Registration of Marriage

A Sri Lankan in Japan may choose to register his/her marriage:

Under the Sri Lankan law at the Embassy.

OR

Under the Japanese law at the City Office.

In order to register a marriage under the Japanese law at the City Office, the Sri Lankan applicant must submit a Single Certificate obtained from the Embassy. Please find below the procedure and required documents for marriage registration at the Embassy OR to obtain a Single Certificate from the Embassy.

Marriage between two Sri Lankans

Documents required if both applicants are Sri Lankan:

  • Valid passports.
  • Original birth certificate or certified copy of the birth certificates of the applicants (certified English translations will not be accepted).
  • Affidavits issued by the mother or father of each applicant confirming that the applicant is unmarried. The affidavits should be attested by an Attorney- at- law or by a Justice of Peace

    An affidavit attested by an Attorney- at- law should be first certified by the Registrar of the Supreme Court. If attested by Justice of Peace it should be first be certified by the Ministry of Justice. Then it should be submitted to the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Colombo.

    If both parents of the applicant have passed away, the affidavit should be issued by his/her sibling. In such case the original or certified copy of the birth certificate of the sibling should be submitted.

    If both parents of the applicant have passed away, original or certified copy of the death certificates should be submitted.

    If the applicant is a divorcee or widow/widower, the affidavit should clearly mention the same. It should also mention that he/she has not contracted another marriage at the time of issuance of the affidavit and that the applicant has no legal impediment for marriage.

    If the applicant is a widow/widower, the affidavit should clearly mention the same and submit the original or certified copy of the death certificate of the spouse.

    If the applicant is a divorcee, he/she should submit the original decree nisi and decree absolute issued by the relevant District Court certified by the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Colombo.

  • Please note that all above birth and death certificates submitted to the Embassy should be certified by the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Colombo.

Marriage between a Sri Lankan and a non-Sri Lankan

  • If the partner is Japanese, the original family registration AND Single Certificate issued by the City Office should be submitted together with English translations done by an authorized translator.
  • - Passport

    - Single Certificate issued by the relevant Embassy

    - Birth Certificate certified by the relevant Embassy

If the originals of the above two certificates are issued in a foreign language other than in English, English translations done by an authorized translator should be submitted.

Procedure for registration of marriage at the Embassy:

If both the applicants are Sri Lankan:

- Both applicants should come to the Embassy with the above documents to complete and submit the Notice of Marriage.

- Afterwards, as per the law of Sri Lanka, the Embassy will provide a date for registration of marriage after a lapse of twelve (12) working days from the date of receipt of the Notice of Marriage and within three (03) months from such date.

- On the date of registration of marriage, the applicants should come with two Sri Lankan witnesses. The witnesses should bring their passports and resident cards.


If only one applicant is Sri Lankan:

-The Sri Lankan applicant should come to the Embassy with the above documents to complete and submit the Notice of Marriage.

-Afterwards, as per the law of Sri Lanka, the Embassy will provide a date for registration of marriage after a lapse of twelve (12) working days from the date of receipt of the Notice of Marriage and within three (03) months from such date. The Sri Lankan applicant should come with a Sri Lankan witness, the non-Sri Lankan partner may bring a Sri Lankan witness or a witness of the same nationality of the partner. The witnesses should bring their passports and resident cards.

Prescribed Fee for registration of marriage under Sri Lankan law: JPY 5,700

Procedure for registration of marriage under the Japanese law:

A Sri Lankan who wishes to register his/her marriage under the Japanese Law is required to submit to the Japanese City Office a declaration confirming that he/she is single at the time of marriage. Once the Sri Lankan applicant submits the above documents together with the documents required of the non-Sri Lankan partner (listed above), the Embassy shall issue a Single Certificate to be submitted to the City Office.

Above documents of the applicant and the partner may be submitted by post. Please include a contact number together with your documents. However, it is mandatory for the applicant to come to the Embassy to obtain the single certificate. The documents submitted by the applicant will be sent to relevant institutions for verification. Please note that the Single Certificate will be issued only after due verification.

Notes:

* This Embassy is not responsible for any document lost in the post.

* Submission of forged documents and making false declarations relating to citizenship is a punishable offence.

Fees will not be refunded in these circumstances.

* Incomplete applications will be returned and consular fees will not be refunded.