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Taiwan - Single Status Certificate

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It is advisable to follow the guidelines that certain authorities deem necessary. Those wishing to marry overseas will need special documentation. First, couples will have to present a declaration that is processed by your local office where marriage documents are produced. This must be from the state where you live in Taiwan. On this statement will be recorded the fact that there has not be any marriage in recent years.

Due to the fact that these types of documents are sought for foreign involvement one will need the local or state registrars account or declaration to be authenticated to work abroad.

  • Go to the Civil Registry office where marriages are registered.
  • Present and submit required documents.
  • Complete a form and declare.
  • Pay the fee.


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Required Documents

  • National identity card or Passport.
  • Proof of address.
  • If divorced, Decree Absolute.
  • If widowed, Death Certificate of previous spouse (and Marriage Certificate).
  • If your name has been changed by Deed Poll, proof is necessary.
  • The relevant fee.


Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of the Interior
Tel: 1996 Hotline of Interior Affairs (+886-2-8195-8151)
Address: No.5, Xuzhou Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 10055, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Civil Affairs Department
No.1, E. Sec., Xianghe 1st Rd., Taibao City, Chiayi County 612, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Tel: 886-5-362-0123

Department of Civil Affairs, Taipei City Government

Taiwan District Courts

Embassies & Missions



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Eligibility

In order for non-nationals to marry in a foreign country you will most likely be required to produce legal documentation from your country of citizenship verifying single status and that you are free to marry. This is known as a 'Certificate of No Impediment', 'Certificate de Coutume', 'Certificate of Nulla Osta' or a 'Certificate of Freedom to Marry'.



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Validity

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Instructions

If you are planning to marry in another country, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment. This document has many different names such as Declaration of Non-Impediment to Marry, Statutory Declaration of Single Status, Affidavit of Intended Marriage, Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad, Certificate de Coutume, a Certificate of No Impediment, Certificate of Nulla Osta, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or just free to marry.


Required Information

  • Full Name
  • Passport or ID number
  • Place and Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Statement
  • Date
  • Signature of the person who declares
  • Signature of the witnesses


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Need for the Document

A Single Status Certificate also referred to as a No Marriage Affidavit, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or Certificate of No Impediment, is a sworn statement saying that you are eligible to marry.

Overseas marriage authorities often require further evidence that the party is free to marry. Such evidence may be a statement from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages that there is no record of the person having been previously married or a 'Single Status Certificate' or 'No Records Result'.



Information which might help

The Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) and MOFA's branch offices are responsible for the provision of authentication services to ROC citizens and foreign nationals for documents related to ROC private business, government affairs and/or other matters.

Document authentication services include authentication of:

  • Documents issued by ROC entities/individuals and certified by a notary public for overseas use;
  • Signatures and official seals issued by ROC embassies and consulates, representative offices, offices or other agencies authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in foreign countries;
  • Signatures and official seals issued by foreign embassies, consulates, representative offices in ROC (Taiwan).


Other uses of the Document/Certificate

This document will most likely be required as a supporting document if you are getting married in a foreign country.

This document can also be required for employment in a foreign country.



External Links

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan

Taiwan Government

Judiciary

Civil Affairs Department

Ministry of the Interior. Republic of China (Taiwan)

Household Registration


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Others

Please also be aware that a standard Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. You may be required by the foreign authorities to comply with the following, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for processing.

  • Certificates may need to be translated.
  • Certificates may need to be endorsed or exchanged for a locally acceptable version issued by your Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will marry.
  • Certificates may need to be legalized i.e. stamped with an official stamp known as an Apostille.
  • Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.