Legal Requirements for a Marriage in Malta

If you’ve decided to have your wedding in Malta, you’ll be glad to know the legal requirements for getting married here are relatively simple and straightforward. Wed Our Way can guide you through the process and assist with all paperwork.

General Facts About Marriages in Malta

  • Marriages in Malta are subject to the provisions of the Marriage Act, 1975. 
  • The marriage in Malta of foreign citizens is legally binding for couples from most European countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland. If you don’t see your country listed here, please ask. 
  • Couples getting married in Malta are not obligated to meet any minimum residency requirements in Malta. 
  • All requirements apply to both religious and civil marriages, unless otherwise stated. Required Documentation for Marriage Application.The following documentation must be submitted to the Marriage Registry in Valetta or Gozo to apply for marriage in Malta: 
  • Request for the Publications of the Banns (Form RZ1)- Form is attached and available for download 
  • Declarations on Oath (Form RZ2) - Form is attached and available for download 
  • The declaration must be signed on separate forms by the couple in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths attached to a Maltese Diplomatic Mission or in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths (e.g. attorney, justice of the peace or notary), who must affix their personal stamp or seal.
  • Original long Birth Certificates for the bride and groom. They must include the names of both parents.
  • If the full birth certificate does not contain both parents’ names, a Statutory Declaration is required from a relative or friend who can confirm the full current names of both parents as well as the maiden name of the mother in writing. The Statutory Declaration must be written on attorney letterhead, and that attorney must place his stamp/seal and signature on the document.
  • Passport - Photocopy is adequate for the Marriage Application
  • A Free Status Certificate from your Local Registrar. Certificate of No Impediment (only applies to UK Citizens)
  • 3rd Party declaration (for Uk citizens) Original must be bought to the wedding ceremony
  • If this is your first marriage

If you are divorced:

  • Decree Absolute and previous marriage certificates. Affidavit by a third party written in the presence of an attorney, stating that since the date of your divorce, you have not remarried

If you are widowed:

  • Certificate of first marriage
  • Death certificate of former spouse
  • Affidavit by a third party written in the presence of an attorney, stating that since the death of your former spouse, you have not remarried

If you are under 18:

  • Parental consent to marry

If you have changed your name 

  • A notarized copy of the Deed Poll

Completing the Marriage Application

On the marriage application you will be asked to state your intended place of marriage. If you decide to change this location after submitting your marriage application, you must notify the marriage registry at least 3 weeks prior to the wedding.

You must submit the marriage application at least 6 weeks prior to the wedding date but no more than 3 months in advance.

Upon arriving in Malta prior to your wedding, you will be required to visit the Marriage Registry in Valetta or Gozo to finalize matters. You will be asked to present your passports.

Civil weddings:

Civil Marriages can take place in the Marriage Registry itself in Valletta by appointment.

They can also take place at any other public that the Registrar accepts as appropriate. Appropriate venues include: wedding halls, conference rooms and other public areas within hotel precincts. Civil Marriages are not to be conducted at poolside areas or on private beaches.

Religious weddings:

Religious Marriages are celebrated in the church of one’s denomination. You must state the name of your priest on the marriage application.

If you have any questions or need application forms, just ask your wedding consultant at Wed Our Way (visit our homepage here). We’re familiar with the legal requirements for marriage in Malta and happy to assist in any way. Contact us at martina@wedourway.com