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If you want to get married in Morocco, there are different steps and a variety of procedures to follow. These can be quite simple or long and tedious, depending on your nationality. You must seek information from your consulate or embassy as well as with the Moroccan authorities before proceeding.

Types of marriages in Morocco

The procedures vary greatly depending on your nationality and can be fairly simple or quite tedious. Check the requirements before making any plans, as the process may be lengthier than expected for some nationalities. For example, the procedures for a non-Moroccan to marry a Moroccan are quite tedious, and two Americans cannot marry one another legally in an embassy abroad. However, marriages in embassies of some sub-Saharan African countries take less time to apply for. You can also consider getting legally married in your country of nationality, and then celebrating the marriage in Morocco.

Procedures

First of all, you must obtain a certificate of legal capacity to marry. This document is essential, regardless of your nationality. To obtain it, you must provide several documents to your consulate in Morocco, including your criminal record, proof of residence such as bills, a complete copy of your birth certificate, proof of citizenship, copies of your passport, and passport size photos. Proof of address or proof of accommodation may be requested.

Regardless of your nationality, you and your spouse will next need to produce a birth certificate, a residence certificate, a certificate proving that you are not already married, a copy of a national identity card, and a passport size photo. When you apply for a marriage certificate, you will receive a questionnaire to complete, as well as a booklet on marriage. These documents can be delivered to your embassy or consulate.

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If you are marrying a Moroccan citizen, your consulate or embassy will proceed with the publication of bans which will determine that there is no objection to your marriage. The bans will be published in your country of residence at the nearest town hall to your home for 10 days. However, procedures can be longer. You may receive your certificate of legal capacity to marry after two months.

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You may be interviewed along with your future spouse in order to determine the true nature of your wedding, particularly if marrying a Moroccan citizen.

Celebrating the marriage

To be married on Moroccan territory to a Moroccan citizen, you must obtain permission from local authorities. To do so, you must make a request to the Prosecutor of the King. You should first consult the Adoul, or officiant, who will officiate your wedding. Once your file is up, you will go to the family court again before the public prosecutor, and to the prefecture of police will inquire about your marriage application. If you are marrying a citizen of another country, this step will not be necessary.

Once these formalities are completed, you will get the approval of the family court (or the embassy, for non-Moroccans) for your wedding.  At this point, you can finally begin planning the party!

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