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).