Divorce Certificates in Japan

by Japan PI

The Certificate of Acceptance of Divorce

Local city halls are handling divorce registration in Japan. The formal name of the divorce certificate is The Certificate Of Acceptance Of Divorce (離婚受理証明書). To obtain a certificate, you need to know which city hall your divorce was registered.

And you must provide either set of information of the following to the city hall.

Certificate of Divorce

Required Information

  1. The city hall your divorce was filed
  2. The names and the DOBs of both parties
  3. The exact divorce date


  1. The Legal Domicile (Honseki)
  2. The name of the head of the family
Divorce certificate

If you are non-Japanese and your ex-spouse was Japanese, often the case, you have no idea which city hall your divorce was filed. And even if you do, it will be hard for you to provide above-mentioned information to the local city hall.

Therefore, in some cases, we need to get in touch with your ex-spouse for the required information. Please be advised that this process could be incredibly painful if you did not get divorced with your ex amicably.

For more details, please refer to the explanation of Marriage and Divorce in Japan in US Embassy Japan.

Contact for Obtaining Legal Documents in Japan

FAQs On Divorce Certificates

Below is the price list for each service.

Obtain a certificate of divorce
Turn around time: 1 week.

Apostille of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Turn around time: 1 week.

Turn around time: 3 business days.

Apostille of the translated document
Turn around time: 3 business days.

Shipping fee


This is how we work:
First, we obtain the certificate from the local city hall. (US$500.00)
Secondly, we bring the certificate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make it apostille. (US$250.00)

To obtain Koseki records, you need to provide “the permanent domicile (Honseki) of Mai” to the local city hall.

To identify the permanent domicile, you need to locate the address of your ex or their parents.

In Japan, personal information such as residence address is controlled as strict as guns. So, the personal address is not searchable in any of the government records such as electoral roll or utility records. All the government records are strictly confidential in Japan

Here is how we proceed with this,
1) Obtain residence registry record through the help of our allied attorney
Our fee is US$500.00.
2) Obtain your Koseki registry record through your letter of authorization. (You can do it for yourself if you don’t mind the nightmare like paperwork)
Our fee is SU$400.00.00.

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