Friday, April 1, 2016

Our Process to ROM

ROM - Registration of marriage. A compulsory step for to-be-married couples (of Malaysian citizens) to register their marriage legally. The steps may seem simple, but it varies. I mean, for my fiance and I, it was not easy, since we both are from different states, working at about 600km apart and we are attached busy with work. So after a month delay from our initial plan, we both finally took a day break from work and just went for it. We were clueless of what we needed to do, so came this post to help you couples in this ROM.

Note that this post only covers the steps for non-muslim couples of different states, like my fiance and I. For more info, refer here or your nearest Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) office.

So, our story went like this.

1) My fiance and I went to JPN office (Kota Kinabalu branch) located at Jalan UMS, Likas at about 9am, on Monday. By the time we got there, the parking space in front of the building was already packed, and people were busy going in and out the building.

2) Went up the 4th floor (Bahagian Perkahwinan & Penceraian) and took a number ticket. It only took about a minute before we got called to the counter.

3) Were given a form (JPN.KC02) and fill out the required details of both applicants. Things required: A passport photo each (with blue background), a copy of each other's IC/MyKad and birth certificate.

As we did not prepare the necessary documents, we headed down to the lobby. Outside the lift, there will be a group of men offering passport photo taking service. Alternatively, you can go inside the Passport Unit just on the right, front side of the lobby, where they provide the service of passport photo and photocopy. Passport photos will cost RM12 for 4 pieces, and about RM1 per copy for IC and other documents (front and back).

We choose the express approval which takes only 7 days for our application to be approved. Both of us work at different states, so it is not easy to take a day off work and travel to one place, on weekdays especially. The fiance is more keen on driving rather than taking the plane, and has to drive 8 hours to KK from Bintulu. If we chose the other way, the fiance had to travel back to Kuching to submit another form to be displayed at the JPN office there. Only after 21 days and with no objection from any party, the solemnisation would be carried out at the chosen JPN office.

4) For express approval, we were required to go to Kota Kinabalu court to get our form approved by the Commisioner for Oaths (Pesuruhjaya Sumpah). Just had to pay a fee of RM4.

5) Then, we headed back to the JPN office to submit the form and the documents. Also, filled and submitted a form to show reason for express application.

All these were done in 3 hours. Tired, ok! But thank God the fiance was there :)

6) Waited for the call from JPN.

7) Got the call on Thursday (the same week). That fast!

8) Book a slot at the JPN office for the solemnisation day. Currently, solemnisation is only done on Tuesdays and Thursday at JPN office, KK.

9) Getting ready for the DAY!

Guide for ROM

For application conditions, you can refer here. In case you're lazy to open another link, I've attached them here, simplified for you.
1. Need to submit the application in person to the JPN office.
2. The place of application is based on the address in MyKad.
3. The applicant must recide in the district where the marriage will take place for at least 7 days + 1 day after submitting the application.
4. ROM shall take place after 21 days + 1 day, and valid for 6 months.
5. For express approval, the process will take about 7 days, and valid for 1 month upon application.
Remember to:
  1. Prepare all the things/documents (photos and copies of IC and birth cert) ahead as they will not accept any excuse of unprepared document.
  2. Bring respective IC.
  3. Make sure to complete the form given with all the details required, in capital letters.
  4. Go to JPN early (around 8.00 - 8.30am) to avoid crowd, traffic jams and/or long queue.
  5. Fees: RM 4 for approval at the court. RM100 for the form and RM 20 for the marriage certificate; to be paid after the marriage solemnisation.
On the solemnisation of the marriage:
  1. Bring two witnesses (family/relatives/friends) aged above 21 years old.
  2. Remind them to bring their IC.
  3. Dress neatly and decently (T-shirt, jeans, flipflops/selipar jepun, short pants are not allowed).
  4. Enjoy and take photos!
Next post will be on the solemnisation day. Stay tuned! :D


  1. Omg ! Thank you for this because i am sooo excited about getting there. Thanks for the info ☺️

  2. Omg thank you for this. An answer to all the questions in my head ☺️