6 Things About Giving Notice of Intended Marriage You Should Know [Procedure & Notes]

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Now you’ve decided to take her/him as your lawful wife/husband…

But you have no idea about the marriage registration in Hong Kong.

You tried to Google it, to check the procedure of getting marry in Hong Kong…

However, you may still couldn’t get it clear and it even give you more confusion.

“What is the notice of intended marriage?” “When to give the notice?” “Where can I get the form?” “What is the procedure?”

Giving the notice of intended marriage is a very important part of the process of marriage registration in Hong Kong that you are not allowed to make any mistake.

Once you made a mistake, you may ruined the whole wedding plan.

So, INES WEDDINGS is now going to help you to get clear on the procedures and details of giving the notice of intended marriage. Take note now!

1. Application Procedure

Apply for the giving of notice of intended marriage is actually not as complicated as you may think. Here’s the procedure:

  • Book an appointment for giving a notice of intended marriage through the internet or telephone. (Notice form MR(S))
  • Submit the information required for registration of marriage using the online service in advance.
  • Give the Notice on the appointment day at the Marriage Registration and Records Office in person.
  • After the registrar has confirmed the information, the marrying parties are required to make an affidavit before the Registrar.

After applying, the notice will be exhibited at the marriage registries and Marriage Registration and Records Office for at least 15 days.

If there is no any objection received during the period, the marrying parties will be issued a Certificate of Registrar of Marriages.

Note: The marriage MUST take place within 3 months from the date of giving the notice.

2. Give the Notice In Person

擬結婚通知書文件If you are going to give the Notice in person, here’s what you should know:

  • Prepare your and your partner’s identity card or valid travel document (either the original or the copy)
  • Book an appointment (Details in below)
  • Pay the prescribed fee HK$305 for giving and exhibition of the notice on the day you give the notice.

Note: If your partner is not going with you, you still have to bring the copy of his/her identity card with the Notice.

3. Having a Lawyer to Assist You with the Marriage Application

For most of the marrying parties who decided to have their wedding ceremony take place in other licensed place will usually instruct a wedding lawyer to be their civil celebrant of marriages to help them with the marriage procedure, including giving the notice.

If you are decided to pass the job to a lawyer, here’s what you should know:

  • Find a lawyer as early as you can. Many lawyer request the marrying parties to provide the information 3 months earlier before he starts to handle your case.
  • Make sure the information that you give to the lawyer has no mistakes, information including the name and surname, ID number, passport number, marital condition, occupation, date of birth, residential address, the full name of parents. (Both marrying parties).
  • Also, if either party is under the age of 21, you should also provide the name, address and capacity of the person consenting to the marriage.
  • Provide the copy of identity card of the marrying parties.
  • Make sure there’s enough time for your lawyer to prepare all the documents and send it to the registrar.
  • A Certificate of Registrar of Marriages will be issued after the Notice has been exhibited in the office without any objection.

Note: Always make sure there’s no mistake in all the information to avoid any delay.

4. When to Submit?

擬結婚通知書查閱網上The notice should be given at least 15 days before the date of intended marriage but no earlier than 3 months. (The first working day 3 months before)

Here’s an example:

If your wedding ceremony will be proceeded on the date 25th of December 2018,

The last date you are available to give the notice is 10th of December 2018

And

The earliest date that you can give the Notice is the 25th of September 2018.

Besides, you have to make the appointment within 14 days before the 3-month period from the date of marriage. According to the above example, you can make an appointment on 11th of September 2018 to 24th of September 2018.

Note: The Notice will become void and the marrying parties need to submit another notice if the marriage have not been took place within 3 months from the date of giving notice.

5. Where to Submit?

Where to give the notice depends on where does your wedding take place.

  • If you are going to celebrate your marriage at the City Hall Marriage Registry or the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry, you need to give the notice at:

Admiralty-Marriage Registration and Records Office
3/F, Low Block, Queensway Government Offices,
66 Queensway, Hong Kong
Working Hours::
Monday-Friday:8:45 am to 4:45 am
Saturdays: 9 am to 11:30 am
Closed on Sundays and General Holidays
Telephone Number: (852) 2867 2787

  • If you are going to celebrate your marriage at the other registry, you have to give the notice at the respective registry:

Tsim Sha Tusi-Tsim Sha Tsui Marriage Registry
Upper Basement & Level 3, Administration Building,
Hong Kong Cultural Centre,
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Working Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:45 am to 12:45 pm and 2 pm to 4:45 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 11:30 am
Sundays: For marriage ceremonies only
Closed on General Holidays
Telephone Number:(852)2312 0929

Sha Tin – Sha Tin Marriage Registry
G/F, Sha Tin Town Hall,
1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Working Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:45 am to 12:45 pm and 2 pm to 4:45 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 11:30 am
Sundays: For marriage ceremonies only
Closed on General Holidays
Telephone Number:(852)2604 6974

Tune Mun-Tune Mun Marriage Registry
1/F, Tuen Mun Government Offices,
1 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
Working Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:45 am to 12:45 pm and 2 pm to 4:45 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 11:30 am
Closed on Sundays and General Holidays
Telephone Number: (852)2451 3005

  • If the marriage is to take place in a licensed place of worship or to be celebrated by a civil celebrant of marriages, you can submit 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 (Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin or Tuen Mun)

6. Marry Parties who are Living Outside Hong Kong

擬結婚通知書樣本If both of you are living outside Hong Kong and intend to get married in Hong Kong, you have to adopt the procedure of giving the notice from places outside Hong Kong: 

You need to write directly to the Marriage Registration and Records Office or email to the Immigration Department at the enquiry@immd.hov.hk

requesting for a copy of Notice of Intended Marriage form and information sheet “Information Required for Registration of Marriage” for completion. 

The form should be completed by you with your signature and be authenticated by a Notary Public of the country where you live. (ONE only, either you or your partner’s, the one who gives the notice)

After that, you have to send the authenticated notice, the completed information sheet together with the supporting documents and bank draft being the payment of HK$305 to the Marriage Registration and Records Office by registered airmail.

Or you can submit it through your contact person in Hong Kong or a civil celebrant of marriages.

NOTE: The payment MUST be paid in Hong Kong Dollars and the bank draft should be payable to “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

After your arrival at Hong Kong, you have to attend the Marriage Registration and Records Office or meet your civil celebrant, bringing along your travel documents and originals of the documents which you have submitted earlier.

Last, you have to make an affidavit before the Registrar or the civil celebrant.

Get Clear On Every Steps, Make Sure Everything Goes Right

“Giving of Notice of Intended Marriage” is just a part of the whole marriage registration procedure.

In order to complete it successfully without any mistake…

Don’t be lazy! Do the research and get clear on every steps and details.

If you want to know more about marriage registration in Hong Kong, feel free to read our previous article “12 Things You Must Know About Marriage Registration in Hong Kong [2018]

And if you still have any question about giving the notice of Intended Marriage, you can visit the government website for more details – “Registration of a Marriage (Giving of Notice of Intended Marriage”.

Get clear on every steps to make sure everything goes right!

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