How to get your Marriage Certificate or Marriage Registration done

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A Certificate of Marriage provides proof of marriage, social security and is useful in obtaining visas for spouses to travel together.

Hindu Marriage Act

Pre – Process requirements:

  • Address proof: passport, driving license, gas bill, ration card, voter ID
  • Proof of residence must be from the city in which the marriage is being registered.
  • Application of marriage form filled.
  • Five photographs of the couple in size 2B. Joint photo of bride and groom with signatures over such photo. 
No fee is prescribed for registration of marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act. Fee for application is Rs.5 and fee for certified copy is Rs.10.
Don't forget to carry a copy of your Wedding Invitation Card. Some Registrars ask for it!

How the Application for Marriage Certificate works

Application for marriage filled in the prescribed form with:

  • Name and Address of bridegroom and bride
  • Signature of bride and bridegroom,
  • Signature of 3 attesting witnesses present at the time of marriage along with their name and address,
  • Joint photo of bride and bridegroom with a signature over each photo should be presented to the Registrar of Marriage. 

Marriage officer will verify the contents of the application and records. He will issue a Certificate of Marriage if he is satisfied that the records produced are in accordance with the law.

Carry a pair of scissors, a fine felt-tip pen (for signing on photos), a gel pen, a ballpoint pen, a stapler, and a glue stick along
The Application Form that is available can be used for the process. However, remember to print it back-to-back, or else it's invalid.

Special Marriage Act

It applies to all irrespective of religion, caste, language.

Pre – Process requirements:

In case you are planning to apply for a certificate post/prior to your marriage, here are some points to be noted carefully for solemnising the same:

A. The parties cannot be married to anyone else, without a proper legal termination of that marriage having taken place.


B. Any one of the parties cannot be of unsound mind and incapable of giving voluntary consent to the marriage.


C. Any one of the parties can be capable of giving voluntary consent, but of unsound mind and incapable of bearing children due to the same. Those of unsound mind cannot be eligible for solemnising a marriage.


D. Those who are within the criteria of prohibited relationships are also ineligible, unless they can marry with permission according to the usage of customs or usage governing them.

Under the Special Marriage Act, the fee for solemnization of marriage is Rs.10, Rs.15 extra for solemnization in a place other than the office. Fee for notice of intended marriage is Rs 3. Fee for certified copy of certificate of marriage is Rs.2 ( all co
The Special Marriages Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, and applies also to citizens of India domiciled in the territories to which the Act extends who are in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Special Marriage Act | Process Flow

1. The bridegroom and bride should give a notice of intended marriage 30 days in advance of solemnisation along with the prescribed fees. They must have lived continuously for not less than 30 days within the jurisdiction of the Marriage Officer before giving the notice.


2. If no objections are received within 30 days from the date of notice of intended marriage, the bridegroom and bride should appear before the Marriage Officer within the next 60 days after the lapse of 30 days from such a notice along with three witnesses for solemnisation of the Marriage.

The Marriage Officer after following the prescribed procedure under the Act and rules will solemnise the marriage. If the marriage is not solemnised within 90 days from the date of notice, a fresh notice has to be issued.


3. The Marriage Officer will administer an oath in the prescribed form, solemnise the marriage and issue a certificate of marriage.


4. The bride, bridegroom and three witnesses shall sign the declaration and the certificates of marriage.


Documents Required

1. Age proof


2. Residence Proof has to be from the state where the individuals are getting married. The individuals should have lived in the city for a minimum of six months.

  • Voter ID
  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Landline bill
  • Property Bill
  • Ration Card
  • 3 witnesses who are not related to either of the marrying parties.
  • 9 photographs each.
A marriage under the Special Marriage Act can be registered in the office of the Marriage Officer in whose jurisdiction the bride or bridegroom resides

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