(Adopted by the State Council on January 12, 1994 and promulgated by Decree No.1 of the Ministry of Civil Affairs on February 1, 1994)
Chapter I General Provisions
Chapter II Marriage Registration Authorities
Chapter III Registration of Marriage
Chapter IV Marriage Registration Archives and Marriage Relationship
Chapter V Supervision and Administration
Chapter VI Supplementary Provisions
These Regulations are formulated in accordance with the Marriage Law and other relevant laws, with a view to guaranteeing the implementation of the marriage system based on the freedom of marriage, on monogamy and on equality between men and women, strengthening the administration of marriage registration, protecting the legitimate rights and interests of both parties in marriage and dealing with illegal marriages according to law.
Marriage, divorce and resumption of marriage between Chinese citizens within the territory of China must be entered into registration according to the provisions of these Regulations.
The registration of marriage between Chinese citizens and foreigners, between overseas Chinese and domestic citizens, between residents who come from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and inland citizens shall respectively be handled according to the relevant provisions.
The legitimate rights and interests of parties having gone through marriage registration according to law shall be protected by law.
The civil affairs department under the State Council shall be responsible for the control of marriage registration throughout the country.
Civil affairs departments under local people's governments at or above the county level shall be responsible for the control of marriage registration within their respective administrative divisions.
Marriage Registration Authorities
Marriage registration authorities refer to urban sub-district offices or civil affairs departments under people's governments in municipal districts or in cities not divided into districts, and refer to people's governments of townships, nationality townships and towns in rural areas.
The functions of marriage registration authorities are as follows:
(1) Handling marriage registration;
(2) Making out marriage relationship certificates;
(3) Dealing with illegal marriages according to law; and
(4) Propagating marriage laws and advocating civilized marriage customs.
Marriage registrars of the marriage registration authorities shall receive vocational training organized by civil affairs departments under people's governments at or above the county level. If they pass the qualification examination, a marriage registrar certificate shall be issued to them.