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NON-MUSLIM MARRIAGE (BOTH SPOUSES MALAYSIANS, OR EITHER SPOUSE MALAYSIAN) #
It is compulsory for non-Muslim Malaysians or Malaysian marrying foreign spouses to register their marriage under the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976. Malaysians who wish to register their marriage must do so at the Malaysian Representative Office abroad or the respective Malaysian High Commission or Malaysian Embassy in foreign countries. The requirements for each Embassy or High Commission will differ depending on the location.
Let’s take the example of Malaysian couples living in Singapore and the UK. For Malaysians to register their marriage in Singapore, both or either party must be a Malaysian citizen and must have obtained a certificate of marriage issued from the Registry of Marriage (ROM) in Singapore.
They can only obtain the application form (JPN.KC 06) at the Consular Section of the High Commission and the submission of application at the Consular Section are strictly by appointment only.
EXAMPLE: PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION IN SINGAPORE #
Both applicants are required to be present during the registration at the High Commission. Applicants must report to the High Commission about their solemnization in the Registry of Marriage Singapore within 6 months from the date of marriage, otherwise, a penalty of SGD 50.00, and SGD 20.00 for the subsequent year will be imposed for late registration.
Applicants are required to submit the following documents for registration of marriage at the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore:
- Application form (Borang JPN.KC 06) duly filled (2 Sets)
- Malaysian identity card (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Singapore permanent resident card (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Singapore pink identity card (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Birth certificates of both parties (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Singapore marriage certificate (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Decree nisi absolute (divorce certificate), if applicable (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Death certificate of previous spouse, if applicable (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Passport of both parties (Original & 2 photocopies)
- Recent passport-sized coloured photograph (Two(2) each)
- Registration fee SGD 10.00 (cash only)
- Proof of residence in Singapore (Dependent Pass, S-Pass, Employment Pass Work Permit/Long-term pass) (Original & 2 photocopies)
EXAMPLE: PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE IN THE UK #
Registering your marriage in the UK is similar to the procedure in Singapore but requires different paperwork. Similar to the conditions in Singapore, applicants must register the marriage within 6 months from the date of marriage and must be present at the consular office.
Applicants must submit an original and copy of each document:
a) UK marriage certificate
b) Malaysian Identity Card (photocopy both sides)
c) Both Passports with valid UK visa
d) Two passport size photos
e) Fee £5.00 (cash) for registration made within six (6) months from the date of marriage
f) A penalty charge will be imposed for late registration
PROCESS OF SOLEMNISATION AND REGISTRATION FOR MARRIAGE REGISTRATION FROM ABROAD
- Once all the required documents are submitted at the Malaysian Representative Office Abroad, the documents will be sent to the respective National Registration Department (NRD) office based on the last address of the applicant in Malaysia.
- Following that, a Notice of Marriage will be displayed for at least 21 full days or 3 months, whichever comes earlier.
- If there is no objection from the NRD, a Certificate for Marriage will be issued by the NRD with a fee of RM10.00 for each Certificate.
- A fee of RM 20.00 for a marriage certificate shall be paid by the applicants to the Malaysian Representative Office Abroad for solemnisation and registration.
- After the solemnisation and registration process at the Malaysia Representative Office, the documents will be submitted to NRD in Putrajaya for updates on their marriage record.
MUSLIM MARRIAGE (BOTH SPOUSES MALAYSIANS, OR EITHER SPOUSE IS MALAYSIAN) #
Malaysian Islamic Family Law allows for marriage outside of Malaysia to be registered in Malaysia provided that it is made at:
- any Malaysian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.
- any religious bodies or Islamic Council or Islamic centres that are recognized
There are additional requirements for Muslims who wishes to register their marriage abroad:
- Female applicants must obtain consent from the Religious Department or Syariah Courts with a Letter of Wali;
- Ensure the registration of marriage is in accordance with Syariah laws and Islamic laws or enactments in Malaysia, or foreign laws;
- Obtain permission to marry from the State Religious Departments or Syariah Courts (if applicable)
- Obtain permission for polygamous marriage from Syariah Court (if applicable)
Record marriage information for the convenience of administration of nikah, birth and registration for newborn, death, divorce, or any claim involving courts administration, immigration purposes and others.