Austrian civil status documents

On 1 November 2014, the national electronic Civil Status and Citizenship Register was introduced in line with the new Civil Status Act (Personenstandsgesetz, PStG 2013).

The Austrian representation authorities are thus now entitled to issue civil status documents (birth, marriage, death and partnership certificates) based on this register.

It will, however, take some time until the full changeover to the new register is completed and thus longer handling periods are currently to be expected.

A newly introduced requirement under the 2013 Civil Status Act is mandatory notification of any changes effected abroad (i.e. name change, marriage, divorce) to general civil status data processed in line with the Civil Status Act. The act does, however, not provide for a deadline for meeting this requirement. The notification of a child’s birth is not covered by this notification obligation.

Furthermore, the law also provides for the right of access to information regarding one’s own data saved in Central Civil Status Register.

Application forms for having a civil status document issued or for requests for information regarding one's own data can be found on this page.