Civil marriage procedures in Malaysia
From 1 January 1995, Australian consular and diplomatic officers are no longer empowered to perform marriages overseas. Since that date, any legally performed marriage in an overseas country, which would have been legal had it been performed in Australia, is accepted as a legal marriage under Australian law.
In order to register your marriage in Malaysia, local authorities would require Australian Citizens to obtain either a Single Status Certificate or a Certificate of No Impediment.
The Australian High Commission can only issue a Certificate of No Impediment and does not issue any other documents in to respect to marriages in Malaysia.
Single status certificate can only be issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) in Australia.
For exact details of what requirements will need to be met in order for a marriage in Malaysia, persons wishing to marry in Malaysia should contact The following general information may also be of assistance. If you are undergoing a civil marriage, please refer to the National Registration Department for Marriages for further information, http://www.jpn.gov.my/ or if you are undergoing an Islamic ceremony, please refer to the relevant Islamic state department http://www.sppim.gov.my/sppim/home.
Single Status Certificate
Single Status Certificates can only be issued by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in accordance to which state the applicant is resident in. The High Commission can not assist in the issuance of these certificates and all enquiries must be directed to the relevant authority.
Certificate of No Impediment
Both the couple must be present at the time of application
The form” Application for Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage” should be completed by both couple.
Consular fee AUD140.00 (Ringgit Malaysia 441.00) is charged. Please note that we accept payment for passports and notarial services by credit/debit card (Visa or MasterCard only) or local Malaysian bank draft only. We do not accept cash, American Express or personal cheques. Bank drafts should be made payable to the "AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION" in Malaysian Ringgit.
Evidence must be sighted before the certificate is issued:
Both couple’s original passports
Both couple’s original birth certificates
If either party is divorced or widowed, the relevant decree absolute or death certificate must be sighted
This service is provided between 10:00 - 12:00 noon Monday to Thursday apart from observed Public Holidays. NOTARIAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please click here to make an appointment.
Further information on civil marriage procedures in Malaysia can be obtained from:
National Registration Department
Kementerian Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri
Lot 2G5, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutan
Tel: (03) 8880 7000
Fax: (03) 8880 7059
Further information on Islamic marriage procedures in Malaysia can be obtained from:
Jabatan Agama Islam
Kompleks Pusat Islam
50519 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur office: 60-3-2692-5018/2692-5044
Web site: http://www.jawi.gov.my/