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Marriage registration is a legal document registering the marriage between a bride and a groom. A marriage certificate A marriage certificate can prove to be useful while applying for many other government documents after marriage like PAN, Passport, and Visa. This article will focus on the offline procedure that needs to be followed for the registration process.



Marriage Registration in India

You have to register yourself as married couple and you get a writtten legal certificate stating the same. This certificate contains the following :-

  1. passport sized photographs of the candidates,
  2. their names,
  3. their current residential address,
  4. their father’s name,
  5. date of marriage,
  6. place of marriage,
  7. date of registration,
  8. serial number of registration,
  9. act under which the marriage is registered,
  10. stamp of the registrar,
  11. stamp of the register office.

There are two acts under which already solemnized marriages get registered. These are namely, The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and The Special Marriage Act, 1954.

The Hindu Marriage act passed in 1955 is applicable in cases where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs or where they have converted into any of these religions.

The Special Marriage Act passed in 1954 is applicable In cases where either of the husband or wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs.

For Marriage registration , you need to go to the office of Additional Divisional Magistrate in whose jurisdiction any of the husband or wife resides,  on any working day. You should be present with the following documents :-

  1. Hindu /Special marriage Application form duly signed by both husband and wife.
  2. Hindu/Special marriage Documentary evidence of date of birth of parties (Matriculation Certificate / Passport / Birth Certificate) Minimum age of both parties is 21 years at the time of registration under the Special Marriage Act.
  3. Residential proof of husband and wife
  4. In case of Special Marriage Act, documentary evidence regarding stay in Delhi of the parties for more than 30 days (ration card or report from the concerned SHO).
  5. Hindu marriage Affidavit by both the parties stating place and date of marriage, date of birth, marital status at the time of marriage and nationality.
  6. Two Hindu/Special marriage passport size photographs of both the parties and one marriage photograph.
  7. Marriage invitation Hindu marriage card, if available.
  8. Hindu marriage If marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required who solemnized the marriage.
  9. 10/- in case of Hindu Marriage Act and Rs.15/- in case of Special Marriage Act to be deposited with the cashier of District and the receipt should be attached with the application form.
  10. Affirmation that the parties are not related to each other within the prohibited degree of relationship as per Hindu Marriage Act or Special Marriage Act as the case may be.
  11. Attested copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.
  12. In case one of the parties belong to other than Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh religions, a conversion certificate from the priest who solemnized the marriage (in case of Hindu Marriage Act).
  13. In case one of the parties is a foreign national, no objection certificate/marital Status certificate from the concerned embassy.
    NOTE – All documents excluding receipt should be attested by a Gazetted Officer.

Marriage certificate applicants are required to take a witness along with them.  A Witness can be anyone who is the holder of an Aadhaar card or PAN card or other acceptable proof as per the Government guidelines. The witness should preferably not be an immediate blood relative and should have attended the marriage.

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