A marriage certificate is a legal proof of your marriage. which you can get after you register your marriage. In India, marriage remains mostly a religious and social affair and due to this reason, couples do not get their marriage registered. But now-a-days, the government has made it compulsory to register the marriage. The marriage certificate is an extremely important document, when you apply for Visa and passport because it is considered as the only legal evidence of your marriage.
Important things you need to know before you apply
- The age for registration for marriage has been legally decided as 21 for males and 18 for females. You can not apply for marriage certificate if you have not attained the age limit. It will be treated as an offence.
- Indian marriages come under either Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or Special Marriage Act, 1954.
- The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 allows you to apply and register your marriage after you marry according to social custom by holding rituals.
- Under the Special Marriage Act, you can get the marriage registered in the presence of a Marriage Officer. But for this, there has to be a public notice thirty days prior to the marriage. If there is any objection for the marriage by anyone, the Marriage Registrar will seek to redress this. After investigating thoroughly about the objection made to the marriage, he may accept it or reject it.
- Any marriage can be registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. But only thing is the 30 days Public notice has to be issued.
How to apply for marriage certificate under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955?
- First of all, you need
to know about the Registrar, under whose jurisdiction you can apply for marriage certificate. Either you or your spouse has to reside in that particular area at least six months immediately preceding the marriage date.
- You have to make a personal appearance before the registrar with your spouse and it is also mandatory that your parents or legal guardians or witnesses must be there along with you and your spouse. This can be done within one month of your ritualistic marriage. The Registrar of Marriage has the power to allow your submission application for marriage certificate even after 5 years your marriage gets ritualistically solemnized. But if there is further delay, you will apply with the District Registrar of Marriage.
How to apply for marriage certificate under the Special Marriage Act, 1954?
- Under the Special Marriage Act, You need to give a notice to the Marriage Officer in whose jurisdiction either you or your spouse have resided for not less than 30 days before the date of notice.
- If you or your spouse is living under the jurisdiction of another Marriage Officer in another area, then a copy of the notice also has to be submitted in his office.
- The marriage can only be solemnized only after the expiry of 30 days notice period. Any objection received within that period will be enquired by the Marriage Officer. He has the authority to accept or reject the marriage.
How can I download marriage application online?
It is easy. Please login to http://districts.delhigovt.nic.in/downloads.htm. The link will give you the facility of downloading the application forms for marriage. You can take the print and apply in the registrar’s office thereafter.