If you are planning on getting married in Thailand then you need to understand the process to register you marriage in the Kingdom of Thailand. Your first step is to bring with your from your home country any documents that might be needed. This would be a final divorce degree if you are divorced or a death certificate of your wife/husband if your spouse had died back in your home country.
Once you have this documents in hand you need to approach your embassy in Bangkok where you need to complete an affirmation form. This form with certified copies of your divorce degree or the death certificate needs to be attached to this form. It normally takes 2 days to have this form returned. The embassy will then give you a letter to certify that you may get married in Thailand. This letter of affirmation letter now needs to be taken to Thai Foreign Affairs out in Laksi close to Thai Immigration in Bangkok. Here they will certify that the letter from the embassy is not fake. They will place a small stamp onto the back of the letter which you then have to take to the amphur's office (District Office) in Bangkok. This process will take a day to complete as it is normally very full.
Once you have your stamped letter of affirmation you take this down to the District Office or amphurs office where they will then register your marriage for you. This registration process takes about an hour to complete and they will give you 2 marriage certificates. The first is a fancy marriage certificate which looks like a diploma and the second is a signed and stamped form which lists the full details or you and your Thai wife.
If you are not in Bangkok you can simply drop all your documents off at any of the offices of Law Firm and the forms and your power of attorney to complete the process for you will be forwarded to the Bangkok office for attention. Many expats and visitors to Thailand do not wish to make a trip to Bangkok and spend 3-4 days running around Bangkok to get the process done. Most simple use the services of an attorney. Once this is done you can also apply for a marriage visa at any embassy in Asia and extend this to a 1 year visa in Thailand to stay with your Thai wife.
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