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Public Registry

The Public Registry was set up on the 3rd August 1889 although the records date back to 1863. Until recently, the Public Registry was housed at Merchants Street at the "Palazzo della Città" or as it was also known, the "Consolato del Mare", "Banca Giuratale" or "Palazz Muniċipali". It has recently been moved to the Evans Building in the same street.

Records kept at the Public Registry include births, marriages and deaths including annotations to the mentioned certificates which may arise during one's lifetime. Certificates of the above are issued accordingly on request.

Civil Status Section

This section caters for the issuance of certificates being birth, civil union, marriage or death. Free Status certificates are also issued in order to establish the status of the person.

Certified extract copies and Full Certificates can be obtained from this Office at a fee of € 2.50 and € 9.95 respectively. Free Status Certificates fee is € 5.15.

Furthermore, one can obtain such certificates from this site at a discounted price. Please note that postage fees must be paid if such certificates are to be sent abroad.

Marriage Registry

The Marriage Registry was established on the 12th August 1975, the year in which the Marriage Act was enacted. The Act regulates all marriages in the Maltese Islands and also introduced civil marriages.

The process as regards formalities in preparation for marriage is as follows:

Religious Marriages

Two or three months prior to the marriage date, the couple should make a request for the publication of marriage banns at the Public Registry. To avoid queuing, couples are requested to call for an appointment on telephone number 25904 200 / 25904 212 -7.

The couple should provide:

  • Birth certificates (In case of applicants whose birth is not registered at the Malta Public Registry);
  • Identity cards and copies thereof; and
  • A photocopy of the identity cards of the witnesses.

The Marriage Registrar should be given the following information:

  • The church or place where the marriage will be held;
  • The date of marriage;
  • The name and surname of the priest who will celebrate the marriage ceremony; and
  • 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 are 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.

After the Nuptial Mass, together with the witnesses and the priest who administered the Marriage Sacrament, the couple should sign their Marriage Certificate; the bride should sign using her maiden surname, or if she is widowed, her late husband’s surname.

Maltese nationals who plan to marry foreigners or persons who have lived abroad for a period of time, should request more information from the Marriage Registrar.

Those couples who are getting married in Gozo should apply for their marriage banns at the Marriage Registry in Victoria, Gozo. (Call on telephone number 2215 6380.)

Marriages can take place on board Maltese Registered Cruise Liners. Marriage has also been delegated to Local Council Mayors. One has to apply at the Marriage Registry for these types of marriages.

Civil Marriages
The Marriage Registry provides also services for Civil Marriages. Those couples who opt for a Civil Marriage have to satisfy the same obligations and formalities requested for a religious marriage.

A Civil Marriage may take place at:
Other Services offered by the Marriage Registry
  • Registration of all marriages which have taken place abroad where at least one of the married couple is a Maltese national;
  • As regards women who have completed procedures for Legal Separation, the Marriage Registry annotates the change to their maiden surname;
  • Legitimation of children born out of wedlock, when the parents marry each other.

Land Valuation and Decontrol Office

Customers (or their legal representative) are to fill in a prescribed form which is obtained from this Section as stipulated in Article 3 of the Housing (Decontrol) Ordinance of 1959. The form is to be submitted together with deed of acquisition of property together with other relative documents (if applicable). After the necessary verification from the staff of this section, an order of Decontrol is issued. A certificate of Decontrol can also be issued on request after the issuance of the Order of Decontrol.

Land Valuation Office incorporates the property registered between 1939 and 1948. The registration took place because of the War Damage Fund. This section is used mainly by Notaries for research.

Annotations Section

This Section annotates and corrects the Registry Files (which are copy of the original act), following Court sentences to this effect. The annotation or correction may be included in the birth, marriage or death certificate which are referred to as the "Acts of Civil Status". This annotation may lead to correction of the original certificate.

This section is also responsible for the registration of local adoptions, foreign divorces, annulments of marriages, and public deeds. It is entrusted also with the acknowledgments and legitimation of children.

Registration Section

The section basically registers all acts of civil status (i.e. births, marriages and deaths) both local and foreign. Each act is thoroughly checked for any mistake, processed and registered on a regular basis. All acts are registered in a few days, always making sure that all details entered are correct. The Section also sees to registration of the foreign acts of civil status pertain to Maltese citizens who were born, married or died abroad. Verifications of the veracity of all details are done with the public registry computer database system and the common database.

All acts have to be signed by the public registry legal officer and the notifications manager in the specific allotted space on all the acts of civil status.

All details are also recorded manually in the register index books of birth, marriage and death.

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