MARRIAGE IN MALAYSIA
Disclaimer: The following information relating to marriage
requirements of specific foreign countries is provided for general information
only and may not be accurate in a particular case. Questions involving
interpretations of specific foreign laws should be addressed to foreign
attorneys or foreign government officials.
The office of the Malaysian Registrar-General of Marriages has provided
the following information regarding Non-Muslim civil marriage procedures
in Malaysia. There is no difference in requirements or procedures for
U.S. citizens who are a) tourists, b) residents of Malaysia, or c) U.S.
citizens marrying non-muslim Malaysian citizens.
1. What documents is required of U.S. citizens wishing to marry
a. passports accompanied with a photocopy of the data page and date
of latest entry page into Malaysia.
b. one colored Malaysian passport size photograph.
c. application form "Borang JPN KCO1" for normal or special marriage.
d. affidavit of marital status.
e. application form "Borang G" for marriages performed by parish or
These forms are available at the office of the registrar of marriages.
If previous marriages were terminated by divorce, both parties must
submit original or certified copy of final or absolute divorce decree.
If terminated by death of a spouse, submit original or certified copy
of the death and marriage certificates.
Additional requirements for certain age groups:
Over 18 & under 21 (males and females):
A parent (preferably father) or if the father is dead, the mother,
or if both parents are deceased, the legal guardian having custody must
complete consent form "Borang JPN KCO5E" which is obtainable locally
or from Malaysian Diplomatic Missions in the U.S. Proof of guardianship
must be produced, i.e.; birth certificate of applicant or guardian's
custodial document. The consent form must accompany one of the application
forms in para 1 (a) and signed in the presence of a Registrar of Marriages
at a Malaysian Diplomatic Mission or the National Registration Department.
Over 16 and under 18 (female only):
A parent (preferably father) or if the father is dead, the mother,
or if both parents are deceased, the legal guardian must be physically
present in Malaysia to apply for a Special License in form "Borang JPN
KC05C" which is obtainable only from the Registrar of Marriages. Proof
of guardianship must be produced, i.e.; birth certificate of applicant
or guardian's custodial document. The Special License must accompany
one of the application forms in para 1 (a).
2. Is there a required waiting period between the date of application
for a marriage license and date of marriage?
Yes, there are two categories:
Normal civil marriage:
U.S. citizens must be physically present in Malaysia for at least seven
days. They may submit their application for marriage on the eighth day
at the office of the registrar of marriages. This is followed by a waiting
period of twenty-one days before the marriage can be solemnized. U.S.
citizens must bring along their passports and two witnesses to sign
the registry. The fee for solemnizing the marriage is RM30.00 paid in
cash. No license is required.
Seven days physical presence is not required but both parties must
be present. The application must be submitted only at the office of
the Registrar of Marriages with form "Borang JPN KCO1." When form "Borang
JPN KCO1" is approved by the registrar's office, a charge of cash RM$100
is collected. The marriage will then be solemnized within seven days
from the date of application. U.S. citizens must bring along their passports
and two witnesses to sign the registry. The fee for solemnizing the
marriage is RM$20.00 paid in cash.
3. Who can perform marriages in Malaysia?
The Registrar of Marriages of the National Registration Department;
Parish or temple priests who are designated as Assistant Registrars
by the Registrar-General of Marriages.
4. Can two U.S. citizens travel to Malaysia as tourists for
the express purpose of marrying there?
Yes, if they are able to fulfill the requirements. Interested parties
must register their marriage with the respective Registrar's office
based on their current location.
5. Is there an address where interested U.S. citizens can write
for additional information?
The Registrar of Marriages, Malaysia National Registration Department
46551 Petaling Jaya Selangor Darul Enhsan Malaysia Tel. No: (03) 7955-1255
- Marriage Department, Fax. No: (03) 7955-1608. Kuala Lumpur Office:
6. Can U.S. citizens get translations of marriage certificates
at the Embassy?
Translation services are not available at the Embassy. Official translation
services can be obtained from the local High courts for a minimal fee.
7. Are there any medical requirements? No.
8. Brief description of marriage ceremony.
The couple must be suitably attired. The Registrar will ask the couple
if they are marrying of their own free will and if there are any objections
to the marriage. The couple taking their marriage vows follows this.
The newlyweds and witnesses will then sign the register. The Registrar
will sign the register and deliver a copy to each of the party to the
9. Cost of marriage license?
Fees: Normal civil marriage: Cash of RM$30.00 at time of marriage
ceremony. Special license/marriage: Cash of RM$100 paid at time of application
and of RM$20.00 at marriage ceremony.
10. Any additional information interested U.S. citizens should
know before traveling?
The above information provided relates to non-muslim marriages. Under
the Malaysian constitution, each of the 14 States of Malaysia has its
own individual religious council, which governs muslim marriages. Therefore,
muslim marriage laws may vary from state to state. In general, a non-muslim
marrying a muslim is required to convert to Islam before marriage.
It is suggested U.S. citizens planning to marry under muslim law contact
a Malaysian diplomatic mission abroad or the Chief Kadi's office (religious
official) in the Malaysian state where marriage is contemplated for
information on specific marriage requirements.
Local laws in Malaysia require the American person to submit a notarized
statement concerning their marital status before a marriage is registered
in Malaysia. This statement can be notarized at the Embassy for a fee
of US$30 or RM114 and payment is cash only. Office Hours: 8:15 to 11:00am
and 2:00 until 3:30pm from Monday through Friday, except for American
and Malaysian public holidays.
376 Jalan Tun Razak,
P.O. Box l0035 50700
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Tel. No.: (03) 2168-5000
Fax. No.: (03) 2148-5801
AFTER THE MARRIAGE, THE US CITIZEN MAY PETITION THE MALAYSIAN
SPOUSE FOR A K3 MARRIAGE VISA.
ALTERNATIVE TO MARRIAGE ABROAD:
Instead of the above procedures, it is possible to file a fiancee visa petition
for an alien to enter the United States as the fiancee of an American
citizen. Thus, enabling the parties to marry in the United States. Note
that this is only possible if you have previously physically met your
fiancee. K1 Fiancee Visa.
To consult a K3 marriage visa attorney, please call us at (626)
279-5341 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. An attorney in our office
would be happy to assist you.