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Marriage Registration in Singapore

Marriage Registration in Singapore

The matrimonial legislation in Singapore

The matrimonial legislation in Singapore allows two types of marriages: the civil marriage and the Muslim marriageCivil marriages are administered by the Registry of Marriage and fall under the regulations of the Women’s Charter, while Muslim marriages are administered by the Registry of Muslim Marriages and fall under the regulations of the Muslim Law Act. All marriages in Singapore must be registered with the appropriate registry in order to be legal.

In order to get married in Singapore, both parties must choose a date with at least 21 days before the marriage and register it. The marriage license will be issued within 3 months from the registration date. The marriage will be registered with the Singapore Registry of Marriage provided that certain requirements are met.

Requirements for individuals to get married in Singapore

Foreign citizens getting married in Singapore are subject to certain conditions:

  • – for a marriage between a foreign citizen and a Singapore citizen to take place, at least one of the spouses must be present in Singapore 15 days before the marriage is registered,
  • – both spouses must be at least 21 years old,
  • – in case of Singapore divorcees or widowers, the divorce papers or death certificate of the previous spouse must also be presented,
  • – none of the parties must be married under the legislation of other  countries.

For other information about requirements for marriage registration you may also ask our Singapore lawyers.

Marriage validation in Singapore

All marriages in Singapore must be solemnized based on a license or a special marriage license issued by a licensed solemnizer, or a Singapore judge. All Singapore marriages must take place in front of at least two adult witnesses. After the marriage is solemnized it will be registered in the Certificate of Marriage. The Certificate of Marriage must be signed by the registrar, or by an assistant registrar and the spouses.

The registration of marriage between a foreign citizen and a Singapore citizen or permanent resident does not grant citizenship or permanent residence to a foreigner. For details about obtaining residency you can contact our Singapore law firm.

For persons who are foreigners and want to get married with their partner, who can be a Singaporean national or a foreigner, our law firm can present the main procedures to comply with. 

Regardless of the situation, the foreigner who will relocate here must apply for a residence permit in Singapore in order to have the right to lawfully reside in this country on a long-term or permanent basis.