Can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

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Q:  I got married at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, but I lost my marriage certificate and need to replace it.  Can you provide a new one to me?  Or an official copy?

A:  As thrilled as we are to be a part of the wedded bliss when couples in love officially start their lives together, we do not, in fact, perform marriages at the U.S. Embassy.  What we do is assist with notarizing affidavits of eligibility to marry and the marriage certificate issued to you by the local Korean ward office, which is technically where you got married.  Sorry, there is no central registry of American citizen marriages, and we don’t keep any marriage documents on file at the embassy.

Here is how to get what you want:  For marriages registered after January 31, 1995, you can get a copy of the marriage certificate from the Korean ward office where the marriage is registered.  For marriages registered before January 31, 1995, a copy may be obtained from Seoul City Hall since, before that date, local ward offices did not register marriages of non-Koreans.

Currently, most Americans register their marriage with the Jongno Ward Office, since that office is the nearest ward office to the embassy.  If your marriage is registered at Jongno ward office, you can request a certified copy by contacting thier office.  They can also be reached through Dasan Call Center at 82-2-120.

If your marriage is registered at Seoul City Hall (i.e. before January 31, 1995), you can get a certified copy of your marriage certificate by writing to the Citizens Section, Seoul City Hall in Seoul, Korea.  They can be reached at 82-2-120 (Dasan Call Center).

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14 responses to “Can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

  1. How long before I could get s copy my lost marriage certificate?

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. We believe the processing times may vary depending on the location of your marriage registration. If your marriage was registered after January 31, 1995, you need to contact the Korean ward office where your marriage was registered about the processing times. For marriages registered before January 31, 1995, you need to contact Seoul City Hall directly at 82-2-2133-7903 to inquire about the processing times. You may also contact Seoul Global Center – a one stop shop that offers a range of services to assist foreigners in Korea – at 82-2-2075-4130 for assistance.
      Thank you.

  2. Is this address still correct for Seoul City Hall and how much is a marriage certificate copy? I tried calling both numbers but either English speaking personnel didn’t exist or were always out to lunch. Calling from UK and getting expensive. Please could someone local call and post. Thank You in advance.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. A copy of a marriage certificate may be obtained by writing to the Citizens Section, Seoul City Hall, 110 Seojong-daero, Junggu, Seoul, Korea. According to their representative, as of March 27, 2014, the fee is $25 per cop, including express mail return service. However, this fee and the City’s regulations are subject to change, so please check with Seoul City Hall for the most up-to-date information before you send your request.

      Should you have difficulty reaching an English speaker at the Seoul City Hall or the Dason Call Center, you may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) for assistance: by phone at (02) 2075-4130, or by email at hotline@seoul.go.kr. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and offers assistance in several foreign languages, including English.

      We hope this information is helpful to you.

  3. Has anyone got any of this info on this page to work? I’ve been trying to reach Jongno Ward Office for 6 months now. The numbers listed are of no help. I have no idea how to dial 82-2-120 and 82-2-731-0114 is a travel agency and won’t help. I’ve tried all the numbers on this page and have gotten no where. Every agency I call pretty much talk to just copy and paste the info from this blog. I’m at the point that I may just hire a lawyer to do this for me . Any help would be appreciated.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry and letting us know that the 82-2-731-0114 number is a travel agency. We have removed the number from our blog. As explained on our blog, for marriages registered before January 31, 1995, you will need to contact the Seoul City Hall for obtaining copy. If you need a copy of your marriage certificate registered after January 1, 1996, you need to contact the local ward offices where you reported your marriage in Korea. When we tried to call Dasan call center at 82-2-120 and Seoul City Hall at 82-2-2133-7903, we were able to speak with representatives. If you are still having trouble contacting them, you may also wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to see if they can assist you. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners and offers of assistance in foreign languages including English. They can be reached at 82 2-2075-4130.
      Thank you.

  4. Is your name written in korean on your marriage certificate?

    • thank you for your inquiry. You may wish to check with Korea local ward offices directly for the information you require as Korea marriage certificates are issued by them. You may also wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the information you are seeking. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners and offers of assistance in foreign languages including English. They can be reached at 82 2-2075-4130.
      Thank you.

  5. How much is the marriage certificate? Can I have the address to the place I need to send it to as well? We were married in Seoul in 1999.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The embassy assists with marriages of U.S. citizens in Korea by notarizing Affidavits of Eligibility to Marry, a document required by the Korean government; however, no marriage records are kept in our offices.
      If you registered your marriage in 1999, a copy of the marriage certificate may be obtained from the Korean ward office where your marriage is registered. Please contact the ward office directly for the information.

  6. can i just go to jongno korean ward office and ask for my married certificate? i just got married last april 1,2015 im gonna be needing one for my spouse visa requirements. thank you

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, as it stated on our website (http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_obtain.html), a certified copy of your Report and Certificate of Marriage may be obtained by contacting the specific ward office (local district office) in which your marriage actually took place. Should you have difficulty reaching an English speaker at the ward office(local district office), you may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) for assistance: by phone at (02) 2075-4130. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and offers assistance in several foreign languages, including English. Thank you.

  7. how much im gonna have to pay them for the copy of my marriage certificate?

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