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Marriage Registration in Malaysia: A Step by Step Guide

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For a marriage to be recognised in Malaysia and for legal purposes, it is compulsory for all Malaysians to register with the National Registration Department or JPN (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara). This is optional for foreigners living in Malaysia, and there is a different process for Muslim and non-Muslim citizens. Below is a simple step by step guide to registering your marriage for non-Muslims.

Start your application at least one month before the solemnisation/ registration date. Note that you need to be married within six (6) months from your date of application.

-In This Article-

STEP 1: Choose Your Venue

STEP 2: Gather All Relevant Documents

STEP 3: Application of Marriage

STEP 4: Make Booking and Payment

STEP 5: Display of Notice

STEP 6: Issuance of Certificate of Marriage

STEP 7: Day of Solemnisation and Registration

STEP 1: Choose Your ROM Venue

Listed below are the venue options available:

Citizens and Non-citizens (Non-muslims)
1. National Registration Department (NRD) Branch Office
2. Malaysian Representative Office Abroad
3. Places of worship (Church / Temple / Association by Assistant Registrar of Marriage)
4. Venue of your choice (hotel, home, etc)

Additional info according to the respective venue selected:

VenueAdditional information
National Registration Department (NRD) Branch OfficeThe NRD branch office is based on the address of your identity card (Malaysian) or residential address for non-Malaysians.

You must reside in this district at least 8 days before submitting the application
Malaysian Representative Office AbroadThis process is a lengthy process as it involves the Malaysian Representative Office Abroad sending your complete application to the local NRD office, based on your last address. After which, the display of notice (21 days to 3 months) process (STEP 5) will be carried out. Local NRD office will return all relevant documents to the Malaysian Representative Office Abroad where the application was submitted before a certificate of marriage will be issued (STEP 6).
Places of worship (Church / Temple / Association by Assistant Registrar of Marriage)Depending on the place of worship, additional fees might incur. Fees range from RM30 to RM500. For example, an ROM at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur will cost RM500, and make a booking made at least 2 months in advance of your desired ROM date. 
Venue of your choice (hotel, home, etc)This choice requires a government official from the respective NRD office to travel to your desired ROM venue. Additional cost applies.

STEP 2: Acquire the Relevant Forms and Documents

Head to an NRD Branch Office to obtain the relevant physical form with your spouse-to-be.* Fill up relevant forms accordingly and prepare required documents:
Citizens (Non-muslims)Non citizens (Non-muslims)
1. Completed form JPN KC02 (sample), JPN.KC01E, JPN.KC01F. Types of form depend on venue chosen. See Types of Forms below for further clarification. 1. A Verification of Marital Status Letter (Approval letter) from the Marriage and Divorce Division’s counter, NRD Putrajaya in person or by post (Sabah/Sarawak/Labuan) 
2. Original and one (1) photocopy of MyKad or MyPR of both applicants.2. A cover letter stating the purpose of the application, (only applicable to those from Sabah/Sarawak/Labuan)
3. Passport-sized photos (32mm x 38mm) of both parties with a blue background.3. Original passport and photocopy of pages with personal details, the latest arrival date in Malaysia and a valid visa or pass. Do note that no special pass is allowed. 
4. Photocopy of MyKad or MyPR for each of the two witnesses.4. Original letter verifying the marital status of a non-citizen applicant which had been certified by the relevant authority. 
5. Statutory Declaration (which has been embedded in the form) signed in front of the Registrar of Marriage stating that there is no lawful impediment to the marriage and that all the requirements have been complied with (e.g. applicants are above 21 years of age; if below 21, the appropriate consent has been obtained; a previously married applicant is divorced or a widower/widow).
5. A letter from the Immigration Department of Malaysia Department to verify non-citizen permit/pass for marriage registration with Malaysian, if required.
6. If either applicant is divorced/widowed, the relevant divorce or death certificate, i.e. original and one (1) photocopy of divorce/death certificate must be submitted.6. Original and 1 photocopy of Birth Certificate (non-citizen)
7. Additional letter if:

Vietnam Citizen: The letter from the Vietnam government must be re-certified by the Vietnam Embassy in Malaysia.

Myanmar citizens must produce a letter of permission to get married in Malaysia from the government.

Muslim country such as:
Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh
A verification letter from the respective government that the applicant is not a Muslim
8. Original and 1 photocopy of divorce certificate (if applicable)
9. Original and 1 photocopy of death certificate of previous spouse (if applicable)
Note: All documents provided by non-citizens must be translated into either Malay or English by a qualified translator. All translations must include the following information:
-Name of the qualified translator
-Signature of the qualified translator
-Position of the qualified translator
-Contact detail of the translator

Types of Forms

Solemnisation in JPNForm: JPN. KC02
Solemnisation Outside of JPN
(venue without in-house Registrar of Marriage)
Form: JPN.KC01E
Solemnisation Outside of JPN
(venue with in-house Registrar of Marriage)
Form: JPN.KC01F

STEP 3: Application of Marriage 

After acquiring and filling in the the form, you may submit your Application for Marriage to the Marriage and Divorce Division of NRD. (Both persons must be present during submission)

STEP 4: Make Booking and Payment

Booking period and payment varies according to venue selected:

VenueThings to know
Solemnisation in JPN -You may pick your date for solemnisation during this appointment as well.
-Applicants must reside in the district where the marriage is to take place for at least 7 full days. If applicants are not residing in the same district, applicants need to submit their applications to their respective NRD Branch Office based on the address stated in their MyKad or MyPR.**
-If you and your partner are from different states, both person needs to fill one form each and submit to JPN at their respective states. For example, if you plan to register in State A, partner from State B will need to collect form after having it stamped in State B and bring it to State A where the both of you plan to be registered.
Solemnisation outside of JPN (venue without in-house Registrar of Marriage)-Make an application with JPN at least one (1) month from your wedding date. If approved, a fee of MYR500 will be charged for the Registrar to be present at your wedding.
-Addresses in different states don’t apply in this situation, only (1) JPN.KC01E form needs to submitted in the state office where the venue of solemnisation is located. For example, if the venue is Glasshouse Seputeh, submit your form to the JPN Selangor office.
Solemnisation outside of JPN (venue with in-house Registrar of Marriage)-Certain venues and places of worship may be able to assist you in one or all the above steps, since they have an in-house appointed Registrar of Marriage. Do check in with your venue of choice for more information before embarking on this process.
-At most, submitting (1) JPN.KC01F form (addresses in different states don’t apply in this situation, form can be submitted at either state offices) would be the only step required.
-Bring the stamped form along with payment receipt to the place of worship in question to set the solemnisation date. The 21 days notice does not apply here.

STEP 5: Display of Notice of Marriage (Done by JPN)

  1. Display of Notice of Marriage will last at least 21 full days or until 3 months have passed, whichever is earlier.
  2. Registration of Marriage shall take place after 21 days but not later than 6 months from the date of application.

STEP 6: Issuance of Certificate of Marriage 

  1. Issuance of Certificate of Marriage will take place if there is no objection arising from the Display of Notice of Marriage.
  2. Fee is MYR30 for a Certificate of Marriage. 

STEP 7: Solemnisation and Registration at NRD Branch Office or Place of Worship

  1. Dress up for your ROM.
  2. Make sure witnesses are dressed appropriately as well, i.e. t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops are not allowed.
  3. Both couples and witnesses are required to bring along myKAD for verification purposes.

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Disclaimers:

  1. For more information, you may refer to the NRD website or head to the NRD Headquarters:

Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara Putrajaya, 
Kementerian Dalam Negeri
20 Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62551 Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya.
Telephone: +603 8000 8000

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  2. This article should not be evidence in a court of law. It is simply an attempt to help readers understand the original content.
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