Bali Wedding Regulation

GETTING MARRIED IN BALI: MARRIAGE REGULATIONS, LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES

Bali is one of Indonesia’s provinces and is subjected to Indonesian Laws.

Every couples considering getting married in Bali must abide these Laws.

All couples who will marry in Indonesia must declare a religion. The Civil Registry Office will only recognize marriages of persons of Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same faith; otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of faith converting.

The Religious Marriage under Islam is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) in a ceremony at a mosque, the home, a restaurant, or any other place chosen by the couple and is legal immediately after the ceremony. The Moslem clergyman is able to attend and presiding the ceremony everywhere.

A Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is usually performed first in a church or temple ceremony. After the religious ceremony, every non-Islamic marriage must be recorded with the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil). Without the registration by the Civil Registry these marriages are not legal. Recording by Civil Registry officials can be performed directly at the religious ceremony for an additional fee.

Persons of non-Islamic faith are required to file with the Civil Registry Office in the Regency where they are staying first a 'Notice of Intention to Marry' as well as a 'Letter of No Impediment' secured from their consular representatives.

For the issue of the Letter of No Impediment to Marriage by your Consular Representative you will need to present for yourself and your fiancé (e), your Passport(s) valid for more than 6 months and Certified Divorce Decrees (absolute/final) and/or Death Certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages. Please contact the Consular Representative of your country for details well before your intended date of marriage.

Please check with your Consulates or Consular Representatives in Bali.
For the Notice of Intention to Marry you have to submit the following documents for both partners to the Civil Registry Office (show the original and present a photocopy):
Prepare the documents below for legal wedding:
  • Copy of passport or KTP for Indonesian
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of divorce certificate if you have been marriage before
  • Copy passport of two witnesses
  • Copy of death certificate for widower
  • 8 pieces of photograph size 4cm x 6cm (Groom on the right side of the bride-landscape)
  • Letter of No Impediment of marriage from your consulate in Bali/ Indonesia or directly from your government if you don’t have embassy/ general consulate in Indonesia
  • Letter of N1-N4 or Letter of single status from Civil Minister/ Kelurahan (Surat Keterangan Belum Pernah Menikah) for Indonesian

Before the marriage, you and your fiancé (e) also may wish to file with the Civil Registry a prenuptial Property Agreement (Surat Pernyataan Harta) which must be signed before a local Notary Public.

This contract is necessary if you wish to hold property separately during the marriage. In the absence of such a document, Indonesian marriage law assumes joint ownership of property, and subsequent property acquisitions by the Indonesian partner will be regulated according to the laws restricting foreign property ownership.

Two witnesses over the age of 18 are required. They must show the originals and present photocopies of their passports if they are foreign citizens or KTP (ID cards) if they are Indonesian citizens. Civil Registry employees can act as witnesses.

The Civil Registry office has a Mandatory Waiting Period of 10 working days from the date of filing. This waiting period may be waived for tourists presenting a guest registration form (Form A).
Islamic Marriage Certificates (Buku Nikah) issued by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) are legally valid in Indonesia and do not require registration with any other agency if you are going to live in Indonesia. However, if you might move somewhere else in the future (and who knows?), get a marriage certificate issued by the Civil Registry and an officially certified translation right away (see below).

All other Marriage Certificates will be issued by the Civil Registry usually on the same or next day. A sworn English translation of the marriage certificate should be obtained for use abroad. It is not necessary for the marriage certificate or translation to be registered by your Consular Agency. However, to have the sworn translation of the marriage certificate verified or a special translation made by the Consulate of your home country or the Consulate of your country of residence might prove useful