Marriage

Marriage in Canada

Any Moroccan national who has a resident status in Canada and that wants to establish a marriage contract in Canada acknowledged by Moroccan authorities, has to establish a Canadian civil marriage contract with the presence of two muslim male witnesses that must be mentioned in the marriage contract.

This civil marriage contract must be presented to the Consulate General within the three (3) months following its inception, it will then be forwarded by the Consulate General through official means, with an « ikh-bar » (إخبـــار) annotation, to the Officier de l’Etat Civil of the place of birth of the two spouses in order for their new status to be registered in their birth certificates.

The ikhbar (إخبـــار) process requires the following documents :
  1. One (1) "information form" (to be filled and printed) - (Any form submitted to the Consulate must necessarily be signed in front of a Consulate Officier or a Comissionner for Oaths);
  2. Civil marriage contract (original) +2 copies ;
  3. One of the following documents issued within the last 12 months, in both French and Arabic by the Bureau d’Etat Civil in the place of birth of both spouses :
One (1) birth certificate
or

One (1) full copy of the Registre de l’Etat Civil,

  1. The presence of one of the spouses (Moroccan national) with his CNIE/CIN and his Consular ID;

When the civil marriage act does not mention two Muslim witnesses, an official annotation called Ish’had (إشهاد) is added by the Consulate General.

N.B : The consulate, can, if required, issue a document «Ikh-bar» (إخبـــار) attesting that the documents pertinent to the marriage have been forwarded to the Officiersd’Etat Civil of the birth place of both spouses.
(extra  fees will be charged).


The Ish’had (إشهاد), process requires the following documents :
  1. "Information form" (please fill and print) - (Any form submitted to the Consulate must necessarily be signed in front of a Consulate Officier or a Comissionner for Oaths);
  2. Civil marriage contract (original)+2 copies ;
  3. One of the following documents issued within the last 12 months, in both French and Arabic by the Bureau d’Etat Civil in the place of birth of both spouses :
One (1) birth certificate
ou bien

One (1) full copy of the Registre de l’Etat Civil,
  1. The presence of one of the spouses (Moroccan national) with his CNIE/CIN and his Consular ID,
    or
    An identification document with a photo for non-Moroccan nationals (passport, driving license,…) ;
  2. The presence of two (2) male Muslim witnesses that have attended the spouses’ wedding ceremony, along their identification documents with a photo.
  3. The legalized signature of the two witnesses before a Consulate officer on the « ish-had » (إشهاد) document.
  4. « Fees » must be paid in cash or by bank order made payable to the « Consulate of Morocco ». Money orders from Canada Post, Western Union or Money Transfer as well as personalized cheques are not accepted.

This ish-had (إشهاد) document will be annexed to the civil marriage act and submitted by the Consulate General to the First Instance Moroccan Court in Rabat, Morocco. Once these two documents are approved, they will be forwarded to the Officier d’Etat Civil of the place of birth of both spouses to register their new status on the birth certificate. Henceforth, the civil marriage contract becomes valid and acknowledged.

For further information, you may read articles 14 and 15  of the new family Code (moudawanat al ousra).


Mixed Mariage in Moroco

In order to establish a marriage contract in Morocco (while being a non-Moroccan national) you are required to present the following documents issued within three months and translated in Arabic by a certified translator.
  1. A marriage request in Arabic, addressed to the Moroccan Family Court (the court must be in the city where the marriage contract will be established);
  2. Passport + one (1) photocopy of the page mentioning the date of entry in Morocco (proof of presence in Morocco) ;
  3. Four (4) recent color photos (passport format 35mmx45mm);
  4. One (1) Birth certificate with the full lineage (full names of parents);
  5. Certificate of legal capacity for marriage (Attestation de Capacite de Mariage) issued by the Canadian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco -Or the Embassy of the country of birth of the concerned spouse;
  6. Confirmation of nationality (attestation de nationalite) issued by the Canadian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco- or the Embassy of the country of birth of the concerned spouse;
  7. A statement of criminal records (or lack thereof) issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ;
  8. One (1) medical certificate asserting the absence of any contagious disease;
  9. For male fiancés: a certified copy of the act of conversion to Islam or any other document proving his Islamic confession;
  10. For female fiancée: a certified copy of the act of conversion to Islam or any other document proving her Islamic, Jewish or Christian faith;
  11. Certificate justifying his profession as well as his income;
  12. Copy of the act of the divorce or the final judgment of the divorce, authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa -or the Embassy of the country of birth of the concerned spouse- ;
  13. Certificate stating the death of the previous spouse (for widowed individuals);

We recommend that any Canadian citizen wishing to get married in Morocco under Islamic law first find out from the appropriate Moroccan authorities (the Aduls) about the procedures to follow, the documents required in the process and any applicable fees. We strongly suggest Canadian citizens ask their future spouse to help them in this process with the Aduls (Muslim notaries).

Please take note that further documents may be required by the Canadian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. Kindly consult the following pages for further information :
  • Canadian Government website www.cic.gc.ca - section ‘’Marriage overseas’’
  • Canadian Embassy in Rabat www.rabat.gc.ca - Phone: + 212 537 68 74 00 / Fax: + 212 537 68 74 30