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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.

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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
Telephone: (+356) 25904241 / (+356) 25904247

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

The Marriage Registry official website:

Online Ordering of Certificates:

Non-online ordering of Certificates:

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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

Telephone: (+356) 2203 9300 / 2203 9315



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Religious Organisations in Malta

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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
FRN 1535
Tel: (+356) 2124 1281


Anglican Marriages in Malta
Chaplaincy Office
St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral
Independence Square
Tel: (+356) 2122 5714


Church of Scotland & Methodist Church of Great Britain
La Romaniola
15, Triq Is-Sieqa
Misrah Kola
Tel: (+356) 2141 5465


Jewish Marriages in Malta
Florida Mansions
Enrico Mazzi Street
Ta’ Xbiex
Tel: (+356) 2123 7309


Evangelical Baptist Church
Valletta Road
Tel: (+356) 2726 2726


Bible Baptist Church
Triq il-Madonna tal-Gebla,
Tel: (+356) 2132 2752


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


Pentecostal Church
Word of Life
Triq il-Kaccatur
QRM 3563
Tel: (+356) 2143 5529


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