Muslim Marriage in Malaysia

Documents Required for Muslim Marriage in Malaysia to a Foreign National

  1. Original passport:
    • Copy of your partner’s passport (foreigner)
    • Copy of the page showing entry into Malaysia (foreigner)
  2. Copy of Visa (must be valid) (foreigner)
  3. Picture (passport size) (both)
  4. Birth certificate (both)
  5. Copy of IC of 2 witnesses for akad nikah (Male, Muslim, adults)
  6. Surat Pengesahan Taraf Perkahwinan (Original and a copy)
  7. A translated copy if it is not in Malay or English
  8. Surat Kebenaran Menikah (from Jabatan Agama Negeri (Malaysian) or Embassy (foreigner))
  9. If previously married, needs Divorce Certificate or Death Certificate of previous spouse
  10. HIV test and results
  11. Sijil Pengesahan Memeluk Agama Islam (if one of you is a convert)
  12. Borang 2C – available at Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri
  13. Borang 1 – may state your address and get verification from the Ketua Kampung/ Penghulu

Additional Information:

  1. Foreigners are not required to attend the Marriage Course (Kursus Perkahwinan)
  2. Photocopy of Documents has to be validated by relevant authorities

We suggest that you seek further information from your Pejabat Agama on this matter for the latest and updated information, it is always best to contact the relevant agencies directly.

If Marriage Solemnised Abroad and Would Like to Register in Malaysia

(One party Malaysian, the other party Non-Malaysian)

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Malaysian Family Islamic laws allows for marriage outside of Malaysia to be registered in Malaysia provided that it is made at:

  1. any Malaysian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.
  2. any religious bodies or Islamic Council or Islamic centres that are recognized

List of documents for registration of marriage solemnised outside of Malaysia

  1. Certificate of Marriage that was issued by any religious bodies, Islamic Council or Islamic centres that are recognized by the authorities of the country’s origin.
  2. The marriage must be registered within 6 months upon return to Malaysia at any Department of Islamic Affairs in any state in Malaysia. If not registered within 6 months, will be penalised.
  3. Every application for registration of marriage must include;
  4. Identification Card (Certified true copy) (Malaysian spouse)
  5. Passport of the spouse that is not Malaysian (Certified true copy)
  6. Declaration of Conversion into Islam (Certified true copy) (if any)
  7. Authorization letter for marriage to be performed overseas from the Jabatan Negeri (Certified true copy) (if any)
  8. Marriage Certificate translated to Bahasa Malaysia or English (Original and a certified true copy) (if any)
  9. Wakalah; Letter of Wali (if Wali was not able to attend the ‘Nikah’ or marriage ceremony).
  10. Any documents relating to the marriage that is certified by the religious authorities of the country where the marriage took place.

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Disclaimer: This information is purely to help those who intend to marry a Malaysian. It is just a guideline. This should not be quoted as authentic reference. For proper procedure of applying, you must consult the relevant departments like JPN, JAWI, MYGov &  “Majlis Agama Islam”  of your area & refer to the Act 303 of “Islamic Family Law (F.T) 1984” of  ‘Laws of Malaysia’.

For marrying a Malaysian Muslim, both bride & bridegroom have to be Muslims. Interfaith marriages are not allowed in Malaysia. If one spouse is of a non Muslim, he/she has to convert to Islam first before getting married. {}

(However, there is an exception for Malaysian men that they can marry the women of “Kitabiyah “)

{Law of Malaysia, Islamic Family Law (F.T) 1984, Act 303, sec-10, page 16}

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