Applying online for a Certificate of Absence of Marriage Records
If you need to apply for a certificate of absence of marriage record, you can use the Immigration Department’s online service. This article will give you the details.
How and Where to Apply
To apply for a certificate of absence of marriage record, you are required to complete an application form and pay the prescribed fee for a search of marriage record.
If the search result shows that you have no marriage record in Hong Kong, a certificate of absence of marriage record will be issued on payment of the prescribed fee. Otherwise, a letter of marriage record indicating the date(s) of your previous marriage(s) will be issued.Online Application for Certificate of Absence of Marriage Record
If all necessary documents and fees are received upon application, it normally takes nine working days (Monday to Friday excluding General Holidays).
Search of marriage record: HK$140
Certificate of absence of marriage record : HK$680
Collection of Certificate of Absence of Marriage Record
As the search of records will take time, the result will not be immediately available online. You or an authorised representative will be asked to select a Marriage Registry for collection of the result in person.
When you complete the online application, the collection date will be shown on the acknowledgement receipt. Please remember to print or save the acknowledgement receipt, or write down the application reference, collection date and selected registry for collection. You are required to produce the printout or provide the application reference number as well as other necessary documents upon collection at your selected Marriage Registry.
The uncollected search result and / or the certificate concerned will be cancelled six months after the date of application.
Supporting Documents to be Produced on Collection
When you collect your result from the selected Marriage Registry of the Immigration Department, you will need to produce the following supporting documents:
- Hong Kong Identity Card or valid travel document
- Printout of online application acknowledgement
If you are an authorised representative, apart from the documents mentioned above, you will also need to produce the following supporting documents:
- Your Hong Kong Identity Card or valid travel document
- Original copy of the authorisation letter
- Evidence supporting that the data subject is outside Hong Kong or that he/she is in Hong Kong but unable to collect the result in person
- Copy of the data subject’s travel document bearing his/her personal data and signature and properly certified by a Notary Public (applicable if the data subject’s travel document was not issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department)
Assistance and Further Information
If you need assistance in using the online service, you can call the Immigration e-Services Hotline at (852) 3128 8668 between 7 am and 11 pm daily.
Please collect the result at your selected Marriage Registry on the “collection date” shown on acknowledgement receipt.
Should you have any other enquiries about this application, you may contact the Marriage Registry selected for collection purposes directly.Addresses and Office Hours of Marriage Registries
Further information on the service is also available in a set of helpful frequently asked questions.FAQs about Applying Online for a Certificate of Absence of Marriage Record
Service suspension of Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry
for air-conditioning system replacement works
Services of the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry will be suspended from 5 to 29 April 2017 for undergoing air-conditioning system replacement works. During the service suspension period of the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry, the nearby City Hall Marriage Registry will enhance the marriage solemnisation related services accordingly. Marrying parties wishing to celebrate their marriage at marriage registries may also choose to use the marriage solemnisation service at other marriage registries, including Tsim Sha Tsui Marriage Registry, Sha Tin Marriage Registry and Tuen Mun Marriage Registry. Members of the public wishing to apply for search of marriage records, certified copies of marriage certificates or certificates of absence of marriage record may submit the applications to the abovementioned four marriage registries and the Marriage Registration and Records Office in Admiralty, or by post or through the internet.
Besides, for applicants who have opted the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry for collection of the results in respect of applications for search of marriage records, the certified copies of marriage certificate and certificates of absence of marriage record, they may approach the Marriage Registration and Records Office in Admiralty during the former’s service suspension period to collect these results there.