How to legally marry your Taiwanese partner as a British citizen without a CNI/letter of no trace

Hi everyone,

We recently registered our marriage successfully in Taiwan (I’m a British female, he’s a Taiwanese guy.)

I wasn’t prepared to just nip back home for the Certificate of No Impediment or Letter of No Trace and the powers that be would not accept a legalized divorce certificate (which absolutely proves I am single) so I had another plan up my sleeve.

If any of you are still stuck with this, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I made a step-by-step guide with all the steps we took. Good luck!


Hey Alexis.

Firstly, thank you for posting! Me and my fiancé are in a jam and intend to follow your instructions. I have a few questions:

  1. When you say ‘make sure the Taiwanese name is the right way round’ on the US certificate, do you mean in terms of US (first name - surname) or Taiwanese (surname - firstname) standards?

  2. How did you manage to get $15 USD to post in the envelope? AFAIK I don’t know of any currency conversion places in Taipei.


Huh? Have you tried a bank?



  1. Just make sure the name appears exactly as it does on the Taiwanese passport (e.g., Huang Yi-Ting.) I sent an email to them and spoke out on the Zoom call to double-check this part as it is super important.

  2. I just bought it from the bank (Cathay) the usual rigmarole ensued (checking me out, checking my ARC umpteen times, asking me a bunch of questions, etc.) Quite funny as it’s only $15 :sweat_smile:

Good luck!