Procedure for Marriage Certificate

The marriage certificate is an official statement that two people are married. In India, Marriages can be registered either under the Hindu marriage Act, 1955 or under the special marriage Act, 1954. It is legal proof that you are married and most vital document of a marriage, in 2006, the Supreme Court made it compulsory to register the marriage for woman protection. It is most important in order to get a passport, visa, bank account etc.

Benefits of Marriage Certificate:

  • The Marriage Certificate is required while opening a bank or for passport application account after the wedding
  • Extremely helpful in obtaining visas for both husband and wife
  • Marriage Certificate Enables a spouse in claiming life insurance return or bank deposits in case of demise of the Insurer or depositor without any nominee
  • As the foreign embassies in India as well as in countries outside India, do not recognize traditional marriages, the Marriage Certificate is mandatory for the couple to travel abroad using a spouse visa. Means is mandatory for a couple

Document required for apply Marriage Certificate:

  1. Completely filled application form signed by both husband and wife
  2. Under U/S 16 of Special Marriage act 1954, application should be given in 30 days advance
  3. 1 marriage photograph of both husband and wife
  4. Separate marriage affidavits in prescribed format from Husband & Wife
  5. Aadhar card required for identity
  6. Marriage invitation card of husband and wife
  7. In case of non-availability of wedding card, Rs 100=00 stamp paper affidavit of both husband wife and three witnesses are required
  8. Age proof – For husband and wife both in which they can use leaving certificate, birth certificate, domicile, school certificate or passport
  9. Address Proof – For husband bride and wife both in which they can use copy of ration card, voter id card or any bill with their name
  10. Photos – For husband and groom both in passport size and together after marriage
  11. Photo Copy – All documents photocopy with attested from government officer
  12. For Divorcee – Divorce certificate photo coy in attested
  13. For Widow – Death certificate for their husband/wife

Offline procedure to apply for Marriage Certificate:

  1. For Marriage Registration under Hindu Act: You can apply at office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate
  2. Fill the Application form duly signed by both husband and wife
  3. Verification of all the documents is carried out on the date of application and a day is fixed for the appointment and communicated to the parties for registration
  4. On the said day, both parties, along with a Gazetted Officer who attended their marriage, need to be present before the ADM. The Certificate is issued on the same day

Offline application form for applying Marriage Certificate:

  1. Offline application forms for all state in India is available at this following website:

Online procedure to apply for Marriage Certificate:

  1. Visit the online official website of respective state
  2. Select your district and continue
  3. Fill in husband’s details and choose “Registration of Marriage Certificate”
  4. Fill in Marriage Certificate form and choose date of appointment
  5. Click “Submit Application”
  6. You will be allotted a temporary number that will be found printed on the acknowledgment slip and application form is done
  7. Take a printout of acknowledgment slip as well

Appointment for Marriage Certificate:

  1. In case of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 you need to take 15 days before appointment
  2. In case of Special Marriage Act, 1954 you need to take 60 days before appointment

Witness for Marriage Certificate:

  1. Any person who has attended the wedding of the couple can be a witness and must have a PAN Card and a Proof of Residence

Charges for Marriage Certificate:

  1. Rs 100/- in case of Hindu Marriage Act
  2. Rs 150/- in case of Special Marriage Act Deposit the fees with the cashier of the District and attach the receipt with the application form

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