Marriage in Indonesia requires a religious ceremony. Indonesian law requires that both parties must be of the same religion and the marriage must conform to the laws of the countries of the parties involved. The Indonesian House of Representatives approved six religions recognized by the government. They are Islam, Catholic, Protestant Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Depending on the type of religious marriage ceremony, there are different requirements to make a marriage in Indonesia legally valid.
If your fiancé is Muslim, the ceremony must be held at the local Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA)). The KUA will issue a Marriage Book (Buku Nikah), which is evidence of a legally valid marriage with a Muslim. A Muslim marriage ceremony does not need Civil Registration (Catatan Sipil).
Other religious ceremonies require Civil Registration. If you are a Christian, Buddhist, or Hindu you must hold the religious ceremony first, then record the marriage with the Civil Registry Office (Dinas Kependudukan or Kantor Catatan Sipil). The Civil Registry will issue a Marriage Certificate (Akte Perkawinan or Surat Nikah), which is evidence of a legally valid marriage with a non-Muslim.
Both religious and civil documentary requirements may vary from district to district. Contact the office where your marriage will take place or be registered for more information.
Please get extra official records of your marriage. There is no central repository of civil actions, including marriages, in Indonesia. So it may be impossible to obtain an official record of your marriage in the future. The U.S. government has no record of marriages that occur outside of the U.S.
Indonesian authorities require all non-Indonesian citizens to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage from their Embassy prior to marriage in Indonesia. To obtain the No Impediment to Marriage, the U.S. citizen must come personally to the Embassy and sign the Statement before a Consular Officer. The Statement can be downloaded at the following link: form and instructions (PDF 12 KB). There are two types of statements:
- I have never been married;
- All my prior marriages have been legally terminated and I have no impediments to marriage.
Please make sure you fill out the correct form.
The U.S. citizen must have an appointment for Notary service. On the appointment day and time, the U.S. citizen needs to bring his/her valid U.S. passport, any proof of previous marriage termination (if any), and the Notary fee of USD 50 (to be paid in equivalent of Indonesian Rupiah cash or credit card). The No Impediment to Marriage will be ready after the U.S. citizen and the Consular Officer sign the Statement.
To bring your spouse to the U.S. you must first file an Immigrant Petition (I-130) for him/her as soon as possible. Please see our Immigrant Visa web page.
Registering your marriage
The United States generally recognizes the validity of marriages legally registered in Indonesia. However, you cannot register your marriage in the United States through a U.S. Embassy, as marriage is a state-specific responsibility. If you would like to register your marriage in the United States, please contact the Attorney General in your state of residence for requirements. Some states may require your Indonesian marriage certificate/book to be certified. To certify an Indonesian marriage certificate/book, please have it translated into English and take both documents to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (KEMLU). Then make an appointment and bring the certified document to our office; we will authenticate the signature of the MFA officer for the appropriate fee.
For more information on marriage abroad, please visit the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs website.