How to Legally Register Your Marriage

by Michelle Phang, Anindya Paramitha [[ 1587434400000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in Wedding Ideas  

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In the midst of a busy wedding planning, many brides-to-be and grooms-to-be forget about one very important thing that must be done before legalizing their marriage. Before building a household together, of course, you and your partner must have been officially declared as husband and wife by state law and religious law. Couples sometimes do not take the process of collecting the documents needed to issue a marriage certificate seriously. It is indeed a crucial thing to do before arranging a civil registration and wedding ceremony.

Therefore, you should spend at least one to three months to prepare the documents. Within that period, you will be collecting the necessary personal documents and certificates to meet the requirements for a civil registration and wedding ceremony.

It should be noted that this process may vary depending on your religion, state status, place of worship or location of the wedding ceremony, and the state requirements at your wedding location.. Pay close attention to any stipulated marital conditions, such as residence documents. Make sure you meet all the terms immediately, or if possible, before planning other wedding details. We don't recommend you to wait until the last second to take care of this because you will be running out of time which creates unnecessary stress. Complete this step first before doing anything else, so that you can manage other preparations comfortably.

Here are the steps of how to legalize your marriage.

Step 1:

- Visit the RT / RW office to receive a cover letter as one of the requirements to register your marriage under religious law and state law. Don't forget to bring a copy of your partner's and your ID card.

Step 2:

- Prepare a declaration of unmarried status (N1, N2, N3, and N4). The template can be requested at Kelurahan office. Here are some types of declaration letter:

N1: Letter of permission to marry.
N2: Declaration letter of place of origin.
N3: Letter of marriage consent from each bride and groom.
N4: Consent letter from parents to get married.

- Bring the following documents together with a declaration of unmarried status, namely N1, N2, N3 and N4 to get a marriage certificate:

1. Copies of applicant's ID card (2each).
2. Copies of the applicant's parent's ID card (2 each).
3. A cover letter that has been signed by the head of RT / RW.
4. 2 copies of cover letter.
5. Copies of each applicant's birth certificate (2 each).
6. Copies of family register card (2 each).
7. Copies of both witnesses' ID cards (2 each).
8. A declaration of unmarried status which includes a stamp of Rp 6.000,-, under the consent of 2 witnesses, and legalized by RT / RW officials.
9. For members of the TNI / POLRI, attach a permit from their respective superiors.

- Return all application forms of N1-N4 to kelurahan office.
(Please note that the witness forms should be signed by both witnesses and is attached with their ID cards.),

- The officer will ask you to make copies of all the signed documents, 2 each.

- You can bring the declaration letter of unmarried status with you.

Step 3:

- Prepare the necessary documents to register your marriage by religious law. The requirements may differ depending on where the wedding ceremony will be held.

ISLAM:
1. Documents of N1, N2, N3, and N4.
2. Proofs of TT1 immunization for the bride-to-be, immunization card, and TT II immunization from the Puskesmas.
3. 5 pieces of 3 x 2 ID photo with a blue background and 6 pieces of 4 x 6colored side-by-side photo.
4. For members of the TNI / POLRI, submit a permit from their respective superiors.
5. A dispensation letter from the kecamatan office if the wedding day is registered less than 10 working days.
6. A copy of ID card.
7. A copy of family register card.
8. A copy of birth certificate.

CHRISTIAN / CATHOLIC:
1. 3 pieces of colored side-by-side ID photo size 4 x 6.
2. A certificate of baptism.
3. A cover letter/certificate of premarital seminar from the church.
4. A permission letter to hold a holy matrimony at church.
5. Documents of N1-N4.
6. For members of the TNI / POLRI, submit a permit letter from their respective superiors.
7. A dispensation letter from the kecamatan office if the wedding day is registered less than 10 working days.
8. An original file and a copy of ID card.
9. An original file and a copy of family register card.
10. An original file and a copy of birth certificates.
11. Parents' marriage certificate.
12. Death certificate if a parent has passed away.
13. Other documents required by the church, cathedral, or place of the matrimony will be held.

HINDU:
1. 3 pieces of colored side-by-side ID photo size 4 x 6.
2. A declaration of faith in Hinduism.
3. A permission letter to hold a blessing at the temple.
4. Documents of N1-N4.
5. For members of the TNI / POLRI, submit a permit letter from their respective superiors.
6. A dispensation letter from the kecamatan office if the wedding day is registered less than 10 working days.
7. An original file and a copy of ID card.
8. An original file and a copy of family register card.
9. An original file and a copy of birth certificates.
10. Parents' marriage certificate.
11. Death certificate if a parent has passed away.
12. Other documents required by the temple or the place of the matrimony will be held.

BUDDHA:
1. 3 pieces of colored side-by-side ID photo size 4 x 6
2. A permission letter to hold a holy matrimony at temple
3. Documents of N1-N4.
4. For members of the TNI / POLRI, submit a permit letter from their respective superiors.
5. A dispensation letter from the kecamatan office if the wedding day is registered less than 10 working days.
6. An original file and a copy of ID card.
7. An original file and a copy of family register card.
8. An original file and a copy of birth certificates.
9. Parents' marriage certificate.
10. Death certificate if a parent has passed away.
11. Other documents required by the church, cathedral, or place of the matrimony will be held.

A marriage registration fee of Rp 30.000,- applies.

Holding a legal and valid marriage certificate will ease you in the future when you want to apply for other legal certificates. Since it is a valuable document, avoid applying through an illegal agent. Apart from the fact that the costs are illogically higher, everything related to personal data should be confidential to external parties since there are still cases of civil registration scamming. When your marriage is not acknowledged by the state law, even if it was officiated by a religious leader, then it is considers as invalid and unregistered.


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