How to apply for marriage certificate
WHAT IS MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
A Marriage Certificate is a certificate that proves relation between husband and wife. Marriage certificate is issued by district marriage registrar, as per religious marriage and special marriage acts.
MARRIAGE REGISTRATION ACTS
Currently there are two marriage registration acts under which marriage certificate is issued :
1 The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 : When marriage is already solemnized where Husband and Wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jain or Sikhs or when they are converted into any of these religions, they will be considered under these registation Act.
2 The Special Marriage Act, 1954 : Whereas, this act lay down the procedure for both solemnization and registration of marriage certificate where either of the party or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jain or Sikhs.
This certificate can be presented at many places such as passport office, court, Bank, insurance offices, etc. to prove bride and bridegroom were married on particular date.
PROCEDURE FOR MARRIAGE REGISTRATION
• Fill the online marriage registration form, by providing the required documents.
• Booking an appointment at marriage register office.
• Once you confirm with us we will book an appointment at register (the date you choose will be after 1 month) office where you have to give your single visit with 3 Witnesses and their documents.
• Get the Marriage Registration Certificate in 1 month
Under Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
• Fill the online form.
• Book an appointment, visit Registrar office(SRO) with 3 witnesses at the time of registration.
• Submit the application with all the required documents and get a marriage certificate.
Under Special Marriage Act 1954
• Bride and Bridegroom should give a notice of intending a marriage 30 days in advance to marriage registration officer.
• No objection should be raised within these 30 days timing, Parties can Appear within next 30 days of time period in front of marriage officer for solemnization with 3 witnesses. If the couple didn’t not marry within 90 days of solemnization of marriage, they will have to start the procedure again.
• Marriage office will administer the oath and solemnize the marriage by issuing the certificate
• Once the declaration and certificate is signed with parties and witness we are done with the process.
Under Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936
•A form is filled with the details of Bride and bridegroom with 2 witness and certificate of marriage is issued by a priest.
•Along with prescribed marriage certificate fees need to be send to marriage officer.
•Marriage will be recorded with Registrar.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR MARRIAGE REGISTRATION
Along with the online filled form we need to attach following documents
1. Age proof of Husband (Anyone of the following)
•SSC Exam Certificate
•Civil Surgeon Certificate
2. Age proof of Wife (Anyone of the following)
•SSC Exam Certificate
•Civil Surgeon Certificate
3. Residential Proof (Anyone of the following)
•Registered Rent Agreement
4. Marriage Proof
•Marriage Invitation Card
•Marriage Photo with 2 Passport size photo of husband and wife is compulsory
•Aadhaar Card or Any Id Card
•Passport size photo
Note : The documents set of Original with one xerox copy one should carry with them for registrar office visit.
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY FOR APPLYING MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
•The parties should be more than 21 years of age for males and 18 years for females.
•The parties must have lived for at least one month in the district where marriage is to be registered.
•There should not be more than one spouse of any of the parties at the time of marriage under Hindu Marriage Act, while according to Special Marriage Act it is allowed.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
A Marriage Certificate is an official statement that establishes marital status of the couple.
It is an important document, which one can rely upon to prove that they are legally married to someone, and for various other purposes like
•Changing one’s maiden name.
•Opening a bank account.
•Obtaining a passport or visa.
•Applying for an income certificate.
•To claim insurance amount.
•To claim assets if your name is mentioned in will with relationship and among other things.
WHAT PURPOSE DOES MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE SERVE
The reason behind the marriage registration is being compulsory is to make society strong by
•Giving both parties (husband and wife) equal rights.
•For availing the right of heritage.
•Restricting child marriage.
•Avoiding the fraud cases of marriages.
OFFENCES AND PENALTIES OF MARRIAGE REGISTRATION?
Any Person destroying, tampering with or dishonestly or fraudulently altering the registrar will be punished with imprisonment upto Five years and/ or fine of Rs. Five Thousand.
Question1 If you are staying in different cities than the city where you have married, then where can you issue the certificate from?
Answer You can issue the marriage certificate check here from the new city as well just insure that you have to have residential proof of at least 1 month of the new address along with the address of the bride before marriage.
Question2 Do I need to visit marriage Registrar Office?
Answer Yes, After filling the draft there will be one visit at SRO where all the members need to be present. Registrar might ask some questions for their verification.
Question 3 What if we are delayed to register a marriage after years of marriage date, is there any late fees?
Answer As of now there is no provision for Late Fees in many states, some states has Rs 250 per year penalty for late registration. As per Supreme Court order for registration of marriage need to be done within 60 days
Question 4 What is the validity of the Marriage certificate?
Answer Till the couple remains in the relationship the marriage certificate is valid.
Question 5 In Case of Nikahnama is in Urdu what to do?
Answer In Case both the parties are Muslim in religion and Nikahnama is in Urdu it needed to be translated in English.
Question 6 If Husband and Wife are of different religion what precautions needed to taken care of?
Answer Marriage between two people of different religions are growing everyday, as new generation is looking beyond their faith. If husband or wife is converting himself or herself and adopting religion of spouse, they should provide the documents which gives information about their conversion. That marriage will be register under Special Marriage Act 1954.
Question 7 What cares should be taken while making a Marriage Registration Certificate?
Answer Provide the correct documents, which should specify the correct information of you and your spouse like - Name, Address, Age, Religion, Marital Status, Marriage Location, Date of Marriage, etc.
Question 8 What if we have corrections to be done in the Marriage Registration Certificate?
Answer There is no need to pay hefty amount just Apply with an application to same register office where you have already registered your certificate.
Question 9 How can a Foreigner marry an Indian Citizen?
Answer This Marriage is governed by Special Marriage Act 1954 as it might come under different religions of both husband and wife.
Documents needed for Online marriage certificate in India between an Indian and a foreign citizen under the Special Marriage Act:
Birth certificate for both parties (in English)
Passport for foreign citizen
The foreign party will need a visa for more than 30 days
Proof of address (for indian citizen)
Certificate of No Impediment/ Single Status Marriage Certificate
Passport sized photographs