Malta Civil Registration

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Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Public Registry
Evans Building
Merchants Street
Valletta VLT 2000
Telephone: (356) 2590 4200
Website: Order Online

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The Registration Section records births, marriages, civil unions, and deaths, both local and foreign. Each act is assigned a number, starting with the first act recorded each year, through the end of the year. The Civil Status Section of the Public Registry issues certificates for births, marriages, civil unions, and deaths. These are issued by request directly, or through a website, The Archives preserve all the records of births, marriages, and deaths.[1]

The Marriage Registry receives requests for Publication of Banns for marriages and civil unions between three months and six weeks prior to the union. It also registers marriages of Maltese nationals abroad. It initiates the annotation of birth records when an illegitimate birth is subsequently legitimized by marriage.[1]

National Library of Malta
36 Old Treasury Street
VLT 1410
Telephone: 21236585 / 21243297
Website: Facebook page

Central Public Library
Profs Joseph J. Mangion Street
Floriana, Malta
FRN 1800
Telephone: 21240703 / 21243473 / 21224044
Website: Facebook page

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Records are available beginning in 1863 at Public Registry. Vital registration in Malta is considered comprehensive.[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Records of births, marriages, civil unions, deaths, and adoptions are kept by the Public Registry. The Public Registry was organized in 1889 and holds records from as far back as 1863.[1] Vital registration is considered comprehensive. There are no separate divorce records; divorce information is included onto marriage certificates.[3]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

  • Births – name; hour, day, month, year, and place of birth; sex; name; surname; name of father, profession, trade, or other status, age, place of birth and of residence of the father, name of mother, place of birth and of residence of the mother, and of the person making the declaration; if the mother of the child was a widow before her marriage to the father of the child, the name and surname of her former husband is also stated; name and surname of the father of each of the parents of the child stating whether each is alive or dead.
  • Marriages – name of bride and of groom, date of marriage, and church, chapel or other place where the marriage took place; name, surname, profession, trade, or other status of each of the parents of the bride and of the groom, stating whether they are alive or dead; age, place of birth, residence, first or second marriage, occupation, citizenship, religion, names of witnesses; declaration as to the solemnization of the marriage signed by both groom and bride and by the parish priest or other clergyman by whom the marriage was solemnized; divorce information, if the couple got divorced.
  • Deaths – name of the deceased, date of death, time, place of death, cause of death, residence, birthplace, age, occupation, religion, citizenship, marital status, spouses' name; name and surname of each of the parents of the deceased stating whether they are alive or dead; and the place where the deceased was or will be buried.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Public Registry," ( : accessed 28 April 2015), path: Main » MHAS Departments » Land and Public Registry » Public Registry.
  2. Thomas Jay Kemp, “International Vital Records Handbook, 5th Edition,” Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore : 2009.
  3. Thomas Jay Kemp, “International Vital Records Handbook, 5th Edition,” Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore : 2009.