Wedding Procedures in Malaysia
There are 2 types of marriage in Malaysia: Civil and Muslim.
Civil marriage is for the non-Muslims and Muslim marriage is for the Muslims.
The procedures to get married in Malaysia are quite simple.
You have a choice of three (3) different procedures to getting married. All three (3) have the same legal effect.
- Marriage at the Registrar of Marriages office (ROM);
- Marriage through a religious ceremony, custom or usage; the clergyman officiating need to be an appointed Assistant Registrar of Marriages;
- Marriage through a special licence delivered by the Chief Minister of the state concerned.
The first two are the most common, and applicants simply need to submit an application at the District Registration Departmen. To do so, the couple should be a resident in Malaysia for a minimum of 7 days. The license usually take two to three weeks to process
The third options, also referred to as a fast track Special License, only require applicants to stay for six nights in any one destination to complete all documentation and bureaucratic procedures. Of course, the Chief Minister of the state concerned
If you are a person applying for marriage, you must have be a resident in the marriage district for a period of not less than seven (7) days.
- Four (4) passport photographs, for both parties;
- Official copy of your IC, birth certificate, and passports for both applicants;
- A foreign spouse-to-be need a statutory declaration stating their marital status. They should not exceed 3 months validity from date of actual marriage.
- For expatriates, most embassies and consulate will provide such paper quite easily. A statutory declaration from a local registrar in the home country of the expatriate is accepted.
- Then, the papers will need to be "legalise" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a copy shall be retained for their record.
- If one of the parties is a divorcee, he/she will need to provide proof of his/her divorce;
- If one of the parties is a widow/widower, he/she will need to provide a proof of the death of their previous partner.
- Select two witnesses to come with you to process your application. Witness(es) can also be a Muslim although this is a civil marriage.
You will then have to bring all of the above and go with your witnesses to your nearest Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN).
Once there, you will need to
- Fill up form JPN JPN.KC02 (Application Form, Notice of Marriage and Written Declaration)
- If both parties reside in the same marriage district, one (1) form need to be filled and submitted in the presence of the Registrar of Marriages.
- If both parties reside in different marriage districts, two (2) form need to be filled and submitted in the presence of the respective district Registrar of Marriages.
- Choose whether you wish to complete your marriage registration at
- JPN itself (1st option described in the first section), or
- A church or religious office of your choice.
The officer will then post a Notice of Marriage on their notice board for twenty-one (21) days.
From that date, you have six months to officialise your marriage. Be careful to respect this deadline, as if you don't officialise your marriagewithin this time frame, you will have to submit a new application.
On the marriage day, you should
- Bring your IC or passport as spouse to be;
- Have RM30 for marriage certificate and certification;
- Prepare all your documents from the Marriage application;
- Come with two (2) witnesses, who shall bring their IC or passports.
Witnesses must be Malaysian residents (Malaysian or foreigners with a valid multiple-entry-visa), must be over 21 years of age, and understand the declarations made during the ceremony (i.e. understand english or malay, depending on the language of the ceremony)
Once at the JPN office, or your religious office of choice, present all your documents to the officer, and they'll prepare the marriage certificates. If you choose to do it at JPN, the ceremony is on a first come, first serve basis.