Civil Weddings

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The Marriage Registry regulates all marriages celebrated in Malta and Gozo, whether religious or civil. 

Marriages and Civil Unions in Malta are subject to the provisions of the Marriage Act, Cap 255, which became effective on the 12th August 1975 and Civil Unions Act, Cap 530 which became effective on the 14th April 2014. Both acts were amended by Act XXIII of 2017, effective 1st September 2017, The Marriage Registry was established on the 12th August 1975, the year in which the Marriage Act was enacted. The Act regulates all marriages and Civil Unions in the Maltese Islands.

The Marriage Registry receives requests for the Publication of Banns for marriages and civil unions taking place in Malta. Applications for the publication of Banns are received between three (3) months and six (6) weeks prior to the date of marriage or civil union. The banns are published five (5) to four (4) weeks prior to the date of marriage or civil union. The Marriage Registry also provides the service of a Marriage Room were Civil Marriage and Civil Unions can be officiated.

The Marriage Registry also assists Maltese Nationals marrying foreigners by providing any required information. Moreover, the Office registers marriages and civil unions which took place abroad where at least one individual of the married couple is a Maltese National. The Marriage Registry is also responsible to commence formalities required to annotate in the relative Act of Birth, the legitimation ‘by subsequent marriage’ of children born out of wedlock

For more information about the Marriage Registry and to download the necessary application forms, visit this website

If you would like to contact the Maltese Marriage Registry, phone on 356 25904241 / 356 25904247 or send an email at [email protected]If the marriage ceremony is to take place in Gozo, contact the Gozo Public Registry by phoning on 356 22156381 or by sending an email at [email protected].

  The information provided in this section is derived from third party religious or civil entities and may be subject to changes outside of the webmasters’ control from time to time. Visitors are encouraged to check local marriage laws, regulations and limitations directly with the Maltese Marriage Registry for Civil weddings, with the Maltese & Gozitan Diocese (Roman Catholic weddings) and/or their respective religious denomination or belief-system representation in Malta.