Convention on the Issue of Multilingual Extracts from Civil Status Records

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Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records
Signed8 September 1976
EffectiveJuly 30, 1983
Condition5 ratifications
Parties24: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands (European territory), Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey

The Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records (French: Convention du 8 septembre 1976 relative à la délivrance d'extraits plurilingues d'actes de l'état civil) is a multilateral convention, drafted by the International Commission on Civil Status which defines a uniform format for extracts on civil status (birth, marriage, death).[1] The convention was signed in Vienna 8 September 1976 by 12 European states, and entered into force 30 July 1983 upon the ratification of the 5th state. As 17 October 2015, the convention is in force in 23 European countries and Cape Verde; the convention is open for accession to any state.[2]


State parties are obliged to issue multilingual extracts on request and accept the abstracts of other countries and handle them not differently from national extracts: "they shall be handled without legislation or equivalent formality in the territory of each state". They should provide translations of basic items on status records (e.g. Death of the husband) for inclusion by the other state parties.


Extracts are to be produced in the language of the issuing country, in French and one other language on the front with optional translations in the other deposited languages on the back. The certificates are known as Formule A for births, Formule B for marriages and Formule C for deaths.


  1. ^ La Commission Internationale de l'État Civil (accessed 26 July 2010) Convention Text Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (accessed 28 March 2011) Detailpage treaties