Obligation to report
According to the Ordinance on civil status (OCS), Swiss nationals as well as foreigners who are in a family law relation with a Swiss citizen are under an obligation to report events and decisions affecting their civil status to the competent Swiss representation abroad. They are under the same obligation in so far as foreign declarations and decisions are concerned. The Swiss Federal Act on Private International Law stipulates that a foreign decision or document concerning civil status is entered into the Swiss civil status register (Infostar) on the basis of a decision by the cantonal civil status supervisory authority.
The Swiss representation acts in civil status matters according to the instructions of the Federal Office of Civil Status (FOCS) of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ). Foreign documents should in principle be submitted to the competent Swiss representation. The Swiss Abroad report to the Swiss representation responsible for their place of residence abroad the events, declarations and decisions that affect their civil status according to the Swiss Abroad Ordinance (SAO).
Ordinance on civil status (OCS; SR 211.112.2) (de, fr, it)
Swiss Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291) (de, fr, it)
Swiss Abroad Ordinance (SAO; SR 195.11)
Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) – Civil Status (de, fr, it)