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No matter where and how you are going to celebrate your marriage in Hong Kong, a Notice of Intended Marriage (the notice) on the prescribed form (Form MR1(S)) must be given in advance to a marriage registry.

How to Give a Notice of Intended Marriage

Unless you are living outside Hong Kong, one or both of you are required to give the notice at the marriage registry in person or through a civil celebrant of marriages.

To give a notice, both of you are required to provide your Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document. It is not necessary for you to fill in any application form at the time the notice is given. However, to facilitate our completion and printing of the notice for you, the following personal particulars of both of you must be provided:

  • name and surname
  • marital condition (i.e. whether you are a bachelor/spinster; widower/widow; a divorced person; or previously married by any form of marriage)
  • occupation
  • age
  • residential address
  • the full name of your parents
  • in the case of either party is under the age of 21 – the name, address and capacity of the person consenting to the marriage (i.e. the relevant person or persons specified in the Third Schedule to the Marriage Ordinance)

To help shorten the counter processing time at the Registrar's office of giving the notice, you may submit in advance the information required for registration of marriage using our online service. You may also choose to download the ‘Information Required for Registration of Marriage’ (Form MR21B) for completion and submit the completed form at the time the notice is given. Please note that the information sheet is neither an application form nor a notice.

Special Requirements for Persons aged below 21, divorced persons or widows/widowers

For marriage of persons aged below 21, divorced persons or widows/widowers, they are required to provide additional supporting documents upon giving of notice. Please refer to the link here for details.

When to Give a Notice of Intended Marriage

Under the Laws of Hong Kong, a marriage should be taken place after a notice has been exhibited at the Registrar’s office for at least 15 clear days and within three months after the giving of the notice. Therefore, you should give a notice no earlier than 3 months but at least 15 days before the date of your intended marriage.

Where to Give a Notice of Intended Marriage

If you are going to celebrate your marriage at the City Hall Marriage Registry or the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry, you should give the notice at the Marriage Registration and Records Office. If your marriage is to be celebrated at any other marriage registry, you should give the notice at the respective registry.

If your proposed marriage is to take place in a licensed place of worship or to be celebrated by a civil celebrant of marriages, you can give the notice at the Marriage Registration and Records Office or a marriage registry other than the City Hall Marriage Registry or the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry.

You may also give the notice through a civil celebrant of marriages.

Engaging a Civil Celebrant of Marriages

If you intend to give the notice through a civil celebrant of marriages, you can refer to the following links for what you need to do and to know before you engage a civil celebrant of marriages in order to arrange a marriage ceremony smoothly.

Appointment Booking for Giving a Notice of Intended Marriage

You can book an appointment for giving notice through the Internet (www.gov.hk/marriagebookinghttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/bdmreg/marriage/bookgivingmarriage.htm) or by telephone (dial (852)3102 3883 using a touch-tone telephone). The booking service is provided round-the-clock free of charge. The appointment is given on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that only one appointment could be made by each couple.

Appointment booking for marriages to be taken place at a marriage registry

Two types of booking are provided for you to select. Here below are the details.

(i) Appointment booking with priority for choosing marriage hall allotted

At the time when you make the appointment booking for giving notice, if you plan to have your marriage celebrated at a marriage registry on a selected date, and also wish to reserve a specific marriage hall through the appointment booking system, you should make the appointment within 14 days before the 3-month period from the date of marriage.

To illustrate as an example:

Planned date of
marriage
Earliest appointment date of giving notice of intended marriage
(1st working day of the 3-month period before the planned date of marriage)
14-day period during which an appointment can be booked for giving notice
19/05/201019/02/201005/02/2010 - 18/02/2010
01/08/201003/05/2010
(01/05/2010 is a General Holiday and 02/05/2010 is a Sunday)
19/04/2010 - 02/05/2010

As illustrated in the example above, the date of appointment given will not be earlier than the first working day (Monday to Saturday, except General Holidays) within the 3-month period before the date of marriage.

If there are available time slots for marriage ceremony on your selected date of intended marriage at the specified marriage registry, after successfully making an appointment, the system will provide you with:

(a) the date and time for giving notice, and

(b) a priority number for your choosing a time slot for marriage ceremony.

On the appointment day when you give the notice, you will be arranged in accordance with your priority number to select the exact time slot that may then be available for your marriage ceremony.

Important note: Please attend the selected marriage registry/office to give the notice as scheduled.  Failing to turn up on time, both your booking made and your priority for selecting marriage hall as reserved through the booking system will lapse.

(ii) Appointment booking without priority for choosing marriage hall reserved

If you intend to have your marriage celebrated at a marriage registry and,

(a) you have no definite preference for any particular date of marriage, or

(b) you have missed the 14 days before the 3-month period as illustrated in the example in paragraph (i) above,

you will be able to make an appointment booking for a registry / office you choose for giving notice of intended marriage only. On first-come-first-served basis, the appointment day that may be available to you for giving notice will be within 12 working days, starting from the next working day of the date when you make the appointment.

On the day of giving the notice at the registry/office, you may select the date and time of your marriage at the marriage registry, subject to the availability of marriage quota left at the registry.

Please note that the marrying parties may, subject to the relevant provision of the Marriage Ordinance, contract a marriage only after a notice has been exhibited in the marriage registry for 15 clear days, and the issue of a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages. The date of marriage that you select should be 15 days after the date of giving notice but within 3 months' validity of the notice.

Marriages to be celebrated at a licensed place of worship or by a civil celebrant

If you intend to celebrate your marriage at a licensed place of worship or by a civil celebrant of marriages, you can make an appointment by selecting a registry/office for giving notice on a day within 12 working days starting from the next working day from the date when you make the appointment.

Online Submission of Information Required for Registration of Marriage

If you have successfully made an appointment for giving the notice at the marriage registry, we recommend you to submit the information required for registration of marriage using our online service at least one day before the scheduled appointment.

Exhibition of Notice of Intended Marriage

Part I of the notice will be exhibited at the marriage registries (other than the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry and City Hall Marriage Registry) and Marriage Registration and Records Office for at least 15 clear days.

During this period, any person who is authorised by law to object to your proposed marriage may do so. If no objection is received after the period of 15 clear days and all the legal requirements are met, the marriage may take place in accordance with the Marriage Ordinance after the issue of a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages by a Registrar.

If the proposed marriage is to take place in a licensed place of worship, or celebrated by a civil celebrant, the Certificate of Registrar of Marriages will be issued directly to either of the marrying parties or through the civil celebrant nominated by either party.

Please note that no marriage shall be celebrated in a licensed place of worship or by a civil celebrant in the absence of a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages.

The marriage must take place within three months from the date of giving the notice. Otherwise, the notice becomes void and marrying parties need to submit another notice afresh before the marriage can take place.

Arrangement of the Marriage Ceremony

If you plan to have your marriage celebrated at a marriage registry, and have made an appointment booking with priority for choosing marriage hall allotted, you will be arranged in accordance with your priority number to select the exact time slot that may then be available for your marriage ceremony. If your appointment booking was made without priority for choosing marriage hall reserved,  you may select the date and time of your marriage at the marriage registry, subject to the availability of marriage quota left at the registry.

If the proposed marriage is to take place in a licensed place of worship, or celebrated by a civil celebrant, you should consult the officiating minister or civil celebrant for the exact date, time and place of the wedding. You should also ensure that a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages has been issued before the ceremony takes place.

To learn more about celebration of marriage and the related registration fee, you can click on the link below:

How Long Will the Processing Take

The processing time for giving Notice of Intended Marriage at the counter in a marriage registry is around 30 minutes. It may take longer for some complicated cases.

Fee and Payment Method

The prescribed fee for giving and exhibition of the notice is HK$305.

For notice given at the Marriage Registration and Records Office or a marriage registry, payment can be made by cash, EPS, crossed cheque or cashier's order in Hong Kong dollars payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".  Post dated cheques will not be accepted.

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