How To Register Your Marriage in Singapore

Where your marriage gets registered is not an issue. For legal registration of marriages in Singapore, one has to make a notification of one’s marriage to the Registry of Marriage 21 days prior to one’s solemnisation.

A three month window will then be open for the solemnisation of your marriage after your notification has been processed.

Age Restrictions

- You have to be at least 21 years of age to register for marriage.
- Persons within the ages 18 and 21 must have the formal approval of their parent(s).
- Parents and a pair of witnesses (aged 21 and above) must be present at the solemnisation with NRIC or passport at hand.
- Persons below the age cap (18 years old and below) must first attain a marriage permit from the Registry of Marriages.

Other Pre-Requisites

- For Non-Singaporeans marrying Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents:
- The Non-Singaporean must first have a work permit. Subsequently, permissions to marry have to be obtained from the Controller of Work Permits (Ministry of manpower)

For Non-Singaporeans marrying Non-Singaporeans:

- Either or both of the applicants have to stay in Singapore for an uninterrupted period of 15 days prior to the acknowledgement of their notification of marriage.

Application Procedure

Notice of Marriage can be applied for at the internet booths at the Registry of Marriage, or, at .
Solemnisation of the marriage has to take place within 3 months of and at minimum 21 days after the date of Notice of Marriage.

Required Documents for Filing of Notice of Marriage

For Singaporeans:
- NRIC or Birth Certificate

For Permanent Residents (PR):
- NRIC or Birth Certificate, and
- Re-entry Permit

For Non-Singaporeans:
- NRIC or Birth Certificate, and
- Passport

For Divorcees:
- Original/ Certified copy of Decree Nisi Absolute

For Widows:
- Death Certificate of previous partner
Other Required Information
- Name and NRIC/ Passport Number of both witnesses
- Date, Time and Venue of solemnisation
- Name and licence number of solemniser
- Solemniser’s consent
- Payable Fees*
*Payment via credit card is accepted

Notes on Dealing with your Solemniser

1. Inform your solemniser which language you prefer the solemnisation to be conducted in
2. Lay out your requirement(s) or requests
3. Personally invite your solemniser to your wedding*
*Be gracious when your solemniser sacrifices time to grace your wedding. He or she should receive Gust-of-Honour treatment, meaning to cater for his or her attendance and is warmly received.

Other Advice
Choose back-up dates for your solemnisation prior to sending your Notice of Marriage in the case where slots for your preferred date of solemnisation are not available.

It is recommended that the purchase of wedding bands be made 6 weeks or more in advance of your wedding. This is to allow your jeweller sufficient time to prepare his stock.

As you can see the legalities of marriage and its registration can be very tedious, which is why you have to start your planning and preparation with as much advance you can afford. Make sure you get it right the first time, because for the most of us it’ll also be the only chance to!