of loss or theft of your Austrian driver's license abroad, you may request a replacement at the competent authority in Austria via the Consulate. The Austrian Consulate General itself does not issue driver's licenses.
To request a replacement for a stolen/lost driver's license, please provide the following documents:
- Application (in German only)
- ID (passport)
- 1 passport picture (same criteria as for Austrian passports)
- if applicable: police report for your lost/stolen driver's license
- if possible: copy of lost or stolen driver's license
- proof of last residence in Austria (Meldezettel)
- proof of current residence in the US (US driver's license, lease, utility bill,...)
It is not compulsory to swap your old-format driver's license for a driver's license in check card size. The application and payment can be processed through a consulate or an honorary consulate.
c) Other documents and certificates
Certificates of good conduct (criminal record) from Austria can be requested via the Consulate General or one of the Honorary Consulates. Further information can be found by following the link to "Certificate of good conduct (criminal record)."
Copies of Austrian divorce decrees can be obtained by directly contacting the District Court which has issued the decree. It is recommended to call first. Addresses and phone numbers are listed at the Behördenwegweiser.
Personal Identity Cards ("Personalausweis"; some countries accept them as travel documents) can also be obtained through the Austrian Consulate. You would need to provide the same documents as for the application of a new passport. You can download the application form for a personal ID card (Personalausweis) here.
B. Documents issued by governmental authorities and agencies located in the area covered by the Consulate
Austrian citizens living in Austria who need official documents and certificates from governmental authorities and agencies located in the area covered by the Consulate are kindly asked to directly contact either the governmental agency (e.g. village, county) in the US or the citizen help desk at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vienna.
Addresses, phone numbers, and links to governmental authorities and agencies in the US are listed at: