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Obtaining the ‘Marriage Licence’ in Malta

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Whether having a religious or a civil wedding,  any couple getting married in Malta must contact the Marriage Registry of Malta to make a request for the ‘Publication of Marriage Banns’.

This has to be done between two to three months prior to the wedding.

Documents to take with you:

  • Birth Certificates – only in case of applicants whose birth is not registered at the Malta Public Registry
  • Official Identity Cards of both parties and copies thereof
  • Copies of the Identity Cards of the witnesses

 

What you should know:

  • The church / place where the marriage will be held
  • The date of marriage
  • The name and surname of the priest who will be conducting the ceremony. In case of a Civil Wedding the Marriage Registry will appoint a wedding officiant.
  • The surname which the bride will be using after marriage (her maiden surname, her husband’s or, in the case of widows, possibly that of her predeceased spouse)

Ten days prior to the marriage date the couple is to collect three documents prepared by the Marriage Registry and submit them to the Parish Priest of the place where the wedding ceremony will be held.

 

marriage registry malta wedding signing

 

After the wedding ceremony, the couple will sign their Marriage Certificate. The bride should sign using her maiden surname, or if she is widowed, her late husband’s surname.

 

Please Note:

To avoid queuing, it is recommended that couples contact the Registry for an appointment before visiting.

Foreigners and Maltese nationals who will be wedding foreigners or persons who have lived abroad for a period of time should request more information from the Marriage Registrar – contact details below.

Couples who are getting married in Gozo should apply for their Marriage Banns at the Marriage Registry in Victoria, Gozo.

 

For more info please contact;

Malta Office
Marriage Registry (Malta)
Evans Building
Merchant Street
Valletta VLT 2000
Malta
Telephone: (+356) 25904241 / (+356) 25904247
Email: pubreg.marriage@gov.mt


Gozo Office
The Public Registry of Gozo
Rabat
Gozo
Telephone: (+356) 2215 6380


The Marriage Registry official website:
https://secure2.gov.mt/certifikati/Department.aspx


Online Ordering of Certificates:
www.certifikati.gov.mt


Non-online ordering of Certificates:

https://secure2.gov.mt/certifikati/CertificateForms.aspx



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Civil Weddings & Same-Sex Civil Unions

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The Marriage Registry of Malta also provides services for Civil Weddings. Couples who opt for a Civil Wedding have to satisfy the same obligations and formalities requested for a religious marriage.

 

A Civil Marriage may take place at the Marriage Registry Room (photo below) or at any other public place that is accepted by the Marriage Registrar.  Marriages can also take place on board Maltese registered cruise liners.

Marriage Registry Room Malta


Same-Sex Civil Unions

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On the 14th of April 2014 same-sex civil unions, which give the couple the same legal rights as those of a marriage, became legal in Malta.  The legalities required for same-sex civil unions are the same as those for heterosexual civil weddings.

 

For more info:

Malta Office
Marriage Registry (Malta)
Evans Building
Merchant Street
Valletta VLT 2000
Malta

Telephone: (+356) 25904241 / (+356) 25904247
Email: pubreg.marriage@gov.mt

 

Gozo Office
The Public Registry of Gozo
Rabat
Gozo

Telephone: (+356) 2215 6380

 

The Marriage Registry official website:
https://secure2.gov.mt/certifikati/Department.aspx

Online Ordering of Certificates:
www.certifikati.gov.mt

Non-online ordering of Certificates:
https://secure2.gov.mt/certifikati/CertificateForms.aspx



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Keeping your Maiden Surname

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When visiting the Marriage Registry of Malta for the publication of banns, the bride-to-be must have decided whether or not she will keep her maiden surname. Below are the available options.  

 

In this example let us assume that Mary Abela is getting married to John Borg.  These are her options with regards to her surname:

Option 1: Mary Abela to become Mary Borg

Option 2: Mary Abela to become Mary Borg Abela or Mary Abela Borg

Option 3: Mary Abela to remain Mary Abela (keep her maiden surname)

 

What about the couple’s children?

Children always take their father’s surname but can also take the mother’s together with the father’s.

Thus the children’s surname of the couple in this example would be;

Option 1: Paul Borg

Option 2: Paul Borg Abela or Paul Abela Borg

For some brides this decision might be understandably quite difficult. You have been carrying your surname for at least eighteen years and all your friends know you like that! Will you feel uncomfortable changing it? Will you feel that your identity has been changed?

The choice is yours!

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Cana Movement Marriage Preparation Course

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Couples getting married in Malta in a Roman Catholic Church should attend the Marriage Preparation Course organized by the Cana Movement.  This is an obligatory course and it is suggested to attend this course around two years prior to the wedding.


What does this Course consist of?

The course consists of ten short and interesting weekly talks / workshops.  Discussions are held in small groups where different opinions can be expressed amongst other couples getting married in a Roman Catholic church.  A leading couple will be present to help throughout the meetings. You will be given a booklet to guide you through these meetings.  At the end of the course the couple will be presented with a certificate of attendance which must be presented at the Curia together with the Immediate Preparation for Marriage certificate (see below).

Where and when are these Courses held?

Marriage Preparation Courses are held in various parishes around Malta three times a year; in January, April and October. Booking is done directly with the Parish Church where you will be attending, ideally a month or more in advance. A fee of Euro 35 per couple applies.
English speaking couples;  Courses in English are held in April and October.

Immediate Preparation for Marriage

Apart from the above course, closer to the wedding date the couple is to attend a number of meetings organised by the respective parish. At the end the couple will be presented with another certificate. Both certificates are to be submitted upon registration for marriage at the Curia.

 

For more info contact:

Cana Movement
Catholic Institute
St.Publius Street
Floriana
FRN1441
Malta

Telephone: (+356) 2203 9300 / 2203 9315

Email: info@canamovement.org

Website: www.canamovement.org



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Religious Organisations in Malta

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Church Weddings Malta

Apart from Roman Catholic churches, in Malta one can find various religious organisations where one can marry.  The list below is a non-exhaustive list of several organisations and the respective contact details.

 

Please note that couples, Maltese and foreign, wishing to have a Roman Catholic marriage on the Maltese Islands need to attend the obligatory Marriage Preparation Course.  More info here (new window).


Various religious entities (by faith):

Roman Catholic Marriages
The Curia Malta
Pjazza San Kalcedonju
Floriana
FRN 1535
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2124 1281
Web: www.maltadiocese.org

 

Anglican Marriages in Malta
Chaplaincy Office
St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral
Independence Square
Valletta
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2122 5714
Web: www.anglicanmalta.org

 

Church of Scotland & Methodist Church of Great Britain
La Romaniola
15, Triq Is-Sieqa
Misrah Kola
Attard
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2141 5465
Web: www.saintandrewsmalta.com

 

Jewish Marriages in Malta
Synagogue
Florida Mansions
Enrico Mazzi Street
Ta’ Xbiex
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2123 7309
Web: www.jewishmalta.com

 

Evangelical Baptist Church
Valletta Road
Qomi
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2726 2726
Web: www.kebmalta.org

 

Bible Baptist Church
Triq il-Madonna tal-Gebla,
Gzira
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2132 2752
Web: www.biblebaptistchurch-malta.org

 

Greek Orthodox Church
83
Merchants Street
Valletta
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2122 1600

 

Pentecostal Church
Word of Life
56
Triq il-Kaccatur
Qormi
QRM 3563
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2143 5529
Web: www.wordoflifemalta.org

 

Mosque
World Islamic Call Society
Corradino Road
Paola
Malta
Tel: (+356) 2169 7203


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Applying for the Malta Government Marriage Grant

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Did you know that a Maltese resident who marries is eligible to a Marriage Grant of a maximum of €271.04?  This grant is paid per person, that is, the maximum grant payable per couple is €542.08.

 

Eligibility

1. Maltese Nationals having contributed at least 26 SSCs prior to date of marriage.
2. EU Nationals with permanent Maltese residence.

Application for the Marriage Grant should reach Department of Social Security within six months from date of marriage.

Procedure

In order to apply for the Marriage Grant, the person must fill in the prescribed application form, which can be obtained either from the Department of Social Security or from your local District Social Security Office or online through the links below. Once completed, the form must be returned to the same office within six months from date of marriage.

Documents Required

Normally, when applying for the Marriage Grant, there is no need to present a marriage certificate, provided that the marriage was registered in Malta. However, when a marriage cannot be verified against official records, the marriage certificate will be required.

Back Office Process

Once a claim is received, it is registered. An assessment of the contributions paid will be made, and the other eligibility criteria are verified. The claimant is then informed whether his/her claim was accepted or rejected. In the case of the former, payment will be effected.

How to apply?

You can apply by obtaining the respective application form from any Social Security District Office or online via the link below.

Please Note:

In October 2014, the Ministry had announced that couples need not apply for the marriage grant and that the Department will automatically contact couples to process their grant.  However, as at time of writing, the Ministry’s official website still states that couples have to apply through the respective form.  Thus we suggest that, before applying, newly weds contact the Ministry (details below) to obtain the latest information.

For more info:

Department of Social Security
Short Term Benefits Section
38, Ordnance Street,
Valletta VLT 2000

Telephone: (+356) 2590 3000
Website and Application Forms

 



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The Wedding/Civil Union VAT Expenses Grant

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The Wedding Civil Union Vat Expenses Grant

Married couples may claim back the VAT (Value Added Tax) spent on wedding services. This scheme applies to expenditure incurred on the supply of goods and services relating to weddings where, on the date of marriage/civil union, at least one of the spouses is a citizen of Malta.

 

Below please find more details as per  Government Notice No 965.


Area of applicability

This scheme applies to expenditure incurred by eligible applicants who get married or enter into a civil union on or after the effective date, on the supply of goods and services relating to their wedding/civil union ceremony, which function is performed in Malta and where, on the date of marriage/civil union, at least one of the applicants is a person residing in Malta.

In the case where one of the applicants party to such a marriage or civil union has already benefited from such a scheme through a previous marriage or civil union but which marriage or civil union has been legally dissolved/annulled, the grant entitlement under this scheme would be reduced by a fraction of one half.

In the case where both parties of such a marriage or civil union have already benefited from such a scheme through previous marriages or civil unions no grant would be awarded.


Expenditure to be reported

The expenditure to be reported is in respect of the supply of goods and services indicated in the Second Schedule to this scheme.

 

Manner of application and supporting documents

(1) Applications under this scheme shall be made on the form set out in the First Schedule to this Scheme and shall contain all the information, details and documents as required in the said form and in terms of this Scheme.

(2) Applications shall be accompanied by the documents shown hereunder:

(a) original fiscal receipts showing the payments made by the applicants to the suppliers of the goods and services related to their wedding/civil union ceremony:

However, where the goods and services are not purchased from a supplier in Malta, the original invoice issued by the supplier indicating the type of goods or services acquired, together with a delivery note, original documentary proof that final payment has been affected and clearance from Maltapost/Department of Customs as may be required. This documentation should establish that the goods and services in question were purchased by, delivered to and paid for by the applicants. In addition, where required the goods shall also have a certificate that attests conformity with EU health and safety standards;

(b) a copy of the Identity Card of the applicants or in the absence of an Identity Card a copy of any other official document as described under the definition of “person residing in Malta”;

(c) any other document which the Minister for Finance may, from time to time, require.

 

(3) Only those applications that are found to conform to the provisions of this Scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in paragraph 5 of this scheme.

 

(4) Applications under this scheme, including the documents required to be submitted with the application, shall be furnished to the VAT Department, Centre Point Building, Triq Ta’ Paris, Birkirkara BKR 4633 by not later than six months (180 days) from the date of the wedding/civil union ceremony.

Applications received ‘late’, that is after the six month period, shall be deemed to be invalid applications.


5. Grant payable under the Scheme

The grant payable under the scheme on a valid application made by eligible applicants shall be calculated on a pro-rata basis at 13.04% commensurate with the expenditure reported in the application and in any case shall not exceed a maximum of one thousand seven hundred and forty seven euro (€1,747).

 

6. Payment of grant

The grant will be paid jointly to the applicants by cheque posted at the address indicated on the application form.

 

7. Validity of application

An application shall not be deemed to be valid unless:

(a) it is full and complete in all material aspects;

(b) it is accompanied by all the relevant documentation;

(c) is furnished to the VAT Department by not later than six months from the date of the wedding/civil union ceremony as is stipulated in Section 4 of this scheme.

 

8. Duration of the scheme

This scheme shall remain in force for an indefinite period from the effective date, until such time that the Minister for Finance may opt to terminate it by a notice to be published in the Government Gazette.


9. Amendments to the scheme

The Minister for Finance shall have the right to, from time to time, make amendments to the Scheme by publication of the said amendments in the Gazette.

 

Categories of supplies of goods and services connected with weddings/civil union ceremonies.

 

1. Hairdresser – Beautician – Make-up artist.

2. Bridal/Partner wear including bridesmaids’/pageboys.

3. Hire of suits: bridegroom/partner, witnesses, bestman, ushers, etc.

4. Bridal/Partner car and other chauffeur hired cars.

5. Flowers and floral arrangements.

6. Audio visual services: video – audio recordings – photography.

7. Services of singer/choir/musicians at wedding /civil union ceremony.

8. Services of singers/musicians/bands disco at wedding/civil union reception.

9. Hire of wedding/civil union reception venue.

10. Catering, beverages and waiter services at wedding/civil union reception.


Application Form

Applications shall be made on the proper form and shall contain all the information, details and documents as required in the said form.  The respective application form can be downloaded from the Ministry for Finance on this link.


Submitting the Application

Applications under this Scheme, including the documents required to be submitted with the application, should reach the VAT Department within three (3) months from the date of marriage. Applications forms should be sent to

Value Added Tax Department
16, Centre Point Building
Triq Ta’ Paris
B’Kara
BKR 4633


Payment of Grant

The grant will be paid jointly to the husband and wife by cheque posted to the address shown on the application.


Validity of Application

An application shall not be deemed to have been submitted unless it is full and complete in all material respects and unless it contains all the information and is accompanied by all the documents requested therein.


Amendments to the Scheme

The Minister of Finance shall have the right to make any amendments to this Scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Gazette.


For more info:

Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment
Maison Demandols
South Street
Valletta
VLT 1102

Tel: 25998244, 25998202
Email: info.mfin@gov.mt
Web: http://www.finance.gov.mt

 

VAT Department
16, Centre Point Building
Ta’ Paris
B’Kara
BKR 4633

Telephone: (+356) 153
Email: vat@gov.mt
Web: http://www.vat.gov.mt



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Home Completion VAT Expenses Grant

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HOME COMPLETION VAT EXPENSES GRANT

Maltese residents constructing, completing or rehabilitating their first home are eligible to claim back the VAT paid on the relevant expenses.  

Criteria and Eligibility:

1. Grant is given under the following conditions:

  • In the case of single persons over 24 years (or 18 years in case of a physical, intellectual or disabled person), applicants can benefit from a maximum grant of €2330.
  • In the case of engaged or married couples, or separated/divorced persons, single parents or widows with custody of children, applicants can benefit from a maximum grant of €5824.

2. The maximum amount of grant is increased by an additional €1165 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of a property which was built and ready for habitation before 1/1/1990.

3. The Grant is given in two installments. The first installment is given on works relating to construction and the second installment is given on the finishing works.

4. The grant is calculated by multiplying the value on the fiscal receipt by 13.04% for receipts dated before 31/12/2003 and by 15.254% for receipts issued after this date.

For more info:

Housing Authority,
22,
Pietro Floriani Street,
Floriana
FRN 1060

Tel: (+356) 2299 1000 / (+356) 8007 2232 (Freephone)

Housing Authority Website