Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Bali
Allow at least 10 days from arrival in Bali to wedding date to process paperwork (10 days are required, unless waived, from the time the Notice of Intention to Marry is filed at the Civil Registry Office). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in Indonesian or English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Indonesia for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports, valid for more than 6 months
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Letter of No Impediment (obtained from your Embassy in Bali or the Indonesian Embassy in your resident country)
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
- 4-4x6cm photographs of couple side by side (easily obtained in Bali) One of these photographs will be added to your certificate of marriage.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Bali are religious: Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim or Protestant. The bride and groom must follow the same religion. Civil-only ceremonies are not recognized, although a civil ceremony will accompany your religious ceremony for local government records.
The Religious Marriage under Islam is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) in a ceremony at a mosque, the home, a restaurant, or any other place chosen by the couple and is legal immediately after the ceremony.
A Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is usually performed first in a church or temple ceremony. After the religious ceremony, every non-Islamic marriage must be recorded with the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil). Without the registration by the Civil Registry these marriages are not legal. Recording by Civil Registry officials can be performed directly at the religious ceremony for an additional fee.
The ceremony can be performed in Indonesian or English. If either party does not speak Indonesian or English, an interpreter should be hired.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports and photocopies of the details page. Civil Registry employees can act as witnesses.
Both parties must take their passports and any divorce/death decrees from a previous marriage (if applicable), in person, to your Embassy in Indonesia or the Indonesian Embassy in your Resident Country to obtain a Letter of No Impediment to Marriage*.
At least 10 days prior to the wedding, bring all documents, know your wedding venue and your chosen officient, to the Civil Registry Office () in Bali to file your Notice of Intention to Marry with the Civil Registry Office. To have this waiting period waived, a couple must apply for a Guest Registration Form (Form A).
Weddings of all faiths, with the exception of the Islamic faith, must be registered with the Civil Registry Office in order to be recognized. Officers can come to your wedding to sign documentation.
- The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage, in the English language, from the religious officiate of their choice.
- The officers from the Civil Registrar Office will provide copies of the Excerpt of Marriage Certificate, in the English language, for the bride and groom and keep copies to have on file.
- Contact your Embassy if you need to have your Marriage Certificate translated into another language.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Bali” in the subject line.
- Tel. +0361 242109 – for Badung Regency (Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, etc)
- Tel. +0361 237501 – for Denpasar