Find all the useful information for obtaining an identity card, a passport or other civil status documents.
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Find all the useful information for obtaining a Swiss passport and/or identity card. Information relating to identity documents for children and foreign citizens is also provided.
- Find out more about identity documents;
- Obtaining an identity card;
- Requesting the biometric “Passport 10” from the Passports and Nationality Department;
- Declaring the theft, loss or destruction of identity documents.
Documents issued by the civil registry office
Individual civil status certificate
For Swiss citizens, this document serves as proof of personal data as recorded in the civil register, for example name, civil status and right of citizenship. It is issued by the civil registry office of the place of origin.
The family certificate replaced the family record booklet in 2004. It serves as proof of family ties between the members of a family and parents’ civil status with respect to certain authorities. It is presented to the spouses when they are married. Recording all the members of the family, this document can be replaced following a new civil status event.
Record of civil partnership
The record of civil partnership indicates where and when a partnership was registered as well as the current personal data of the partners.
Certificate of cantonal partnership in Geneva
This certificate testifies to the official nature of the cantonal partnership Geneva and the partners’ right to be treated in the same way as married persons in their dealings with the public administration, except in matters relating to taxation and the allocation of welfare benefits unless otherwise stipulated by a provision under public law.
Marriage or civil partnership certificate
A birth certificate indicates the place, date and time of birth of a child together with their first name(s) and surname(s). It also contains information relating to the parents including their surname, first names, place of origin and place of residence. This document can be requested from the civil registry office which registered the birth.
Confirmation of recognition of a child
Confirmation of recognition can be requested from the civil registry office of the place where recognition was registered.
This document provides information concerning the deceased person and specifies when and where the death occurred. It does not indicate the cause of death. If death occurred in the City of Geneva, it is possible to request this document from the civil registry office of the City of Geneva:
Certificate of origin and right of citizenship
Drawn up on the basis of the register of persons, the certificate of origin indicates affiliation to a municipality, or the right of citizenship, with which the political rights and duties of every Swiss citizen are linked. It becomes invalid if the status of the holder changes in any way. It is required by certain cantons in the event of a change of residence.
The municipal administration retains the certificate of origin of Swiss citizens for as long as the person in question remains a citizen of the canton.
Declaration of domicile and certificate of residence
People born in Geneva or of Swiss nationality who are resident within the City of Geneva and who require a certificate of residence or a declaration of domicile can submit a request to the civil registry office of the City of Geneva.
Foreign nationals or families in which not all members, parents and children are Swiss must contact the Cantonal Bureau of Population and Migration.
- Find out more about the declaration of domicile and certificate of residence
- Obtaining a declaration of domicile
- Obtaining a certificate of residence
The civil registry office of the City of Geneva issues life certificates to Swiss citizens or foreign nationals who may or may not be resident in the City of Geneva. This is a procedure which involves certifying that a person who presents themself at the counter in possession of their identity documents is alive.
Proof of non-existence of a marriage or a partnership
This document indicates the current situation at the time it is issued.
Proof relating to parents
This document provides the current information relating to the holder and their biological parents at the time it is issued.
Proof of name
This document indicates the name currently used and any names that may previously have been used.
Proof of right of citizenship for Swiss citizens
This document provides proof of acquisition of Swiss nationality. It includes the current rights of citizenship together with the means of acquiring this and any previous rights of citizenship together with the reason for acquisition.
Proof of marriage
This document proves the existence of a marriage or dissolution of a marriage.
Confirmation of the registered civil status of a foreign national or stateless person
This document indicates the current information relation to the holder, their spouse or their partner at the time it is issued.
What to do if you lose any civil status documents
If you lose any civil status documents, you can submit a new request to the relevant department, following the same procedure as for the original certificate or document.
The Geneva cantonal police must be notified immediately of the disappearance of your identity document, in particular in the event of theft, loss or destruction.
Legalisation and transcription of documents
Legalisation and transcription are tasks carried out by the cantonal authorities. To find out what to do and who to contact, please consult the following procedures page:
Article modifié le 19.03.2020 à 18:29