If you are an Australian passport holder and would like to get married in Japan and have received your Japanese Marriage Certificate issued by a city office in Japan, there are several simple steps that you must fulfill in order for it to be considered valid.
Step 1: Certificate of No Impediment
There are two documents required for getting a married in Japan. They are;
- A valid passport
- A Certificate of No Impediment
The Certificate of No Impediment looks like this:
Although the Certificate of No Impediment can be issued within Australia, a Japanese city office requires that the Certificate of No Impediment must be issued by the Australian Embassy of Consulate within Japan.
The Australian Embassy and Consulate Information can be obtained by contacting the Australian Embassy through their website and making an appointment to create the Certificate of No Impediment with them.
The Certificate of No Impediment must then be translated into Japanese. In most cases, the Embassy or Consulate offers this service. If not, please send it to our office and we will translate the document and create a certified translation that will be accepted by any Japanese city office.
Step 2: Marriage Certificate Application
After you have obtained the Certificate of No Impediment, our company
(Okinawa Translator) will handle the remaining steps of the procedure.
- We will complete your marriage application;
- My wife and I will be your witnesses on the application because we are Japanese residents. Please note that we do not have to be physically present at the time you submit everything to the city office.
Step 3: Marriage Location and City Office Document Submissions
Although our office is specifically located in Okinawa, Japan we can send all the prepared documents to any location within Japan. You do not need to be married in Okinawa and can conduct your marriage in any location within Japan that you choose. We will locate the city office that will be closest to the area and/or hotel where you are staying at.
After you have received your marriage certificate, there are two types you can choose from. Our suggestion is that you obtain both versions.
Simply take a good quality photograph of your Japanese Marriage Certificate and email the photo to us at our Okinawa Translator business address. We will translate the document and issue a certified translation that you can use to prove and register your marriage within Australia.
You are now legally married. Live a long and happy life together.