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Marriage Overseas: Information Specific to Morocco

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 because the Aduls communicate only in Arabic.

It is also important to verify the applicable legal and religious obligations that are part of this process. Note that if the Canadian citizen wishing to enter into marriage in Morocco is a man, it is mandatory that he first convert to Islam. We remind you that the Canadian Embassy cannot perform weddings on its premises and that the only way to get married in Morocco to a Muslim Moroccan citizen is to enter into an Islamic marriage through the Aduls.

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Note that one of the things the Moroccan authorities will ask you to submit is a certificate stating there are no impediments to your marriage (also called Capacité de Mariage [eligibility to marry]). This certificate must be issued by the Canadian Embassy in Morocco, located in Rabat. At the same time, the Embassy will also issue you an Attestation de Nationalité [confirmation of nationality]. Fees in the amount of C$50 apply. In order for the Embassy to issue these documents to you, you will have to complete and sign an affidavit. You will also have to present your Canadian passport and the national card of the Moroccan citizen you intend to marry. Usually, the certificate and the Attestation will be issued to you within 48 hours.

To obtain a certificate of non-impediment to marriage issued at the Canadian Embassy in Rabat, Canadian citizens are now required to produce a sworn statement in French before a lawyer, notary or judge in Canada containing the following information:

Surname;
Given name;
Date of birth;
Place of birth;
Address (in Canada);
Marital status of the applicant;
Canadian passport number or birth certificate number;

A paragraph certifying that the Canadian citizen assumes complete responsibility for his/her future spouse for a prospective stay in Canada.

Information on the future spouse:

Surname;
Given name;
Date of birth;
Address;
Identification card number.

If the Canadian citizen is already in Morocco, he or she can complete this procedure before a Moroccan lawyer or notary. Please note that the sworn statement must be in French.

Moroccan Authorities

To complete your file with the Moroccan authorities, in addition to the Capacité de Mariage and the Attestation de Nationalité issued by the Embassy, you will also have to present a birth certificate, a statement of criminal record (or lack thereof) issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) (it is mandatory to authenticate this document at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa), a divorce certificate (if applicable) duly authenticated by DFAIT in Ottawa,, a medical certificate and a work certificate. Note that the list provided here is only a guide; additional documents may in fact be required. Therefore, we repeat that it is very important for you to confirm with the proper Moroccan authorities the precise list of required documents BEFORE you leave Canada.

We also suggest you consult the Moroccan Embassy in Canada, which can provide you with additional information.

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Date Modified:
2012-03-26