Marriage Certificate and Registration
Expats are able to get married in Kuwait. First a certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is required to confirm that you have not been married previously or that your previous marriage has been terminated legally.
You can obtain these certificates at your embassy in person where you must also show them that you have been legally resident in Kuwait for a minimum of 21 days.
Civil ceremonies take place on Sundays and Wednesdays in the Ministry of Justice Building (at the Ministries Complex, Ground Floor, Block 15, Soor Street).
You will need to take:
• Two adult male witnesses
• Original passports and photocopies (For bride, groom and witnesses)
• Civil ID's of bride, groom and witnesses
• CNI's for bride and groom
After the marriage contract has been typed in arabic, you wait your turn in front of the judge, pay your fee (less than 5KD) and you are legally married.
In order to register your marriage in your own country, you will need to get a translation and a Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation before taking all your papers to your own Embassy.
Weddings at St Paul's and the Roman Catholic churches just have to be recorded at the General Register's Office whereas weddings at the Evangelical church must also undergo a civil ceremony. In order for the marriage contract signed in a church to be recognised, it needs to be signed by a Notary at the Ministry of Justice and all the documents above must be produced.
Under Islamic law, a Muslim woman is required to marry a Muslim man, whereas a Muslim man may marry a non-Muslim. All Muslim weddings are held at the General Courts in the Palace of Justice, Fahad Al Salem Street in Kuwait City.