Our office may assist with paper work necessary for U.S. citizens to marry in Korea, and, in the past, our office at the Embassy may have authenticated marriage certificates issued by various Korean ward offices and/or Seoul City Hall. Because of this, many people have the misconception that they were married at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. At present and in recent history, U.S. Embassies do not perform marriages and do not maintain marriage records. If at least one spouse is a Korean citizen your marriage should be documented on the standard Korean marriage certificate (혼인관계증명서, pronounced hone-in-gwan-gae jeung-myung-suh). Marriage records are kept as part of Korean family registry information and may be obtained through local ward offices or city hall.
- If your marriage was registered in Korea before January 31, 1995 a copy of a Korean marriage certificate may be obtained by writing to the Citizens Section, Seoul City Hall. Please check with Seoul City Hall for the most up-to-date information before you send your request. (Note: You may be asked to send a copy of your ID, a return addressed envelope, and 30 dollars cash per document.)
International Marriage/ Citizen Affairs Section, Seoul City Hall
110 Sejongdae-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul Korea 04524
Tel: 011-82-2-2133-7903 (from U.S.)
- If your marriage was registered between February of 1995 and before 2011 you should have received a Report and Certificate of Marriage Starting in 2011, the local district offices would have provided a Certificate of Marriage Registration (수리증명서, pronounced soo-ree jeung-myung-suh) A certified copy of either form may be obtained by writing to the specific ward office in which your marriage registration took place. The ward office nearest to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul is the Jongro-gu Ward Office. The majority of U.S. citizens in Korea registered their marriages there. Please check with the appropriate ward office for the most up-to-date information before you send your request. (Note: You may be asked to send a copy of your ID, 5,000 Korean won per document, and additional money for return postage.)
Citizen Affairs Section, Jongro-gu Ward office
43 Sambong-ro, Jongro-gu
Seoul Korea 03153
Tel: 011-82-2-2148-1934 (from U.S.)
If you have difficulty reaching an English speaker at the appropriate ward office and/or Seoul City Hall, you may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) for assistance: by phone at (02) 2075-4130, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and offers assistance in English and other foreign languages.