People found to have committed "dishonest acts" in marriage and divorce registration will be blacklisted by Shanghai's credit management system.
They will also face punishment, such as difficulty in obtaining bank loans and government subsidies from next year, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau announced yesterday.
Dishonest practices include fabricating or changing hukou (permanent residency permit) booklets, identification cards, and registration materials such as photographs and court documents, concealing civil disability, uncivil behavior, and using others' identification information in marriage and divorce registration.
Concealing past marital history and providing fake information when filling in a marriage registration statement will also be punished.
"Dishonest acts in marriage registration have been found at all registration centers which cause bad effect on family relationship and society," said Sun Xiaohong, director of the marriage management department at the Civil Affairs Bureau.
"The measure aims to deter such dishonest acts and let the liars pay the cost," she said, adding that people will be informed of the blacklist in written form when they tie the knot or divorce at registration centers.
People with "no civil capacity" can only have their marriage or divorce registered at courts instead of by civil affairs authorities, Sun said.
The director also said that some people had not reached the legal marriage age (22 for a man and 20 for a woman) when they applied to be married.
Some people fabricated their age, and some did not want their partner-to-be to know they had been married before, she added.
If blacklisted on Shanghai's public credit information service platform, people will have difficulty obtaining bank loans, applying for financial subsidies and buying new-energy vehicles. In addition, they will also probably be adversely affected in award selection and recruitment, Sun said.
The blacklist period lasts three years, and people can tip off authorities if they notice others' dishonesty in registration. If the dishonest act is confirmed, Shanghai's civil affairs authorities will send a record to the city's credit center for blacklist information.
Currently, people need to provide their hukou booklets, ID cards and fill in a statement including age, marital status and education level, along with other information to marriage registration centers.
Furthermore, if they want to obtain the marriage certificate in Shanghai, one of the partners needs to have local permanent residency status.