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What are the marriage requirements in Malaysia?

The requirements for marriage in Malaysia under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 are:

  • Both parties must be unmarried

  • Both parties must not be in certain prohibited family relationships as stated under Section 11 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976

  • Both parties must consent to the marriage

  • There must not be other legal obstacles to the marriage

  • You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age

  • No consent of parents or guardian is required if you are twenty-one (21) years of age and above.

  • If you are below twenty-one (21) but above eighteen (18) years of age, you must have the consent of your parents or guardian in Form JPN.KC01B (Written Consent To The Marriage For One Who Has Not Completed 21 Years Of Age) [1].

    1. If such consent is not or cannot be given, you can apply to the High Court for the consent of the Court

    2. No such consent is required if you have been previously married

  • If you are a female sixteen (16) years of age and above but under eighteen (18) years of age, you can marry if you are able to obtain a special marriage licence granted by the Chief Minister in Form JPN.KC01D (Application For A Marriage Licence For Female Below 18 Years Of Age But Having Completed 16 Years) [2].

    1. If you marry without a special marriage licence, your marriage is void
    2. To qualify for a special marriage licence, there must be no lawful impediment to the proposed marriage and you must have the consent of your parents or guardian.
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References
  1. ^ JPN.KC01B can be obtained from the National Registration Department (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara JPN), Marriage and Divorce Division at no cost to you. Licence is valid one (1) month from the date of approval.

  2. ^ JPN.KC01D can be obtained from the National Registration Department (Jabtan Pendaftaran Negara JPN), Marriage and Divorce Division. Licence fee is RM10.00 and valid one (1) month from the date of approval.


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