What is a Marriage Certificate and why is it needed?
A Marriage Certificate is a proof of a marriage that issued by the government authority, after the registration of marriage. In India, Marriages can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
To obtain marriage certificate, the groom must be over 21 years of age and the bride must be over 18 years of age. In 2006, The Supreme Court of India made it mandatory to register all marriages in India.
Marriage Certificate proves that you are legally married to someone. It is required many time like obtaining a passport, during divorce proceedings, opening a bank account with a new surname post-wedding, changing your maiden name, etc. When you apply for a visa, many embassies demand a copy of marriage certificate so this certificate is a very important document for you.
Documents required for Marriage Registration:
For marriage registration and obtain a marriage certificate, below documents, are required that must be self-attested. The documents can be divided into three categories – 1. Marriage Proof 2. Identity & Address Proof and 3. Age Proof. These documents must be provided by both, the bride and the groom.
- For Marriage Proof: You need Wedding Invitation and Temple Marriage Receipts
- For Identity & Address Proof: You need Employee ID Card, Ration Card, Driving License, Aadhar Card, Passport or Visa.
- For Age Proof: You need Birth Certificate, School/College Certificate, Passport
In addition to the above, 4 passport size photograph for the bride and 4 passport size photograph for the bridegroom and 5”*3” size couple photos also needed.
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The application form available free of cost at the District Magistrate Office. The form shall be duly filled by the bride and groom and submitted to the Registrar of marriage.
The registrar shall issue a one-month notice to the Registrar of marriages of both the brides and the groom’s home districts and to their parents for any claims and objections.
A copy of the notice is also posted on the notice board.
If no claims or objections are received within the one-month period, the Registrar registers the marriage under the Marriage Act in the presence of both the bride and the grooms, and 3 witnesses.
The Marriage Certificate is then issued to the couple.
For Online Marriage Registration:
For online registration of your marriage, please visit www.marrigeregistration.com. Fill all required details like husband’s details, wife details, witness details, and delivery address details and click on the Submit button to submit this Application. The person who registers would receive a token number and reference number. With the help of the token number, you can open your form and enter your required document details. In the given place, upload couple’s photo. You can take a printout of your application. With the help of the token number you can check the status of your certificate.
In case of Hindu Marriage Act, you can get the appointment within 15 days of the online registration, however, in the case of Special Marriage Act, it might take up-to 60 days.
You can also approach your nearest Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildars office/Revenue Department/District Collectors Office. They should be able to guide you in the right direction and make sure you have all the documents that are listed under the required documents section of this page.
Difference between Marriage License and Marriage Certificate:
A marriage license is an application to be married. It authorizes you to get married and a marriage certificate is a document that proves you are married.