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How are marriages between R.O.C. citizens and foreigners registered?

(I) Application Process:
1. Those married in the ROC:
(1) Both of the couple must apply together to the district household registration office which has the jurisdiction over the R.O.C. – citizen one.
(2) Those who never register residence and get married in Taiwan can apply for marriage registration at any household registration office.
2. Those married abroad:
(1) File application through the district household registration office of the ROC citizen.
(2) Applicants who are unable to apply in person may appoint a representative by power of attorney (translated into Chinese and notarized by R.O.C. foreign missions); the person with power of attorney must be approved by jurisdictional household registration office.
(3) If an applicant hasn't registered in foreign countries, the person can apply for marriage registration at the current local Household Office; if an applicant has registered in foreign countries, the person should apply for marriage registration at the local Household Office, at which the person registered for the last change.
(4) Applicants must request, in person, through R.O.C. foreign missions that their marriage registration application be forwarded to the appropriate district household registration office.
(II) Required Documents:
1. Those married in the ROC:
(1) Household registration, ROC identification and seal for the ROC citizen.
(2) Marriage Certificate.
(3) Identification Cards of foreign spouses and marital status certificates with Chinese translation and certified by R.O.C. foreign missions.
(4) Chinese name declaration.
2. Those married abroad:
(1) If applying through the ROC district household registration office
A. Household registration, ROC identification and seal for the ROC citizen.
B. Wedding certificates with Chinese translation and certified (inspected) by R.O.C. foreign missions.
C. Identification Cards of foreign spouses.
D. If the foreign spouses are unable to return to the R.O.C. with their R.O.C. spouses, the foreign spouse is to submit his/ her Chinese name declaration certified by R.O.C. foreign missions.
(2) If applying abroad through the R.O.C. foreign missions.
A. Wedding certificates with Chinese translation and certified (inspected) by R.O.C. foreign missions.
B. Chinese name declaration.