Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Morocco
Allow a few months from arrival in Morocco to wedding date to process paperwork (length of time greatly varies–hiring a wedding planner may help move this process along). 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 Arabic. Contact your Embassy 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.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports and photocopies of photo page and page with entry stamp (sometimes the photocopies are required to be certified by your country’s Embassy)
- Valid residency card (only if either party is a Moroccan resident)
- Notarized Affidavit of Nationality and Eligibility to Marry (obtained in Morocco at Embassy)
- Police record from your home country
- Groom-to-be must obtain notarized statement of religious denomination (obtained in Morocco)
- Medical certificates (from a Moroccan doctor)
- Original or certified copies of divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
- 3x4cm photographs-4 of each party-(easily obtained in Morocco, the size of photo needed for a Moroccan passport)
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and reliogus ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Morocco. UK citizens: can only marry Moroccan nationals in Morocco.
- 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.
The initial step should be obtaining your Affidavit of Nationality and Eligibility to Marry from your Embassy in Morocco. This document must be translated into Arabic by an authorized translator. Gather all other paperwork and documents that are not in Arabic to be translated as well.
Once the couple has received all the certified documents, they must be taken to the Court of Appeal in the area you plan to wed. Depending on the area chosen for the ceremony, processing the paperwork for the Authorization to Marry can vary greatly in length of time.
A Family Judge will inform you when this authorization has gone through, clearing the way to the next step in obtaining the Marriage Certificate. The Family Judge will give the couple further instructions….
- The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage from the religious officiate of their choice.
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 Morocco” in the subject line.