Marriage certificate is a document issued by the government under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The certificate is proof that two individuals are married.

How to Apply for a Marriage Certificate?

In India, there are two ways to get your marriage registered. You can either apply online or offline for a marriage certificate.

Process for Applying a Marriage Certificate Online:

  • Head to the official site of the state government or Union Territory (UT) in which you want your marriage to be registered.
  • Once you’ve located the portal of your home state or UT, find an option that reads “marriage registration”. Hit the “Apply Now” button.
  • You will now see ‘FORM D’. You’ll need to fill out that form carefully on the portal itself and then upload the required documents.
  • Some payment will also be required. It won’t be much, so make the necessary payments and complete the procedure.
  • After making the payment, you will be able to download the filled application form. The next step is similar to the offline procedure. You will be given a date on which you’ll have to come with your spouse and three witnesses.
  • So on that date, reach the office on time and ensure that you carry a printed copy of Form D and various other documents.
  • The registrar or whoever is sitting in the office will ask you to sign all the documents and certificates there and then. The registration process also attracts a payment, so ensure you carry cash.
  • Once the relevant authorities have verified your details, the marriage registration certificate will be issued to you and it will arrive within two weeks.

Process for Applying a Marriage Certificate Offline:

  • Grab an application form from your nearest marriage registrar office.
  • Carefully fill up the application form and enter all the details required, including passport size photographs.
  • Now, you’ll need to submit the duly filled application form, along with attested documents to the marriage registrars office. The documents will then be verified by the respective authorities.
  • After that, the registrar will allocate a day on which you’ll have to come with your spouse and three witnesses to sign the registered certificate.
  • It is your duty to arrive on time on the allotted date, along with your spouse and three witnesses.
  • After signing and stamping the document in the presence of the officer, you will be issued an original, stamped marriage certificate in under two weeks.
  • However, the registration could be delayed if the registrar’s office has two many applications. That is exactly why a lot of people these days go with online mode.

Process to Apply for Tatkal Marriage Certificate

There is a provision for tatkal marriage registration on payment to encourage registration of marriages in cases of urgency on a priority basis.

With a minor variation, the process is similar to the standard procedure. Both the husband and wife must go to the SDM office with all the required documents, including properly signed forms, address proofs, proof of date of births, passport-sized photographs, separate marriage affidavits from both husband and wife, invitation card, and Aadhaar Card.

The fees for the Tatkal Marriage Certificate Scheme must be paid by the couple. The pair will be given an appointment to appear before the SDM shortly after paying the fees. A few questions will be asked by the SDM. After this procedure is completed, the couple will be given two certificates, one for the husband and one for the wife.

The tatkal marriage registration process is limited to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain marriages. Marriages between Muslims, Christians, and people of other religions cannot be registered under this law; instead, they must register their marriages under the Special Marriage Act, which takes 30 days.

Marriage Certificate
Marriage Certificate Format

Eligibility Criteria

You will be issued a marriage certificate only if:

  • You or your spouse is a citizen of India.
  • Both of you are at the legal marriage age, which is 18 years or more for females and 21 years or more for males.
  • You or your spouse can’t be in pre-existing marriage unless the previous partner is no longer alive or are legally separated from them at the time of registration of marriage.

Marriage Registration Acts

Currently, there ​are two marriage registration acts mentioned in the Indian marriage code of conduct:

Hindu Marriage Act, 1955: If both you and your spouse are either Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, or Sikhs, or if you were converted to any of these religions then the Hindu Marriage Act,1955 applies.

Special Marriage Act, 1954: If either one of you or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, or Sikhs then the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act of 1954.

Documents Required

  1. Identity Proof
  2. Address Proof
  3. Age Proof
  4. An application form signed and filed by both husband and wife
  5. An Affidavits specifying the date and place of marriage, marital status at the time of marriage, date of birth and nationality
  6. 2 passport-sized photographs (one for each party)
  7. 1 marriage photograph capturing both husband and wife
  8. Certificate from Priest of marriage solemnized at a religious place
  9. Divorce Decree in case of divorce
  10. Death Certificate of the spouse, in case of widow/widower
  11. ID Proof and passport-sized photographs of 3 witnesses (preferably those who were present at the marriage)
  12. Late affidavit ( in case application is submitted after 90 days of Marriage)

Documents Required for Identity Proof

  1. Aadhaar Card
  2. PAN Card
  3. Ration Card with Photo
  4. Voter ID Card
  5. Passport
  6. Driving License
  7. Any Govt. recognized document

Documents Required for Address Proof

  1. Aadhaar Card
  2. Voter ID Card
  3. Driving License
  4. Passport
  5. Ration Card
  6. Rent Agreement (Registered )
  7. Bank Passbook
  8. Electricity Bill
  9. Water Bill
  10. Telephone Bill(Landline or Postpaid)
  11. Gas Bill
  12. Any Govt. recognized document

Documents Required for Age Proof

  1. Aadhaar Card (Verified DoB)
  2. Passport
  3. Driving License
  4. Birth Certificate
  5. SSC from the recognized board by Government
  6. Nursing home/Hospital Report/Vaccination
  7. CMO / Doctor Report
  8. Certificate from School signed by Principal on School Letterhead

Importance of a Marriage Certificate

A marriage certificate is a legal document that specifies the couple’s marital status. It is a vital record that can be used to verify that you are lawfully married to another, as well as for reasons such as:

  • To change your maiden name
  • To obtain a passport or visa
  • To open a bank account
  • To obtain an income certificate
  • To obtain an insurance amount
  • To claim assets in the case of a will with a relative, and more.

Purpose of a Marriage Certificate

The aim of making marriage registration mandatory is to strengthen society.

  • Fair treatment for all parties (husband and wife).
  • For the purpose of claiming the heritage right.
  • Putting a stop to child marriage.
  • Keeping marriages safe from fraud.

Following is a list of government websites where you can apply for a marriage certificate online:

Sr. No.StateOnline Portal
1Andhra PradeshOfficial Portal of Andhra Pradesh
2Arunachal Pradeshe-Services Portal of Arunachal Pradesh
2Assame-District Services Portal of Assam
3BiharRTPS Portal of Bihar
4Chhattisgarhe-district Portal of Chhattisgarh
5GoaOnline Portal of Goa
6GujaratDigital Gujarat Portal of Gujarat
7Haryanae-Disha Portal of Haryana
8Himachal Pradeshe-District Portal of Himachal Pradesh
9JharkhandJharSewa Portal of Jharkhand
10KarnatakaNadakacheri-AJSK Portal of Karnataka
11KeralaAkshaya Portal of Kerala
12Madhya Pradeshe-District Portal of Madhya Pradesh
13MaharashtraAaple Sarkar Portal of Maharashtra
14Manipure-District Portal of Manipur
15Meghalayae-District Portal of Meghalaya
16Mizorame-District Portal of Mizoram
17Nagalande-District Portal of Nagaland
18Odishae-District Portal of Odisha
19PunjabState Portal of Punjab
20Rajasthane-Mitra Portal of Rajasthan
21Sikkime-Services Portal of Sikkim
22Tamil Nadue-Sevai Center of Tamil Nadu
23TelanganaMeeSeva Portal of Telangana
24Tripurae-District Portal of Tripura
25Uttar Pradeshe-Saathi Web Portal or e-Saathi Mobile App
26Uttarakhande-District Portal of Uttarakhand.
27West Bengale-District Portal of West Bengal
28Andaman and Nicobar IslandsOfficial Portal of Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
29ChandigarhSampark Portal of Chandigarh
30Dadra and Nagar HaveliOfficial Portal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration
31Daman and DiuOfficial Portal of Daman and Diu Administration.
32Delhie-District Portal of Delhi.
33Jammu and KashmirRevenue Department of Jammu and Kashmir.
34LadakhOfficial Portal of Ladakh
35LakshadweepOfficial Portal of Lakshadweep
36Puducherrye-District Portal of Puducherry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. How can I get a duplicate copy of my marriage certificate?

Ans: To get a duplicate copy of your marriage certificate, go to the General Registrar Office and fill out an application for a copy of your marriage certificate.

  1. What is the cost of getting a marriage certificate?

Ans: There is no set fee for getting a marriage certificate; fees vary depending on the circumstances.

  1. What is the marriage certificate’s validity?

Ans: The marriage certificate is valid as long as the couple is together.

  1. If you live in a city other than the one where you married, where do you get the certificate issued?

Ans: You can issue the marriage certificate from your new city as well; make sure you have residential evidence for at least one month at the new address, as well as the bride’s address, before the marriage.

  1. Is it necessary for me to go to the marriage registry office?

Ans: Yes, after completing all the required documents, both parties would be required to attend a single meeting at SRO. For their verification, the Registrar can ask some questions.

  1. Is there a late fee if we don’t register our marriage for years after the marriage date?

Ans: Many states do not charge late fees now, but some do charge a penalty of Rs 250 per year for late registration. Marriage registration must be completed within 60 days, according to a Supreme Court order.

  1. What to do if the Nikahnama is in Urdu?

Ans: If both parties are Muslims, and the Nikahnama is written in Urdu, it must be translated into English.

  1. What happens if we need to make changes to the Marriage Registration Certificate?

Ans: There is no need to pay a large fee; simply send an application to the same registry office where your certificate was previously registered.