Legal Marriage Information
Getting Married in Bali
If you want to also get legally married in Bali then your marriage must then be in accordance with the marriage law of Indonesia. Please note that those requirements and the involved paperwork to get legally married in Bali can vary slightly depending on your nationality and whether your country has a consulate or any other legal representation in Bali / Indonesia.
In accordance with Law No. 1 of 1974 concerning marriages in Indonesia (Article 2 (1): “a marriage is legitimate if it has been performed according to the laws of the respective religious beliefs of the parties concerned.”) To get legally married in Bali, you are required to have both a religious and civil ceremony. Although in recent years the civil ceremony is often consolidated with the religious ceremony.
The marriage should be registered with the district Civil Registrar & the ceremony must be performed under religious rites.
Indonesian authorities require that all foreigners planning to marry in Indonesia obtain a “CNI” (Certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage) before the wedding. This is simply a letter from your Consulate or Embassy representative in Indonesia stating that there is no objection for you to get married in Indonesia.
For the Consulate to issue this letter, each couple must personally visit their country’s respective Consulate to swear an oath that they are free to marry, for some Embassy or Consulate office allow an application of CNI by sending all detail required by Embassy or Consulate office. You must have with you the documents listed below. Once the oath has been taken, the Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage will be produced and handed over. This is usually done on the spot.
The following information will be required in order to process your marriage certificate in Indonesia as follows:
• Birth certificates for both parties
• Details of religious faith (i.e. baptism certificates)
• Written parental consent for any person under the age of 21
• Death certificate of former spouse (when relevant)
• Decree absolute divorce certificate (when relevant)
• Two (2) witnesses are required for your wedding. If you do not have any witnesses we can arrange it.
• Eight (8) photographs (6 x 4 cm) of the couple in same photo. Photo must be of the head & shoulders only, side by side, looking straight ahead. FYI, these photos will be attached to your wedding certificate.