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BANGKOK 18 January 2019 08:02
ChrisKC

How to register marriage at Amphur

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I got married on Sunday  - apparently! (I have no special document that says I did)

 

In visiting the Amphur in Lampang yesterday I was told I needed a document from the Thai Embassy that I think is a copy of the Affirmation in Thai that I already have in English, signed and sealed from the British Embassy. I had my original Affirmation translated into Thai with a proper seal from a recognised Translator. But I did this thinking I would need it ( I didn't) when I visited the British Embassy where I had to change a few things, resulting in the Thai, then and now, not being exactly the same. But it seems that even if I get a new Thai translation it won't be enough.

 

My wife has spoken to one or two people, one of whom claims he will arrange everything for B15,000 but my instinct tells me I don't need to do this. I would appreciate the advice I need to register and legitimise the marriage by ensuring my next visit to the Amphur will get me the marriage certificate I need.

 

Thank you so much.

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What exactly does the Amphur want from you in terms of documents?

 

I made a 'donation' of 1000bt to the Amphur.

 

I believe a lawyer can do the whole thing for about 10k, but as it appears you have most of the documents, then it wouldn't be needed .

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Just now, Preacher said:

You not only need a seal from a translator, the translation must be certified by the Thai ministry of Foreign Affairs and duly stamped by them. The translation agency should have told you that.

Luckily for you there is a consular department in Chiang Mai, at the ground floor of the provincial hall. Only costs about 800 baht.

Thank you. I have heard that if I needed to visit Thai Embassy, there is an Office in Chiang Mai. Do I  have to make an appointment?

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No appointment needed. But do show up a bit early. They need to check the translation (and signatories from the embassy), that can take about 2 hours.

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1 minute ago, Preacher said:

No appointment needed. But do show up a bit early. They need to check the translation (and signatories from the embassy), that can take about 2 hours.

Thank you very much - most helpful.

 

Chris

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The UK Embassy document must be translated by an official translation service and then registered with the MFA to become a legal document in Thailand.  It is the MFA who oversee Thai Embassies - there are no Thai Embassies in Thailand.

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As Lopburi3 says, it is the Thai Consular Department.  Just follow the signs for the Thai passport office at the Chiang Mai provincial hall.  Issuing passports is the main business of the consular department. 

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2 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

The UK Embassy document must be translated by an official translation service and then registered with the MFA to become a legal document in Thailand.  It is the MFA who oversee Thai Embassies - there are no Thai Embassies in Thailand.

Thank you, I have been using the wrong term. Ministry of Foreign Affairs is where I need to go.

 

I did get my translation from an "Official" Agency but does it have to be an approved one by the MAF?

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1 minute ago, Preacher said:

As Lopburi3 says, it is the Thai Consular Department.  Just follow the signs for the Thai passport office at the Chiang Mai provincial hall.  Issuing passports is the main business of the consular department. 

Thank you for your time and useful information.

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1 minute ago, ChrisKC said:

Thank you, I have been using the wrong term. Ministry of Foreign Affairs is where I need to go.

 

I did get my translation from an "Official" Agency but does it have to be an approved one by the MAF?

Yes - always.  Translation service should have offered to do for you for a charge.

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2 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

Yes - always.  Translation service should have offered to do for you for a charge.

OK, I understand, thank you!

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We paid 2500THB for the agency to translate it all and take it to the MFA for us recently. Came back in 3 days. 

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We did the UK embassy part, then the translation and as Lopburi 3 said, it has to go to the MAF,( we did ours in Bangkok, the MAF was up in Chang Wattana, we did by post, took 2 weeks to get back to us.)

Then we went down to our local Ampur with all the documents plus passport, cost me 200 baht .

Been trying work out when our wedding anniversary is, date from the embassy or the date from the Ampur.

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1 hour ago, kickstart said:

We did the UK embassy part, then the translation and as Lopburi 3 said, it has to go to the MAF,( we did ours in Bangkok, the MAF was up in Chang Wattana, we did by post, took 2 weeks to get back to us.)

Then we went down to our local Ampur with all the documents plus passport, cost me 200 baht .

Been trying work out when our wedding anniversary is, date from the embassy or the date from the Ampur.

You can only get married by registering it at the amphur, and then they give you your marriage certificate to prove it.

HL

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