International Marriages in Wuhan

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Registration Manual for International Marriages

Wuhan Marriage Registration Service

  • Add: 11th fl, No.105, Gaoxiong Road, Jiang’an District
  • Tel: 0086-027-85765674

Management functions:

1. Target people:

People applying for marriage registration or marriage documentation; units who issue Documentation of Marital Status; matrimonial agencies; people applying for international marriage registration (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents, overseas Chinese, workers and students abroad, and foreigners) or for international marriage documentation.

2. Scope and Standards of Services:

Offer marriage registration; issue marriage documentation; carry out consulting services concerning marriage law and answer relevant questions; instruct, examine and supervise marriage registrations and marriage management under the jurisdiction of district and county civil administration bureaus; practice professional supervision to units issuing Marital Status Documentation and all matrimonial agencies; retrieve files for previous marriage registration; provide documentations or files required to units and organs when justified; accept reports and complaints and deal with them promptly.

3. Procedures of operation:

Both parties concerned shall submit an application with relevant certificates and documentations to the registration agency in the place where either party has a permanent residency; those with international marriage to Bottom Affairs Department of Civil Administration Bureau; the registration agency shall accept, investigate, and if qualified, register and issue Marriage Certificate, Conjugal Relation Certificate, Divorce Certificate or Marriage Dissolution Certificate.

4. Time limits for different services:

Registration of legitimate marriage to be completed in the same day; divorce and international marriage registrations within a month; documentation retrieval in the same day or within one week in the special case; reports and complaints to be investigated within one week, and get a reply within 10 days under ordinary circumstances or within 30 days under special circumstances.

5. Supervision and Discipline  

Strictly conform with Regulations to Open Affairs and Civil Services of Wuhan Civil Administration Bureau (on Trial).


Procedures of Marriage Registration for Overseas Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan Residents and International Marriages

Jurisdiction Scope and Registration Qualifications of Marriage Registration Department

I. Scope of jurisdiction:

1. Marriage registration between a local citizen with permanent residency and a foreigner, an overseas Chinese, or a Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan resident.

2. Registration of reclaiming marriage certificates for marriages between a mainlander and a foreigner, an overseas Chinese, or a Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan resident once registered in local marriage registration agency.

II. Qualifications of marriage registration for overseas Chinese and Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan residents:

1. Marry out of willingness.

2. Lawful age: male: 22 (and above); female: 20 (and above)

3. Being single (spouseless, divorced or spouse-bereft)

4. No lineal or collateral relationship between two parties concerned within three generations

5. No disease contracted which is regarded as unsuitable for marriage in medicine.

Documentations Required for Marriage Registration

I. Certificates and documentations required for different types of people:

A. Mainland residents:

1. Permanent residence booklet and ID card

2. Statements about singleness and no lineal or collateral relationship within three generations between the two parties concerned

3. Three half-length bareheaded recent pair photos of the two parties concerned (2-inch)

B. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents:

1. Valid pass and ID card

2. Statements about singleness and no lineal or collateral relationship within three generations between the two parties notarized by notary agencies of the residing district within three months

C. Overseas Chinese

1. Valid passport

2. Statements about singleness and no lineal or collateral relationship within three generations between two parties issued by notary agencies or responsible organs of residing country and authenticated by PRC embassy there within six months.

D. Foreigners:

1. Valid passport or any other valid international travel permit

2. Statements about singleness issued by notary agencies or responsible organs of residing country and authenticated by PRC embassy there or by embassy of the residing country in China within six months.

Procedures of Claiming Marriage Registrations

1. Two parties concerned shall submit an application in international marriage registration department of Guangzhou Civil Administration Bureau.

2. Fill in The Application Statement of Marriage Registration respectively.

3. Leave personal signatures or fingerprints of two persons in The Application Statement of Marriage Registration before the registrar.

4. Read out the statements respectively before the registrar.

5. Submit three half-length bareheaded recent color pair photos (2-inch).

6. Marriage registration organs shall examine the certificates, documentations and statements submitted, register and issue marriage certificates for those qualified.


Procedures of Divorce Registration for Overseas Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Residents and International Marriages

Qualifications of Divorce Registration

1. Divorce out of willingness;

2. Possess complete capacity of handling civil affairs;

3. Possess a divorce agreement in which the willingness of divorce and agreed suggestions about children support, property distribution, debt handling and other affairs are contained;

4. Possess marriage certificate issued by mainland marriage registration organ or overseas China embassy.

Documentations Required for Divorce Registration

1. Permanent residence booklet, ID card, pass, passport or any other valid international travel permit;

2. Marriage certificates of both parties;

3. Divorce agreement with signatures of both parties;

4. Two half-length bareheaded recent single photos of both parties (one-inch).

Procedures for Divorce Registration

1. Two parties concerned shall submit an application in marriage registration department together;

2. Both parties concerned shall fill A Marriage Registration Statement and leave their signatures or fingerprints in the column of Applicant before the registrar;

3. Two parties concerned shall write down “I agree” in divorce agreement and leave their signatures or fingerprints in the respective column of either party in Divorce Registration Agreement (in triplicate) before the marriage registrar;

4. Marriage registration organ shall examine all the certificates, agreements and documentations submitted, then register and issue divorce certificate for those qualified.


Procedures of Reclaiming Marriage Certificates for Overseas Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Residents, and International Marriages

Qualifications for Application

1. For loss and damage of the marriage certificate, two parties concerned shall submit the application to the original marriage registration department or to the department where either party has a permanent residency.

2. Marital status (either married or divorced) is legal and maintained.

Documentations required for reclaiming marriage certificates

1. Permanent residence booklet, ID card, pass, passport or any other valid international travel certificate.

2. Marriage registration documentations issued by files keeping departments concerned.

3. Three half-length bareheaded recent pair photos (2-inch) or two half-length bare-headed recent photos for each of them (1-inch).

Procedures of Applying for Reclaiming Marriage Certificates

1. Two parties concerned shall submit an application of reclamation to the original marriage registration department or to the department of civil administrative bureau where either party has a permanent residency.

2. Entrusted applicant shall submit the original applicant’s ID card duplicate and original trust deed with marriage registration time, undertaking organ, truster’s name and ID number notarized by local notary organs as well as the ID documentations of the trustee.

3. Applicants shall personally fill in an application statement of reclamation in front of the registrar.

4. Applicants shall read aloud the statement above to the registrar.

5. Marriage registration organ shall examine the documentations, certificates and statements of the applicants, register and re-issue the marriage certificate for those qualified.