Getting married overseas and need to register it legally in Singapore? Or simply after a wedding at the registry office? Check out our helpful guide to ensure sure your nuptials run smoothly. (Psst…! Looking for more handy articles on getting hitched – from bridal stores to reception venues? Check our our SG weddings page for all sorts of tips.)
Step 1: FILE YOUR NOTICE OF MARRIAGE ONLINE
– Head online to file a Notice of Marriage with the Registry of Marriages (ROM, rom.gov.sg)
– You’ll need the passport details of the bride and groom.
– 15 days of continuous residence in Singapore is required before you can file the notice (excluding your day of arrival).
– At this stage, make sure you can produce evidence of any divorce decrees, if applicable.
– Take note! Make sure you give at least 21 days notice of your upcoming marriage. The earliest date to file your notice is three months before.
Step 2: VERIFY YOUR DOCUMENTS
– After you’ve completed the online stage, make an appointment with ROM for them to verify all your documents. A statutory declaration will be signed at this point, meaning that all the legal requirements for a marriage have been met.
– A marriage licence will be issued, valid for 90 days (three months) and called the Notice of Marriage.
Step 3: SOLEMNISE YOUR MARRIAGE
– Wasn’t so bad, was it? Now you can proceed to the next stage – the official civil solemnisation. Here, your religious or customary wedding ceremony can be performed at a venue of your choice.
– You must have two witnesses present, aged 21 years or older.
– Your marriage ceremony must take place during the following time frame: 21 days after your Notice of Marriage issuance, but still within the 90 days – otherwise ROM will consider the whole application void.
Step 4: AFTER THE SOLEMNISATION
– Congratulations! Your marriage is registered, and your Certificate of Marriage will be signed by the registrar, yourselves (bride and groom) and your two witnesses.
Be sure to check with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on whether you have to notify your marriage. Current or former work-permit holders may need to approach MOM to ensure their application to register a marriage does not contravene any of their work permit conditions.
For more information, contact the Registry of Marriages enquiry line at 6338 7808, 7 Canning Rise.