Adoption Application Procedure In Sabah

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The applicant who wishes to register an adoption in Sabah must apply in the courts in accordance with the following categories: –

 

a) Native Courts only for Sabah children;
b) The High Court for non-nationals and non-native; and
c) Syariah High Court for Muslims

 

Registration of adopted children in Sabah is made based on the Adoption Ordinance 1960 (Sabah No.23 of 1960), Native Adoption Regulations 1961 and the Sabah Syariah Court Enactment 2004 and the rules of the Sabah Syariah Court (adoption and adoption practices)

– The applicant who wishes to register the Adoption must apply for the Adoption order through the Courts in Sabah, namely:

 

a) Native Courts only for Sabah children;
b) the High Court for non-nationals and non-native; and
c) Syariah High Court for Muslims

 

Application must be submitted to the Headquarters of the State Registration Department of Sabah upon obtaining an order from the Court and the qualified individual to apply is as follows: –

 

i. Adoptive parents or adoptive mother (single) or adoptive father (single)
ii. Law Firms or Legal Firm Representatives (Official Letter of Appointment from the Firm and one (1) copy of the Legal Representative’s Identity Card must be included).

– Birth certificate of the adoptive child (Original)
– Self-identification papers
– Certificate of marriage / marriage of a deceased mother / father
– Maternal / maternal identification document (Original) – If any
– Court of Adoption Order by:

 

a) Native Court
i. Letter Head
ii. Form 4 & 5

 

b) Syariah High Court
i. Letter Head
ii. Form 6

 

c) Syariah High Court
i. Letter Head
ii. Court Order
iii. Forms 11 & 12

No fees charged

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