Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Malta
Allow at least 1-6 weeks from arrival in Malta to wedding date (6 weeks of notice to post wedding banns and process paperwork prior to the planned wedding date is required by the Registrar’s Office. To shorten your stay, initial notice can be taken care of by post). 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 Maltese or English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Malta for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with and apostille stamp. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates, including full names of parents (if your parent’s names are not included on your birth certificate, a certified Statutory Declaration from a friend or relative can be included with the birth certificate(s).
- Valid Passports and photocopies
- Witness Passport photocopies, birth places, residences and father’s full names, if applicable (necessary for weddings in Gozo)
- RZ1 Form, a request to publish wedding banns
- RZ2 Form, Declaration on Oath, performed before a Commissioner of Oaths who will certify it with a stamp or seal, valid for 3 months
- Proof of domicile (i.e. utility bill)
- Verification of single status (can be obtained from your embassy in France, issued within the past 3 months)
- Only if you have not been previously married:
-Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry (sworn in your resident country-contact your Embassy), valid for 3 months
- If you have been previously married:
-Divorce decree and corresponding marriage certificate to former spouse, along with an Affidavit declaring that you have not remarried from the time your divorce was finalized, if applicable
-Death certificate and corresponding marriage certificate to deceased spouse, along with an Affidavit declaring that you have not remarried from the time of your spouse’s death, if applicable
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor), if applicable
- Some places of worship may require additional documentation. If planning a church wedding contact the Curia Marriages Office in or .
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and Religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Malta. The ceremony is preformed in Maltese or English. If either party does not speak Maltese or English, an interpreter should be hired.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Parental consent is necessary if either party is underage. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. The bride and groom cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses at least 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Please note that documents must be received between 6 weeks to 3 months prior to the planned wedding date. Copies should be sent and originals should be brought to the Registry Office upon arrival.
When applying for a marriage license, be prepared to state the venue and date of the ceremony, the name of the officiant, and the surname the bride plans to use once married. Any changes to venue will require a notice of 3 weeks.
Note that beach and poolside weddings are not authorized venues in Malta.
The Marriage License can be obtained from the Registrar no more than 10 days prior to the wedding ceremony.
*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 Malta” in the subject line.
- Tel: +2155 6470
- Valetta: Marriage Registry Office, Evans Building, Merchants Street, Valletta VLT 2000, Malta
- Tel: +356 22 209 200
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gozo: The Public Registry of Gozo, Rabat, Gozo
- Tel: +356 21 553 732
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: +356 21 221 775
- Fax: +356 21 249 234