Registration of Marriage in South Korea
Information on the marriage process in South Korea. Find out about registering a marriage in South Korea and how to get a marriage certificate
The Marriage Ceremony
Getting married in South Korea usually consists of two ceremonies:
- Civil marriage registration: this takes place at the local City Hall/district office (gu-cheong); it is compulsory and makes a marriage legally binding
- Wedding ceremony: this can take place in various venues and is optional, although it is common for most Koreans
Once all the required documents have been obtained, the bride and groom must go to their local City Hall (gu-cheong) and declare their intention to marry. They must be accompanied by two Korean citizens to act as witnesses. The following information is needed:
- Names of the bride and groom in English
- Date of birth of the bride and groom
- Fill out marriage registration form
The two Korean citizens are required to act as witnesses at the civil marriage registration and must sign the register to declare that the marriage is legitimate.
The consent of both sets of parents or guardians is required if either of the couple is between 18 and 20 years of age.
Once all the relevant documents have been submitted and filed for marriage registration, the registration form is stamped. The couple are then issued with a filing receipt which proves that the marriage report has been accepted.
For marriages between a Korean citizen and a foreigner, a Korean marriage certificate is issued within seven working days. For marriages between two foreigners, a verification certificate is issued within three to four working days, the marriage is then valid.