Marriage registration in Indonesia

Conducting or registering a legal marriage in Indonesia would means to perform the marriage within two ceremonies, which is the religious and the civil ceremony.


The religious ceremony for an Indonesian marriage registration must be conducted prior the civil ceremony and it should be performed in accordance with the current religious believe that the party’s currently had, while the civil ceremony can be carried out afterwards and it was meant as the complete and final legal recognition throughout the marriage.


The religious marriage on an Indonesian marriage registration

The Indonesian marriage registration is strictly depends on what is the current religious believes that the party’s currently have and it is also required that both party must have the same religious believes, this is why one party is required to join other party’s religion prior conducting their marriage registration.


Religious conversion for conducting The Indonesian Marriage Registration

a.    For Moslem marriage;

When registering the marriage within moslem ceremony, the religious conversion can take place prior or at the same moment when the marriage registration took place. The converted party may be presented a written statement regarding his or her free willingness to conduct the conversion process.


b.    For Non-moslem marriage;

The religious conversion for performing marriage on non-moslem Indonesian marriage registration should be conducted prior the marriage registration took place, which strictly depends on the procedures deemed by the governing religion.


 c.    Certification on religious conversion;

Each religious conversion conducted in order to perform the Indonesian marriage registration, will be listed on a written certificate issued by the institution that held the conversion process.


The Indonesian Civil Marriage Registration

The civil registration towards an Indonesian marriage is an administrative proceeding; it is the ultimate legal recognition by the law towards the marriage performed. The proceeding will enlist every detail regarding the party inside the marriage, such as previous marital status, child from the previous marriage, biographical information and other typical details as specified by the supporting documentations submitted by both party, in example:


  • Valid Biographical documents;


  • CNI (Certificate of Non Impediment) which issued by the nominated foreign representative abroad.


  • Proof of previous marriage termination;


  • Birth certification for any children born from the party’s previous marriage


  • Other related documentations required.


Additional Legalization or Certification made during The Civil Indonesian Marriage Registration

When the civil registration took place, both parties may enlist any additional things onto their marriage, such as:


  1. A prenuptial agreement; which is already made, signed, & registered with the nominated Indonesian District Court prior the marriage took place;
  2. Children from previous marriage or an out of wedlock child; during the civil marriage, any children born prior the legal marriage took place can be legalized and listed within the party’s marriage certificate, this legalization is a necessary stage in order to grant the child with his or her civil rights and obligations from both of the parents, also this legalization will provide further parental rights for both party.


The Time Frame for conducting The Indonesian Marriage Registration

On most cases, the registration proceeding can be completed within one or two week, which entirely depends on the readiness of the supporting documents required to conduct the marriage registration proceeding.


International Recognition on an Indonesian Marriage Certificate

Some further legalization is required in order to enlist or to acknowledge the marriage performed in Indonesia into other country. The legalization procedure is principally to certify the marriage certificate with the nominated foreign country, of where the marriage certificate will be used. This legalization is known as ‘the chain legalization’ which will include the following:


  • Legalization from the issuing office;
  • Legalization from The Indonesian Ministry of Law and human rights;
  • Legalization from the Indonesian foreign ministry affairs;
  • Legalization from the nominated foreign embassy of where the said certificate will be used.

Depending on the requirements specified by the designated foreign embassy, each legalization will be made on the copy of the certificate; however the applicant is required to show the original certificate to proof the authenticity of the document.