Getting Married in Malaysia

Information on the types of wedding ceremony permitted when getting married in Malaysia...

While Muslim and civil ceremonies are the only legally recognised options for marriage in Malaysia, it is possible to have a wedding ceremony in accordance with cultural or religious customs after the marriage has been formally registered. Many people choose to have a civil marriage followed by a religious ceremony.

Civil marriages

Civil marriages must comply with the conditions set out by the Malaysian National Registration Department (NRD).

  • Malaysian National Registration Department
    : Kementerian Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri, Lot 2G5, Presint 2, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutan, 62100 Putrajaya
    Tel: 03 8880 7000
    Fax: 03 8880 7059

A civil marriage must take place at the Registry Office (NRD Office) in either the bride or groom's place of residence.

Muslim marriages

Muslim marriages must be registered with the State Religious Office. Information on Muslim marriage procedures is available from the local Religious Office.