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The Government of India in 2015 launched the Digital India campaign. The aim of this campaign was to ensure that all of its services were easily available to citizens electronically through an improved online infrastructure. This was done to promote the digitization of the country and also to make people digitally literate and create transparency in the functioning of the government.
One such facility that went digital allowed people to get their marriage certificates digitally or online.
Who to go to for marriage registration?
The subdivisional magistrate under whose jurisdiction the marriage took place or where either spouse stayed for at least six months prior to the marriage must be approached for the purpose of registration of the marriage.
Requirements to obtain a marriage certificate:
- The groom must be 21 years of age.
- The bride must be 18 years of age.
- Two witnesses (Three in case of marriage by Special Marriage Law)
- Declared jurisdictions
Documents required for marriage registration
The following documents required for marriage registration:
- Marriage application form duly signed by husband and wife.
- Documentary evidence to support the date of birth of both parties (this document can be in the form of a registration certificate/passport/birth certificate). This age, according to the Hindu Marriage Law and the Special Marriage Law, is 21 years for men and 18 years for women.
- Proof of residence of husband and wife (ration card, Aadhar card, election voter ID, PAN card or bills like electricity bill etc.)
- Two passport size photographs of both parties and one marriage photograph.
- Marriage invitation card, if available.
- In case the marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required to solemnize the marriage.
- In case of marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act, a sum of Rs. 100, and 150 rupees in the case of marriage under the Special Marriage Act must be presented to the district cashier. The receipt must be attached along with the application form.
- The parties are required to affirm that they are not related and that they are not within the prohibited degree of relationship, as set out in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1955.
- Certified copy of divorce judgment/order in the case of divorced and spouse’s death certificate in the case of widow(er).
- In case one of the parties belongs to a religion other than Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh, a conversion certificate is required from the priest who solemnized the marriage (in case of Hindu Marriage Act).
- Sworn statement by both parties indicating the place and date of the marriage, date of birth, marital status at the time of the marriage, and nationality.
- The documents required for the court marriage registration process are very similar to the documents required for marriage registration.
All documents, except the receipt, must be certified by an official official.
Marriage Registration Criteria
After the verification of the documents, a day for registration is set and communicated to the parties. Both parties, along with the Official Official who attended their marriage, were required to be present that day before the Subdivision Magistrate. Once all verification and due process is complete, and the SDM is satisfied, the certificate is granted the same day.
How to download marriage certificate online?
Several states in India have now extended the facility to allow married couples to download their marriage certificates online. In this regard, several state governments have started a civil registration portal for the marriage certificate and other documents such as birth and death certificates. The online submission of the application requires that you have scanned copies of valid documents to upload and also photographs of the wedding ceremony. Citizens are provided with the marriage certificate, correction, etc. and status is provided via SMS and personal emails.
Below are some of the states and cities where online marriage registration is available:
- uttar pradesh
- Madhya Pradesh
- tamil nadu
You can also use the GOV+ platform and request certified copies of numerous documents like your marriage license, marriage certificate, birth certificate, and more without leaving your home. You can complete your requests in three simple steps:
- Complete our quick and easy online application.
- Take a photo of your photo ID for verification.
- Expect hard copies and digital copies of your vital records.
How to Get a Marriage Certificate in Delhi
Once all the documents and photos are ready, you will need to make an appointment. This appointment can be made online or by visiting the courthouse in the appropriate area.
Online appointment request:
- Click ‘Make Appointment With DM’ and sign up
- Select your district and continue
- Fill in the spouse’s details and select ‘Marriage Certificate Registration’
- Complete the Marriage Certificate form and select the appointment date
- Click ‘Submit Request’
- Get an acknowledgment page with your appointment details and instructions
- Take a printed copy of the Acknowledgment
Fees for Marriage Registration Certificate
The fees for marriage registration certificate in Delhi are as follows:
- Rs. 100 in case of Hindu Marriage Act
- Rs.150 in case of Special Marriage Act
Fees must be deposited in the District cashier and the receipt is attached with the application form.
Obtaining a Marriage Certificate in Other States
- It can be used to download the marriage registration form and the marriage certificate form of various states. For example, in Gujarat you can use Gujarat Marriage Registration Forum and Gujarat Marriage Certificate Form. The same forms are also available in other states under the names of the respective states.
The Delhi government in 2014 created a tatkal service that works to issue a proper certification of a marriage under an expedited process. The Tatkal service is an expedited single day authorization of the marriage in which the registration process will be carried out with priority. The service allows citizens to register their wedding and get a certificate issued within 24 hours upon payment of Rs. 10,000 as a fee.
How to update your marriage certificate
The following are some ways that you can update your marriage certificate or change your name:
- Marriage Certificate Error – In case you have written your married name on the certificate and some other details need to be changed, a simple notarized affidavit is required to be submitted to the Registrar for correction on the certificate.
- Name Change on Marriage Certificate: If the marriage certificate contains the name prior to the marriage, i.e. the title has not been changed, then the name change can be made by making a notarized affidavit stating your intent to change the name after marriage. the registrar will be required to issue a new certificate upon submission of an Open Draft along with the required fee for the change.
- Change of name with marriage certificate: In cases where the marriage certificate contains a married title, the name can be changed with a request in the official gazette.
- Submit a name change form, attach a copy of the marriage certificate, and pay the fee as established for the process.
- The interested official will issue a receipt against the request.
Once the same is done, 4 copies of the gazette containing the details of your application and the changed name will be mailed to the address mentioned in the application.
The entire procedure takes about 15-20 days.