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How to get legally married in Singapore: Step-by-step guide

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.)

Remember, you must give 21 days notice ahead of your special day 

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.


Important:
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.

 

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