How to get legally married in Thailand

How to Get Legally Married in Thailand

If you’ve been in a relationship with your Thai girlfriend for a while, marriage may have been discussed, perhaps even multiple times. While a traditional “village wedding” may satisfy Thai family customs with dowries and gifts exchanged, it’s essential to ensure a legal marriage for official recognition. This blog aims to guide you through the process of legally marrying in Thailand.


To get legally married in Thailand, you need to follow these steps:


1. **Obtain Affirmation of Freedom to Marry**: If you’re a foreigner, you must obtain a letter from your embassy or consulate in Thailand stating that you are free to marry. This document is known as the Affirmation of Freedom to Marry or Certificate of No Impediment. You’ll typically need to provide proof of identity and possibly other documents, depending on the requirements of your embassy.

2. **Translate and Legalise Documents**: The Affirmation of Freedom to Marry must be translated into Thai and legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand.

3. **Register Your Marriage**: Both parties must appear in person at the local district office (Amphur) with the required documents. You’ll need to complete a marriage registration form and present your passport, a translated and legalised Affirmation of Freedom to Marry, and any other required documents. Two witnesses over the age of 21 are also required.

4. **Ceremony**: A marriage ceremony may be performed at the district office if desired, but it’s not mandatory for legal marriage.

5. **Receive Marriage Certificate**: After completing the registration process, you’ll receive a marriage certificate issued by the district office, officially recognising your marriage under Thai law.

6. **Report Marriage to Embassies (Optional)**: Some embassies may require you to report your marriage for it to be recognised in your home country. Check with your embassy for specific requirements.


It’s essential to check the current requirements and procedures with the local district office and your embassy or consulate, as they may vary depending on your nationality and local regulations.


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