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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Korean Births, Marriages, Divorces, Deaths and Adoptions[edit | edit source]

For a Korean Family Census Register write to the specific ward office in which the Family Census Register is filed. To facilitate locating the Family Census Register in the ward office files, the following must be provided:

  • Name of the head of family written in either Korean or Chinese characters
  • Family’s permanent address in Korea.

Korean Divorce Decrees[edit | edit source]

Write to the Family Court in Korea where the divorce was filed. Be sure to include complete information on:

  • Docket number
  • Decree date
  • Location
  • Court name

Seoul Family Court
1700-1 Seocho 3-dong Seochoku Seoul
Telephone: 530-2530/2461

The Family Courts will not provide an English translation.

Marriages of Americans in Korea[edit | edit source]

A certified copy of American Report and Certificate of Marriages may be obtained by writing the specific ward office in which the marriage actually took place.

Most Americans in Korea registered their marriages at:
The Citizen Affairs Section
Jongno-gu Ward Office
146-2 Soosongdong Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-701 Korea
Telephone: 82-2-731-0640

If registered before January 31, 1995, write:
The Citizens Section
City Hall
31 Taipyungro 1-ka Chungku
Seoul 100-101 Korea
Telephone: 82-2-731-6439 can help obtain or amend an American Consular Report of Birth Abroad, in addition to obtaining a birth certificate. You must have a physical street address to use this service (no APO’s, FPO’s, or PO Boxes).

U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Korea
For American Citizen Services (ACS) inquiries:
Telephone: 02-397-4114
FAX number: 02-397-4101

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Korean Family Census Register (births, marriages, divorces, deaths and adoptions). The family register is compiled for each family unit when the family head has established a permanent address within the jurisdiction of the ward office.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]