Marriage registration in Thailand is a legal process that involves several steps. Here is a detailed explanation of the marriage registration procedure in Thailand:
- Visit the District Office (Amphur): Both parties must go to the District Office together to register their marriage. The District Office is responsible for maintaining marriage records in Thailand.
- Required Documents: You will need to bring the following documents:
- Passports of both parties (original and copies)
- Affirmation of Freedom to Marry (sometimes called a Certificate of No Impediment) for foreigners, obtained from your embassy or consulate in Thailand. This document confirms that you are eligible to marry.
- If either party has been previously married, provide evidence of the dissolution of the previous marriage, such as a divorce certificate or death certificate of the former spouse.
- Thai identification cards or house registration documents (Tabien Baan) for Thai citizens.
- Translations and authenticated copies of any documents not in the Thai language.
- Complete the Registration Form: The District Office will provide a marriage registration form that both parties need to complete. This form includes personal information, details of the marriage, and signatures of both parties.
- Witnesses: You will need at least two witnesses present during the registration process. They can be friends or family members who are 20 years of age or older. Witnesses must have their identification documents (such as passports or Thai ID cards) with them.
- Affirmation of Consent (if applicable): If one or both parties are under the age of 20, parental consent may be required. In such cases, an Affirmation of Consent must be obtained from the parents or legal guardians and presented at the time of registration.
- Marriage Registration Fee: There is a fee for registering a marriage in Thailand. The amount varies depending on the District Office and may be subject to change. Ensure you have the necessary funds to pay the registration fee.
- Marriage Certificate: Once the registration process is complete, the District Office will issue a marriage certificate. The marriage certificate is an official document that serves as proof of your marriage in Thailand.
It’s important to note that the requirements and procedures may vary depending on your nationality and the specific District Office where you plan to register your marriage. It is advisable to consult with your embassy or consulate in Thailand or seek legal advice to ensure you have accurate and up-to-date information regarding the marriage registration process.