New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Getting Married in New Zealand

The Marriages section of the Department of Internal Affairs website will tell you what you need to know about legal requirements when getting married in New Zealand. 

Information about marriage in New Zealand for Japanese citizens

1. Normally the only document required for marriage in New Zealand is the Notice of Intended Marriage. In the case of Japanese citizens, it is also recommended that you bring a certified copy of your Family Register, translated into English, as a record of your birth and any previous marriages. If you have been married before, you should also bring a copy of documents showing how the previous marriage ended. If you have been divorced before, ensure that the divorce certificate shows 'decree absolute'.

2. Japanese citizens are required to register their marriage in their Family Register, which is held by the municipal office in which they are domiciled. For this purpose, Japanese citizens marrying in New Zealand should obtain a New Zealand Marriage Certificate from the local New Zealand Marriage Registry Office at the time of the marriage (please note that a Copy of Particulars of Marriage will not ordinarily be accepted by Japanese municipal offices). Japanese citizens returning to Japan should register their marriage with the municipal office in which they are domiciled. Japanese citizens residing in New Zealand should register their marriage with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate Office in New Zealand.

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