For the marriage registration process in China, please check with the local Civil Affairs Bureau (民政局). The Singapore Consulate-General in Guangzhou is not authorised to solemnise or register marriages of citizens in China.
The Consulate-General and the Singapore Registry of Marriages (ROM)/ Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) do not issue Certificates of No Impediment (无配偶证明). You may apply to ROM/ ROMM at http://www.marriage.gov.sg/ to obtain the official Search for Marriage Records conducted on the marriage registers. The official search result can be collected at ROM/ ROMM or delivered to you by mail. Delivery to an overseas address via registered post may take longer. The Consulate-General may provide only a Letter of Marriage Record, where it is required by the Chinese authorities (e.g., with a written request from a Chinese authority).
Singaporeans who wish to register their marriage in China may provide the Chinese authorities with relevant official documents, which have been duly legalised, as proof of your marital status. These documents may include:
- An official hardcopy Search for Marriage Record issued by ROM/ ROMM within 3 months from the date of issue (searched using NRIC only) (note: this does not refer to the print copy of on-screen result generated through the free search service for marriage records).
- Marriage Certificate
- Divorce/ Annulment documents (e.g., Certificate of Final Judgement issued by the Family Justice Courts of Singapore)
- Death Certificate of Spouse
[For more information on legalising your Singapore documents for use in China, kindly refer to the Singapore Academy of Law’s website.]
Alternatively, a statutory declaration affirming your marital status may also be executed in-person at the Embassy. For execution of the statutory declaration, please bring along your valid identity document (i.e., passport), and the relevant original/ certified/ legalised documents corresponding to your marital status/ history.
Some of the common things you need to know as a Singaporean who have married overseas:
1) The Singapore law does not require Singaporeans who contracted civil marriages overseas to re-register (includes converting or endorsing a foreign marriage certificate) with the Singapore ROM. The marriage certificate issued by the competent authority of the foreign country may be accepted as prima facie evidence of a marriage between the parties named in the certificate.
2) You may update agencies which you have dealings with, about your new marital status. For example, you may wish to update your marital status with CPF Board to change your nomination of CPF beneficiary (Note advice by CPF Board: - Nomination made before your marriage will be revoked when you marry. For more information, please refer to www.cpf.gov.sg).
3) If your spouse is a foreigner and you like to obtain permanent residence or citizenship for her, you may seek the advice of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. For your information, the marriage between a Singaporean and a foreigner will not automatically entitle the foreign spouse to the right to reside in Singapore permanently. Similarly, it will not automatically entitle the foreign spouse to the issue or renewal of any Immigration Passes to remain or to work in Singapore. For more information, you may visit the websites of https://www.ica.gov.sg/documents or www.mom.gov.sg.