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Getting married in Morocco

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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!

 Useful link:

Public Service Morocco

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AhmadAzizi
AhmadAzizi
2 months ago

Last year I visited Morocco Casablanca and I liked that place very much and got impressed by their culture and hospitality since I had a short stay I couldn't meet lots of people or had a chance to make some friends. Since that visit I decided that I want to be part of that beautiful culture and people, that's why I'm posting here that I'm interested to accept a legitimate marriage proposal from a descent and educated family and of course she will be living with me here in USA and would have frequent visits to Morocco each year Innsha'Allah.

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alidwana
alidwana
last month

I just came from Morocco last week. I would say you should go to morocco several time before you get married and also make sure to know the woman very well before you get married. (Visiting her few times before marriage) my mistake was getting married right when I went there and now I regret about my fast decision and waste of money.

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AhmadAzizi
AhmadAzizi
last month

Thank you for your valuable opinion and sharing your past experiences with me.

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Truluvwins
Truluvwins
7 months ago

My fiance is Moroccan..Muslim.. I am American..Christian...we have known each other and love each other very much for 3 years..our K-1 Fiance Visa petIition was sent back to USCIS for "further" review so we want to get married in Morocco...I have read all the information I can about the steps and documents needed...I have read here of successful mixed marriages and would like to know if anyone else has had success with marriage process and realistically how much time I need to expect to take from start of to day we marry...thanks so much

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alidwana
alidwana
3 months ago

It has been 3 month since your post. So tell me did you get married to Moroccan woman yet. Share with my your experience. Thanks

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mannpapi
mannpapi
9 months ago

i want to marry in morocco , could someone tell me for how long i have to stay there and if i can send some of my papers to my future wife who isfrom morocco to start the procedures? thx

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alidwana
alidwana
last month

You need 3 weeks to get things done

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