If you have already registered your marriage in Hong Kong and wish to obtain a certified copy of marriage certificate, you can apply for a search of marriage records and / or a certified copy of marriage certificate. Please read the ensuing paragraphs carefully to find out how and where to apply for the record, the processing time, the application fees and the collection method.
Important Notice: Please ascertain the type of service that you need before submitting an application. If you wish to obtain a certificate of absence of marriage record instead of a certified copy of marriage certificate, please refer to “Certificate of Absence of Marriage Record”.
Firstly, you need to apply for a search of marriage records by providing the particulars of the marriage. Payment of the prescribed fee for a record search is required unless the application is made on the same day as the marriage solemnized.
If the marriage record concerned is located, a certified copy of marriage certificate of such marriage will be issued to you upon further payment of another prescribed fee. If the marriage record is not found, or you do not require a certified copy of marriage certificate, a result slip will be issued to you.
You can send your application for a search of marriage records in Hong Kong and/or a certified copy of marriage certificate in person, by post or online.
If you apply in person, you can hand in your completed application form to the Marriage Registration and Records Office or a marriage registry.
If you want to apply by post, you should send your completed application form to:
Marriage Registration and Records Office
3/F, Low Block
Queensway Government Offices
You can choose to apply online by clicking on the hyperlink under “Related Topics”:
For applications made in person, you need to produce your Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document. For online applications, you will need to produce the relevant documents at the time of collection of search result and/or certified copy.
It takes about 10 minutes to process an in-person application at counter. To apply online, it takes you 10 to 20 minutes. For the issue of search result and/or certified copy of marriage certificate, you will have to wait for nine working days (working days denote Monday to Friday excluding General Holidays).
If you apply in person, you should collect the search result and/or certified copy of marriage certificate at the marriage registry where you made the application.
If you apply by post, the search result and/or certified copy of marriage certificate will be sent to you by post.
If you apply online, you are required to collect in person the search result and/or the certified copy of the marriage certificate concerned at your selected registry.
When you complete the online application, the collection date will be shown on the acknowledgement receipt. Please remember to print or save the acknowledgement receipt, or write down the application reference, collection date and registry selected for collection. You are required to produce the printout or provide the application reference number upon collection at your selected registry.
If you do not collect the search result and/or the certified copy of the concerned certificate from that registry within 6 months of the collection date, they will be cancelled.