Marriage Registration Muslims Indonesia Re-regulated by 2018 Regulation

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    Muslim Marriage Indonesia

    New Regulation 19 of 2018 on Marriage Registration

    The Minister of Religious Affairs (Minister) has issued Regulation No. 19 of 2018 on the Registration of Marriages (Regulation 19/2018). This regulation replaces the previous Regulation of the Minister of Religious Affairs No. 11 of 2007. In this column we will discuss the marriage registration, nuptial agreement, mixed marriage, and reconcilement registrations.

    Marriage Registration

    Couples must prepare the registration of a marriage plan at the District Religious Affairs Office (KUA) where the marriage covenant (akad) is held, not later than 10 business days before the marriage. The following documents must be prepared by the couples for the registration of a marriage plan:

    1. Certificate of legal capacity to marry from the sub-district where the bride and the groom have their residence;
    2. Copy of birth certificate;
    3. Copy of identity card;
    4. Copy of family card;
    5. Marriage recommendation letter from local District KUA, in case the marriage is held at a different location than the current residence of the bride and groom; and
    6. Approval letter of the bride and the groom.

    Regulation 19/2018 also mentions to additional requirements, in case of specific circumstances.

    Within 10 business days after successful submission of all documents, the the Head of District KUA or Celebrant shall announce the marriage plan.

    Nuptial Agreement

    The couple may decide to prepare a prenuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement.

    Mixed Marriages

    Mixed marriage between Muslim foreign citizens and Indonesian citizens must be registered at the District KUA or Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia abroad, by completing the following main requirements:

    1. Permit from embassy/representatives of the relevant country. In the event of there is no embassy of the relevant foreign citizen in Indonesia, the permit may be requested from the authorized agency of the relevant country;
    2. copy of birth certificate;
    3. divorce certificate;
    4. copy of passport; and
    5. data of both parents of the foreign citizen as replacement of the family card.

    All documents which are in foreign language must be translated into Indonesian by an official translator.

    Marriages between Foreign Nationals

    Marriage between Muslim foreigners may be registered at the District KUA, by completing the following main requirements:

    1. Permit from embassy/representatives of the relevant country. In the event of there is no embassy of the relevant foreign citizen in Indonesia,  the permit may be requested from the authorized agency of the relevant country;
    2. copy of birth certificate;
    3. copy of passport; and
    4. data of both parents of the foreign citizen as replacement of the family card.

    All documents which are in foreign language must be translated into Indonesian by an official translator.

    Overseas Marriages

    Marriages abroad between Indonesian citizens and/or between Indonesian citizens and foreign citizens can be registered at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, by completing the following main requirements:

    1. Reference letter from the head of sub-district/village;
    2. Copy of ID card;
    3. Copy of family card;
    4. Copy of birth certificate; and
    5. Marriage recommendation from District KUA which is validated by the Directorate of KUA Development and Harmonious Family (Keluarga Sakinah).

    Overseas marriages may be conducted in accordance with laws and regulations of the relevant country.

    Reconciliation Registration

    Couples who wish to reconcile after their divorce, must inform the Head of District KUA or celebrant in writing by attaching the divorce certificate and reference letter from the head of sub-district/village. The husband is then required to state the reconciliation vow before the Head of District KUA or Celebrant.

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