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How to Get Married in Malta

Historical Malta has an abundance of wedding locations, from romantic coves to grand churches or luxury palaces. Your wedding planner will help you with the paperwork and ensure that your wedding day is the best day of your life!

Below are the legalities for marrying in Malta, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Malta Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Malta?

Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses must be present who are over 18 years old.


How long do I have to be resident in Malta before I can get married?

There are no residency requirements to get married in Malta.


How to get a marriage licence in Malta

Between three months and six weeks before you wish to marry you must request the publication of marriage banns at the Public Registry (form RZ1). You will need to provide: Birth certificates showing parents’ names, identity cards and copies, a copy of the identity cards of the witnesses.
You must also provide a Declaration on Oath (form RZ2) signed in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths with their personal seal attached to the form.
You must also provide the following information for the Marriage Registrar: The church or place where the marriage will be held, the marriage date, the name of the priest who will celebrate the marriage ceremony and the surname which the bride will be using after marriage.
Ten days before the ceremony the couple must collect the documents prepared by the Marriage Registry and give them to the Marriage Officer/Parish Priest where they are to be married.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?

Forms RZ1 & 2
Passports and photocopies.
Full birth certificates.
A Free Status Certificate from the local Registrar or Declaration that you are free to marry.
Affidavit signed in the presence of a solicitor that you have not remarried after the death of your former spouse, or your previous divorce.
If you have been divorced then your first marriage certificate and the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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Malta Marriage Registrar's Office

Public Registry
Evans Building, Merchants Street,

Valletta VLT2000, Malta

 Tel:+356 2220 9200
Open: Monday to Friday: 7:15am - 2pm
Wednesday: 7:15am - 2pm and 3pm - 6pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 11am


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