Getting married in Malaysia

Are you planning to get married in Malaysia? There are several things you need to consider.

Dutch requirements for marrying or entering into a registered partnership

If you are a Dutch national and you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and you marry abroad your marriage will not be recognised in the Netherlands until you are both 18 years old.
  • You and your partner may not already be married to or have a registered partnership with someone else.
  • If you are under guardianship you will need the permission of your guardian or of the limited jurisdiction judge ('kantonrechter').
  • The following family members are forbidden to marry each other or enter into a registered partnership with each other: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Obtaining permission from the country in which you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership

Are you planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad? If so, check whether this is permitted under the law of the country in question. To find out, you should consult the foreign authority responsible for conducting marriages and registering partnerships. You cannot marry at a Dutch embassy or consulate abroad.

Documents required for marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands

The foreign authority that conducts your marriage or registers your partnership can tell you which documents you require. These may include a copy of your birth certificate and a declaration of marital status

Registering a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

You can register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership in the Dutch register. To do this, contact the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Document Department.

Legalisation of a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

If you wish to register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership in the Netherlands you will probably first need to have your foreign certificate legalised. This can be done by the authorities in the country where you were married. The Dutch embassy or consulate in that country may then also need to legalise the marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership. You can find out more about what you need to do in the legalisation information for that country.

Marrying in this country or region

Marriage registration at Marriage registration office

You must register at the marriage registration office in the place where you want to get married. Both partners must be present in person for this. Registering the wedding date is considered as a notice of marriage ("notice of marriage"). After 21 days you can get married on the date you indicated.

Wedding ceremony

The formal wedding ceremony will take place in the marriage registration office. Two witnesses must be present who can identify themselves by their passport. The choice of location for any subsequent ceremony is entirely up to you.

Finally

Always inquire personally with the local authorities, in this case the marriage registration office, for the latest state of affairs. Local regulations may change. Permission to marry cannot be given at all marriage registration offices. This must first be obtained at the head office, before registering at the marriage registration office of your choice.

It is wise to register your foreign marriage certificate in the national marriage register. To be able to register a Malaysian marriage certificate in the Netherlands, it must first be legalized in Malaysia.