Marriage witnesses: What are the rules?
Verified 10 October 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)
As future spouses, you choose the witnesses of your marriage together.
You must choose 2 minimum and 4 max.
Your witnesses are witnesses to your marriage, not one of you 2.
Your cookies must be at least 18 years (or emancipated).
No other conditions are required.
They may be family members or not.
No distinction is made between the sexes.
You testify at pre-marriage formalities.
For each, you must provide the following information:
- Date and place of birth
You can change your choice of witnesses until the official celebration.
If one of your witnesses fails or you don't have one, the registrar can find one (for example, a mayor's office).
Who can help me?
Find who can answer your questions in your region
- Civil Code: Articles 34 to 54Witnesses aged 18, parents or others, without distinction as to sex (Article 37)
- Civil Code: Articles 63 to 76Identification of witnesses (sections 63 and 74-1 to 76)
- General Civil Registration Directive of 11 May 1999 (annexe)Witnesses (items 92, 362-1 and 362-1)
- Ministerial Response No. 97545 on witnesses to a marriageWitnesses