This is kinda our first post. We got married in March 2016, in Japan. I try to remember what we did to get married in Japan. We didn’t need to visit Hungary to submit documents. We submit documents to the Hungarian Embassy in Tokyo, and they treated our application on our behalf. We haven’t received the result of the registration of marriage in Hungary yet. The Hungarian Embassy told us we had to wait for a maximum of three months. We are still waiting for a notification from the Hungarian Embassy, though the Hungarian Embassy told us our paperwork was complete.
Marriage In Japan
When a Japanese and a foreigner get married in Japan, some documents are required. These are the documents.
- a registration of marriage(婚姻届)
- a copy of an entire family register(戸籍全部事項証明)
- a certification of legal capacity to contract a marriage(婚姻要件具備証明書)
- a copy of a passport(旅券のコピー)
- a document that identifies an individual(本人確認書類)
1. a registration of marriage(婚姻届)
You can get one in a municipal office. The format is standardized, so you don’t need to worry whether you have to submit the document to the same municipal office from which you get one.
2. a copy of an entire family register(戸籍全部事項証明)
The Japanese partner has to prepare this document. You can get one from the municipal office of the district where you are legally domiciled. You have to pay ¥450 to get one. In case you submit a registration of marriage to the municipal office of the district where you are legally domiciled, this document is not required.
3. a certification of legal capacity to contract a marriage(婚姻要件具備証明書)
The foreign partner has to prepare this document. We asked the Hungarian Embassy in Tokyo. In our case, since the Hungarian Embassy had already stopped publishing this document and issued other three documents instead, the municipal office referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs many times before they received our application.
To have the three document published by the Hungarian Embassy, we sent a copy of her passport and a letter including an official request, her mother’s name, and an address in Japan. We also paid ¥9,993 by registered mail for the remittance of cash.
That payment is for publishing documents, a translation service, and everything we need to register our marriage in Hungary. As I mentioned before, the Hungarian Embassy treated our application on our behalf. We paid for it in advance when we requested the document.
4. a copy of a passport(旅券のコピー)
The foreign partner has to prepare this document. You just need to make a copy of your passport and put Japanese translation on it. You can translate it yourself. We used Adobe Acrobat Reader to write down.
5. a document that identifies an individual(本人確認書類)
The Japanese partner has to prepare this document. You will be asked to show your identification card. It must be something with your ID photo, like passport or driver’s license.