Marriage

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Please note that different laws and regulations govern Muslim and non-Muslim marriages in Malaysia, and that in order to be recognized as legal the appropriate requirements must be followed.  Only marriages registered by the National Registration Department for non-Muslims or the Islamic Religion Department for Muslims are recognized as legal.

Non-Muslim Marriage:

A full description of marriage procedures in Malaysia can be found on the website of the National Registration Department.  The site has a useful FAQ page.  In brief, requirements are as follows:

Anyone wishing to marry must reside in Malaysia at least 7 days before applying.

To apply, two trips to the National Registration Department are required.  During the first visit, the marrying couple must bring:

  1. Marriage application form KC02 (PDF 1.32MB). The forms are in Bahasa Malaysia only. Those who do not understand Bahasa Malaysia will need to have the declaration in Part D1 or D2 of the application form JPN.KC02 translated by a qualified interpreter into the language you understand.
  2. Passport and photocopy of the first page, of the page showing latest entry into Malaysia, and of a valid visa or pass for Malaysia. Special Passes are not accepted.
  3. 1 colored photo of each party (32 mm x 38 mm).
  4. A letter confirming your freedom to marry. You can execute an affidavit at the Consular Section for a fee (See Notarials). This letter must be brought in person to the Consular Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) for authentication. When submitting an application to marry, the affidavit must have a validity of 6 months from the date of affidavit.
  5. A letter from Malaysian Immigration Department to verify your immigration visa/permit/pass for marriage registration, if your partner is a Malaysian.
  6. Original and one photocopy of birth certificate. If you bring your birth certificate when you obtain your single status affidavit, you may be able to avoid additional fees and delays.
  7. If previously married, the original and one photocopy of your divorce decree(s) and/or the death certificate(s) of previous spouse(s).

The second visit must occur at the earliest 21 days after the first visit but no later than 6 months of the date of application.  After this waiting period, the official marriage ceremony can occur.  Two witnesses (over 21 in age) will need to accompany the marrying couple to the National Registration Department to finalize the marriage. The two witnesses will be required to present their original identification document (passport or Malaysian MyKad). A marriage certificate will be issued immediately following the ceremony.

For further information, contact:
The Registrar of Marriages, Malaysia
National Registration Department
No. 20 Persiaran Perdana
Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62551 W.P. Putrajaya
Tel: 60-3-8000 8000
Kuala Lumpur office: 60-3-6201 1106, 60-3-6201 7600
Fax:  60-3-8880 8288
E-mail:  pro@jpn.gov.my
Web site:  www.jpn.gov.my

Muslim Marriages:

Please note, for marriages with/between Muslims in Malaysia there are different procedures for marriage, including religious courses and different registration procedures.  Contact the Department of Federal Territory Islamic Affairs (Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan) directly to find out the requirements.

Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan
Kompleks Pusat Islam
Jalan Perdana
50676 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel: 60-3-2274 9333
Fax:  60-3-2273 1575
Web site:  http://www.jawi.gov.my/