Married in Japan: How to Get Marriage Certificate Faster

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We successfully got married in Japan!

Now the next step is getting our Marriage Certificate from Philippine Statistics Authority (previously known as NSO).

This document is very important in your future travels to Japan. It makes it easier in getting another Tourist Visa.

*Read my previous article on how to Get married in Japan and Report your marriage at the Philippine Embassy.

What happens after you report your marriage at the Consulate?

After you report your marriage at the Philippine Embassy in Japan, they will send* your Report of Marriage Certificate (ROM) to the Consular Records Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)- Manila. In turn, it will be DFA-Manila who will forward this copy to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)**.

  • *The regular schedule of transmission of civil registry documents, i.e. birth, marriage, and death certificates, from the Philippine Embassies/Consular Offices and DFA Manila to PSA, is quarterly, though the schedule may be changed as appropriate from the office of origin.
  • **You may request for the birth, marriage or death certificate, 2 months after the record is received by the PSA.

When can you get your Marriage Certificate after reporting your Marriage in Japan?

The whole process of sending your documents from Japan to DFA-Manila and then to PSA usually takes about 6 months to 1 year, according to one of the staff at the Phil. Embassy.

Without any follow-up, you’d have to wait that long before you can get your Marriage Certificate from any PSA office.

 

How to get the Marriage Certificate faster?

We were able to get our Marriage Certificate after 5 months.

Here’s what we did.

1. We e-mailed the Civil Registration Section of the Tokyo Phil. Embassy: civilreg@philembassy.net

-In the email, we mentioned we wanted to get our ROM (marriage cert.) from PSA as soon as possible.

-We provided both our Full Names (maiden name for wife) , Date of Birth, Date of Marriage, and Date of Registration.

~The Civil Registration Section replied and provided us with a DISPATCH NUMBER of our ROM. They then instructed us to coordinate with DFA-manila using this dispatch number.

2. Next, we e-mailed the Consular Records Division of DFA-Manila: atn.unofficial@gmail.com

-We informed them in the email that we wanted to get our ROM asap and provided the Dispatch number that we got from the Phil. Embassy.

-Again, we provided both our Full Names (maiden name for wife) , Date of Birth, Date of Marriage, and Date of Registration.

        ~DFA-Manila should reply with your ROM’s

    1. Reference No.
    2. Dispatch No.
    3. Transmital date

3. Went to PSA office (in Colon street, Cebu)

-We first approached the last window at the office (window 11) and showed them the printed e-mail from DFA-Manila with our Dispatch no., Reference no., and Transmital/Dispatch date.

-When they confirmed that we can get it, we proceeded in filling up the PINK form for Requesting a marriage certificate; got a priority number; and paid at the cashier.

~The cashier will get the printed e-mail from DFA together with the pink form

4. Successfully obtained our Marriage Certificate!

 

 

*Married in June 2018 and got the Marriage Certificate on November 2018.

You can probably can get it sooner than 5 months. In our case, I waited 3 months before trying at the PSA office. When I couldn’t get it at that time, It was then that I e-mailed the following offices. But it was a month after before I could go to PSA office because of personal reasons. That’s why it took 5 months total.

I hope this helps you!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

11 Comments

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    Martine Lim
    2019-11-04

    Hi there! I just want to ask if there’s a way my Japanese fiance and I can get married in Japan using a 15days visa?

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    1. Little Mama
      Little Mama
      2019-11-26

      Hi Martine!

      Based on my experience alone, it takes 5 weeks to complete the entire process.
      1. Getting a “Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage” and an “Affidavit of Civil Status” at the Embassy = 10 working days.
      2. Getting the Marriage Certificate and other documents from a Japanese City Hall = 5 working days.
      3. Reporting your Marriage back to Phil. Embassy requires personal appearance of both parties then waiting for your final documents = 10 working days.

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      Martine Lim
      2020-01-23

      Can we report the marriage together, just wait for the documents to send via mail and then go back to the Manila? Im trying to manage my time since I dont have a month… We were planning on getting the LCCM, wait for 10 days, 11th day go to the city hall and 12th day go back to embassy then 13th,I will go back to Manila. Fiance will wait for the documents in Japan. Do you think this is possible?

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      1. Little Mama
        Little Mama
        2020-08-24

        Hi!
        I’m sorry for the late reply and if this finds you already married.

        If you guys are able to do step 3, then it would be fine for you to go home and your documents will be delivered to your spouse’s Japanese address.

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    Charles
    2019-12-16

    Hello, is it possible to just stay in Japan, after getting married at the city hall?

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    1. Little Mama
      Little Mama
      2020-01-18

      Hello Charles,
      Your stay in Japan depends entirely on the granted number of days of your Tourist Visa.
      If you are planning to reside in Japan after your marriage, you have to apply for a Residency Card at the Japan Immigration Office.
      I can’t give anymore information about this since I have not done it yet. I am still living with my husband in the Philippines.

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        Roselle Anne Cabello
        2020-08-26

        Hi got married here in Japan during this pandemic. Got married last june 2020. Ang i got my resident card last this august 2020 🙂 They have given me 1year validity of the residence card

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    Ma Cheriza De Mesa Bondoc
    2019-12-22

    Thank you for sharing these insightful information. I have read it and very useful for my future wedding next year in Japan. Thank you once again and God bless! 🙂

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    Christine Mae Rosario
    2020-03-01

    Hi little mama .. thank you for the infos you’ve share in this page.. very useful..just wanna ask about the first step in applying LCCM at tokyo embassy .. im a little bit confused of 2 requirements.. the DFA authenticated PSA and the DFA authenticated Cenomar .. it should be in redribbon/apostille right ? ..but my question is .. do i need to translate that 2 documents into japanese before we pass it at the tokyo embassy ? Thank you in advance..

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    1. Little Mama
      Little Mama
      2020-08-24

      Hi!
      No need to translate those.

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        Roselle Anne Cabello
        2020-08-26

        Hi little Mama, ive been checking your posts since day one. Now im in the marriage cert portion your blog means a lot. Very useful. Thank you

        Reply

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