Marriage Certificate Translation

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Marriage Certificate Translation

You may be required to submit one or more of the following documents together with your English translation.

  • Certificate of Registered Matters in Family Register (Marriage) [戸籍届書記載事項証明書 / Kosekitodokegakikisaijiko Shomeisho]
  • Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage [婚姻届受理証明書 / Konintodoke Jurishomeisho]
  • Family Register [戸籍謄本 / Koseki Tohon]

Leave the translation of your marriage certificates and other official documents in the capable hands of Samurai Translators. All our certificate translations come with a Certificate of Translation stamped with our company seal and signed by the translator in charge of your translation. You can also submit our translations with your visa applications with confidence.

Translation Fees

Certificate of Registered Matters in Family Register (Certificate of Marriage)
戸籍届書記載事項証明書 / Kosekitodokegakikisaijiko Shomeisho
Japanese to English Translation 10,000 yen
Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage
婚姻届受理証明書 / Konintodoke Jurishomeisho
Japanese to English Translation 5,000 yen
Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage or Certificate of No Impediment
婚姻要件具備証明書 / Koninyoken Gubi Shomeisho
Japanese to English Translation  from 5,000 yen
Family Register
戸籍謄本 / Koseki Tohon
Japanese to English Translation from 5,000 yen

For more information, please visit our Family Register page. ⇒ Family Register Translation

Delivery Times

Turnaround: Standard delivery is within 5 business days of receipt of payment. Earlier delivery made by the following day is available (express translation fees will apply)
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Certificate of Translation

Our certificate translations come with a Certificate of Translation attached with our company seal and the signature of the translator in charge of your translation. Our Certificate of Translation Service is widely accepted. You can rest at ease that translated documents submitted with your visa application will be accepted as authentic.

Sample: Translated documents received in your Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage delivery (婚姻届受理証明書 / Konintodoke Jurishomeisho) (with Certificate of Translation)
翻訳証明書(翻訳のサムライ)
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Translation Notarization

Many translations are required to be notarized so be sure to check the requirements of the institution you are submitting your documents to before placing your translation order.
For more on notarization, visit our “Notarization Page“.

What translated marriage documents do I need to submit?

Many people who are instructed to submit translations of their marriage certificates and translations of other documents by an institution are confused about which of the documents issued in Japan they are required to submit.

For example, in the United States and other predominantly Christian countries, the ritual of marriage is performed before a Christian priest who witnesses the commitment of marriage between the two people and issues a certificate (Marriage Certificate) for the marriage.

In Japan, marriage is not a religious institution and when marrying in Japan the parties are required to submit a “Notification of Marriage” to the relevant public office and obtain an “acceptance of the notification” therefrom.

Therefore, the “Marriage Certificate” the U.S. Immigration Office are looking for does not exist in Japan. So what in Japan constitutes this type of marriage certificate which certifies the marriage between two people?

Here we will explain the differences between the Notification of Marriage (Konintodoke), Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage (Konintodoke Jurishomeisho) and Certificate of Registered Matters in Family Register.v

Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage (婚姻届受理証明書 / Konintodoke Jurishomeisho)
Certificate of Registered Matters in Family Register (戸籍届書記載事項証明書 / Kosekitodokegakikisaijiko Shomeisho)
Family Register (戸籍謄本 / Koseki Tohon)
Notification of Marriage (婚姻届 / Konintodoke)

Japanese Translation of Marriage Certificate

If you are in an international marriage and have married abroad, you may be required to provide a translation of the marriage certificate issued by the overseas country when submitting a notification of your marriage to a public office in Japan. We translate marriage certificates issued in any country most commonly in the United Sates and the Philippines. To marry a foreigner in Japan, you may also be required to present a marriage license, Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage and other documents together with a translation from English to Japanese. Samurai Translators handles a large number of translations of Japanese official documents into English as well as translations of official documents issued overseas into Japanese so do not hesitate to take advantage of our translation service if you need to translate your marriage documents into Japanese.

Translation of Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage

In the case of international marriages, the documents required will vary depending on whether the couple is married in Japan or overseas and if a couple marries overseas; Japanese citizens will still generally need to submit a notification of their marriage to a public office in Japan after their marriage.

Translation of Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage from Japanese to English

When marrying abroad, in many cases a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage issued by the Japanese government will be required together with an English translation. Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage certifies that according to the Family Register, the party to the intended marriage (the Japanese partner) is single and there is no legal impediment under Japanese law to the marriage with his/her partner. When the certificate is issued, the marriage partner must also be entered on the certificate and a generic certificate is not available. (However, recently due to emergence of countries which accept same-sex marriages, versions for same-sex marriages in which the partner is not stated are also becoming available.)

Translation of Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage from English to Japanese

When marrying in Japan, the marriage is established by notifying the marriage to the City Hall and receiving acceptance thereof. In order to make notification of the marriage, where one of the parties to the marriage is a foreigner, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (an affidavit or Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage) and a translation thereof is required.

As countries overseas do not adopt a system like the Family Register, many countries accept a sworn statement made by the person concerned to be authenticated by the staff at the Public Office or notary publics, etc. instead of above certificates as evidence of no impediment to marriage. In Japan self-translated documents are accepted, however, if you want to have a translation company handle your translation to be sure, please contact us.

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