Marriage in Taiwan is a relatively simple process for foreigners and local nationals alike. Taiwan law requires that both parties be legally free to marry and the marriage be performed in an open ceremony before at least two witnesses over twenty years of age. Most foreigners are married at a Taiwan district court. A court fee of NTDOL 200 (about $8.00 in U.S. funds) is charged. The court requires a three-day waiting period. A sworn notarized statement of eligibility to marry, which can be notarized at any Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) office in the U.S. or at the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is also required. If the statement is sworn at AIT, a $30.00 fee in U.S. funds is charged. Anyone under eighteen years of age must present a notarized statement from his or her parents granting permission to marry. Foreigners must present their passport to the court. Local nationals can present their identification card.
Updated January 2004