Procedures and Steps Required to get Married in Indonesia
Indonesia marriage law states that a marriage is legitimate if it is performed according to the regulations of the religious beliefs of the husband and wife. Because religious law applies, requirements vary.
Offices in Indonesia authorized to perform marriages are:
- Office of Religious Affairs) or local mosque for Muslims (
- – Civil Registry and a church or temple for a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage
Legal Requirements for Marriage in Indonesia
Both foreigner and Indonesian must meet the following requirements and produce the following documents:
- If female, be 16 years or older; if male, be 19 years or older
- Valid passport (for a foreigner)
- Valid entry visa into Indonesia (for a foreigner)
- Foreigner’s birth certificate – original is preferred, otherwise a notarised photocopy; the applicable Consulate may need to provide written verification
- Legal proof confirming the marital status of each person:
- For the foreign national, a Letter of No Impediment to Marriage
- If the couple are both Christians, members of a church, and wish to be married in an Indonesian church, they need a letter of notification from their church
- If one or both of the couple need to convert to Islam to be married according to Islamic Law, the marriage must be registered with the Religious Affairs Office (Kantor Urusan Agama) in their local area
- If it is to be a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage, the marriage must be reported and registered with the local Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil). Registration includes a preliminary Notice of Intention to Marry, ten days before the marriage is to take place, this period can be waived for tourists coming to Indonesia to marry
- The marriage usually takes place in a church or temple first. After the ceremony, every non-Islamic marriage must be recorded at the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil). There may be a fine if the marriage is not registered within a specific time frame (usually 60 days), check with the local Catatan Sipil for specific requirements
- Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present during the marriage ceremony. Photocopies of their National Identification Card (KTP) or foreign passport must be filed. Employees who work at the Civil Registration Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil) may act as witnesses
Letter of No Impediment to Marriage
Indonesian authorities require an official letter issued by a foreigner’s home consulate which states that the foreigner has never been married, is divorced, or is a widow or widower.
Proving that a marriage has never taken place can be difficult and regulations depend on the foreigner’s country of origin. Foreigners should consult their consulates.
Notice of Intention to Marry
When presenting a letter of Notice of Intention to Marry at the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil), both partners must have the following original documents:
- Foreign spouse’s passport
- Certified birth certificates
- Certified final divorce decree or death certificates as regards termination of previous marriages (where applicable)
- Four 4 x 6cm photos, both partners side by side
- For the foreign spouse: The Letter of No Impediment to Marriage issued by the foreigner’s consulate
For non-Muslim marriages, expect a ten-day waiting period before a marriage certificate is available.
Islamic Marriage Certificates (Marriage Book or Buku Nikar) as issued by an Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) might be available in less time, and are usually valid throughout Indonesia and do not require registration with any other agency if the couple plans on living in Indonesia.