How to Get Married in Malaysia: Complete Wedding Guide For Malaysian & Non-Malaysian

January 16, 2018 / Shuttering Hearts

“He proposed and I said yes!”

 

It is no surprise that nowadays many have either received good news from friends or are actually the one spreading the “We are getting married” message. But how exactly do you get married in Malaysia besides the typical actual day tea ceremony and wedding dinner reception?

If you are still wondering:

1. What are the legal things to do before you get married?

2. How do non-Malaysian apply for marriage license?

3. What documents are needed for marriage?

4. How long to get marriage certificate after wedding?

 

Well, don’t worry, we have all the answers for you! Granted, it does take up some of your time, but when you think of the wonderful future that you and your loved one can share, it is totally worth the wait. So here is the complete legal steps of getting married in Malaysia for both Malaysians and non-Malaysians to guide you through the maze.

FOR MALAYSIANS

STEP 1: Prepare to Register for Your Marriage

Make your way down to the National Registration Department (NRD) with your fiance/fiancee to get the wheels turning!
 

  • What to prepare:

    • Completed official National Registration Department (NRD) document: JPN KC02 (*online version served only as a reference)

    • Your ICs (both the original and photocopied versions)

    • Your witnesses’ ICs (photocopied version)

    • One (1) 32mm x 38mm coloured passport-sized photographs with blue background per applicant (Make 2 copies just in case)

 

Note: Refer to the checklist for marriage registration provided by the NRD if you have any doubts!
 

STEP 2: Head on to the National Registration Department (NRD) Branches

You can pay a visit to any branch of NRD to register your marriage.
 

  • What to prepare:

    • ALL documents in Step 1

  • What to do:

    • Hand all the documents required to the person-in-charge.

    • Inform them of the date of marriage (normally two or three weeks from the moment you registered.)

 

STEP 3: Officially Mr and Mrs

The early bird gets the worm. So, wake up as early as you can to avoid rescheduling your marriage (the counter will close at 11am) and the queue!
 

  • What to prepare:

    • Official form that you got in Step 2

    • Everyone’s ICs (Yours, your fiance/fiancee, 2 witnesses from both sides)

  • What to do:

    • You, your fiance/fiancee and a witness from both parties will head into the NRD

    • Queue up

    • Get married

    • Pay RM30

FOR NON-MALAYSIANS

STEP 1: Go to The Embassy

The formal process for non-Malaysians is far more complex compared to Malaysians. Visit your embassy in Malaysia!
 

  • What to prepare:

  • What to do:

    • Get an official “Single Status Declaration”

    • Fill in the “Single Status Declaration”

    • Sign the declaration in front of a Commissioner of Oath

 

Note: If the document that you received is already in English, then you are good to go. However, if it is in a foreign language (not in English or Malay) then you will need to have it officially translated. In some embassies, you are able to do it there on the spot. However, if the embassy you’re in doesn’t provide this service, then you will have to go to a Commissioner of Oath, which are widely dispersed throughout Malaysia.
 

STEP 2: Go to your High Commission

As a non-Malaysians, you will have to apply for a letter verifying marital status from your government.
 

  • What to prepare:

    • Your passports (prepared both original and photocopied versions to be safe)

    • Single Status Declaration(s)

  • What to do:

    • Hand your “Single Status Declaration” and passport(s) to the person-in-charge

    • Make a payment for the letter (please refer to your embassy for the exact price)


 

STEP 3: Head on to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

Once you and your fiance/fiancee have gotten the Single Status Declaration and the marriage letter, both of you will then have to make your way to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, which is located in Putrajaya.
 

  • What to prepare:

    • Your passports (original and photocopied versions, just in case you’re asked for it)

    • Marriage letter that you got in Step 2

  • What to do:

    • Go to their notarial service counter

    • Ask them to endorse your marriage letter

 

Note: Although some websites stated that you are required to bring along your birth certificate, there are some couples who claimed that they weren’t asked for their birth certificates. Our advice? Just bring the certificates along to be safe.

STEP 4: Prepare to Register for Your Marriage

The next step would be to actually register your marriage!
 

  • What to prepare:

    • Completed official National Registration Department (NRD) document: JPN KC02 (*online version served only as a reference)

    • Check out this checklist for marriage registration provided by the NRD and prepare all the documents on it

 

Note: Do take note that the JPN KC02 is in Bahasa Melayu, so if you can’t understand Bahasa Melayu, you can ask for help from the National Registration Department.

 

STEP 5: Go to the National Registration Department (NRD) Branches

Remember to stay in the marriage district for at least a period of 7 days before applying for the Registration of Marriage. If you’ve done so, then it’s time to register!

In order for you to register your marriage, you will have to visit one of the official National Registration Department (NRD) branches. The most famous and centralized branch would be the one in Maju Junction near the city center. (However, you are also free to visit other different official locations all around Kuala Lumpur too).

 

  • What to prepare:

    • ALL DOCUMENTS in Step 4

  • What to do:

    • Hand all the documents required to the person-in-charge.

    • Inform them of the date of marriage (normally two or three weeks from the moment you registered)

 

Note: Keep in mind that you will need 2 witnesses to appear on the actual marriage date. The witnesses can be either local or a foreigner, and must be at least 21 years of age.

 

STEP 6: Official Wedding Day

It’s one of the greatest day of your life, so please wake up early (the counters close at 11am, so get up as early as you can) and queue up to get married!

 

  • What to prepare:

    • Official form that you got in Step 5

    • Everyone’s ICs and/or passports (Yours, your fiance/fiancee, 2 witnesses from both sides)

  • What to do:

    • You, your fiance/fiancee, and a witness from both parties will head into the NRD

    • Queue up

    • Get married!

    • Pay RM30

 

Note: For the dress code, it’s best to wear formal clothing. Remember, NO casual wear. Some couples even go to the extend by wearing their wedding dress and tuxedo. However, it is not a necessity for you to wear your wedding clothes there.

Getting married might sound like a lot of work (which it usually is), especially if you are getting married in Malaysia. With all the rules and regulations, it’s not surprising that you have these feelings. It’s even worse if you are a tourist or a foreigner planning to get married in Malaysia as you need more documents than Malaysians, so be sure to check that your documents are all in order.

 

However, it’s a once in a lifetime thing, so just go through with it. Getting married in Malaysia may seem like a lot of trouble with all the running around from place to place. But if you manage to look pass all of these, you will notice that it’s all worth the trouble.