Marriage registration in India | Steps to Apply Online

Marriage Registration: Marriage registration is the process of getting your marriage certificate. It is a proof of marriage. Marriage registration is required to get a marriage certificate. And this certificate is important to document to have for married couples in India. It serves as the legal proof of marriage between two individuals. A marriage certificate is a document that establishes the conjugal/married status of a couple.

 Marriages must be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 or the Special Marriage Act 1954 in India. It was made compulsory to get your marriage registered in the country by the Supreme Court in 2006.

While it is of extreme importance that you get your marriage registered. Most people struggle in the process of owing because of the lack of experience and professional knowledge. Don’t worry! We are here to help without any charges.


What is marriage registration?

Marriage registration is the process of getting your marriage certificate. And a marriage certificate (sometimes: marriage lines) is an official statement that two people are married. In most authorities, a marriage certificate is issued by a government official only after the on-paper registration of the marriage. A marriage certificate is an important document to have for married couples in India.


What is registered marriage in India?

Registered Marriage includes a certificate that anyone can get after a marriage. A marriage license (certificate) serves as a dual purpose of granting permission for a marriage to take place and then validating the same document to record the fact that the marriage has been performed.


What is a procedure to get the marriage registration certificate?

Marriage Certificate Procedure: There are two processes of getting your marriage certificate in India, the offline one, and the online one. We have described both the process in detail.

Steps to Apply For Offline Marriage Registration:

  1. Approach the office of the Sub Divisional Magistrate, under whose locale the marriage occurred or where both the partners resided for somewhere around a half year before the marriage took place.
  2. Appointment – In the case of the Hindu Marriage Act, the date of appointment received is usually within 15 days of the request. And in the case of the Special Marriage Act, it may take as long as up to 60 days.
  3. Witness – Any individual who was present at the time of marriage of the couple can and will be the witness. Witnesses must have a legitimate PAN Card and proof of residence.

Steps To Apply For Online Marriage Registration:

  1. Select your district and feed details of you, your spouse, and the details of marriage.
  2. After submitting the registration form, you will receive an acknowledgment receipt with the application number and date of appointment with the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate.


Why is the marriage registration is required in India?

A marriage certificate may be required for a number of reasons. It may be required as evidence of change of a party’s name, On issues of legitimacy of a child, During divorce proceedings, Or as a part of genealogical history.

It is very significant and useful in giving legally married status to the couple as well as for allied purposes like acquiring a passport, opening a bank account, changing one’s last name, and applying for a salary certificate, in addition to other things. A marriage certificate is basically a conclusive proof of marriage.


Can we apply for a marriage certificate online?

Yes, you can apply online but for different states portal is different. We have given the list of the portal and its procedure to apply in the below section of the article.


How to register online for marriage registration?

You can also register your marriage by applying for your marriage certificate online at your concerned state’s registration website by following some very simple steps as following:

  1. Select your district and feed details of you, your spouse, and the details of marriage.
  2. After submitting the registration form, you will receive an acknowledgment receipt with the application number and date of appointment with the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

Note: Please note that the appointment will be approximately 15 days after the submission of the form in the case of the Hindu Marriage Act. And it takes up to 60 days in case of Special Marriage Act.


Marriage Registration Portal:

Andhra Pradesh – Link
Arunachal Pradesh – Link
Chhattisgarh –Link 
Chandigarh -Link
Dadra and Nagar Haveli -Link 
Delhi -Link 
Goa –Link
Gujarat –Link 
Haryana –Link
Himachal Pradesh –Link -Link2
Jammu and Kashmir –Link
Jharkhand -Link
Karnataka -Link 
Kerala -Link 
Maharashtra -Link1   -Link2    -Link3
Manipur –Link
Meghalaya –Link
Odisha -Link
Punjab -Link
Rajasthan -Link
Sikkim -Link
Tamil Nadu -Link
Telangana -Link 
Tripura -Link
Uttar Pradesh -Link 
Uttarakhand -Link
West Bengal -Link
Residential Locality -Link

Marriage registration form:

You can download the form by the selection you state from the above list. Hopefully, you will get it.


Marriage registration fees:

There are certain fees involved in getting your marriage registered both in online or offline mode. The fee can be deposited through online mode.

To register the marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act Rs 100. And Rs 150 is the application fee for the Special Marriage Act. The fee needed to be submitted to the cashier of the district and the receipt is to be attached along with the application form.

What is the Special Marriage Act?

The Special Marriage Act, 1954 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted to provide a special form of marriage for the people of India and all Indian nationals in foreign countries, irrespective of the religion or faith followed by either party.

The Special Marriage Act, 1954 replaced the old Act III, 1872. The new enactment has 3 major objectives:

  1. To provide a special form of marriage in certain cases.
  2. To provide for the registration of certain marriages.
  3. Too provide for divorce.


Applicant of the Special Marriage Act:

  • Any person, irrespective of religion.
  • Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, or Jews can also perform marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
  • Inter-religion marriages are performed under this Act.
  • This Act is applicable to the entire territory of India and extends to intending spouses who are both Indian nationals living abroad.
  • Indian national living abroad.[citation needed]


Requirement of the Special Marriage Act:

  • The marriage performed under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 is a civil contract, and accordingly, there need be no rites or ceremonial requirements.
  • The parties have to file a Notice of Intended Marriage in the specified form to the Marriage Registrar of the district in which at least one of the parties to the marriage has resided for a period of not less than thirty days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given.
  • After the expiration of thirty days from the date on which notice of an intended marriage has been published, the marriage may be solemnized, unless it has been objected to by any person.
  • The marriage may be solemnized at the specified Marriage Office.
  • Marriage is not binding on the parties unless each party states “I, (A), take thee (B), to be my lawful wife (or husband),” in the presence of the Marriage Officer and three witnesses.


Conditions for Special Marriage Act:

  • Each party involved should have no other subsisting valid marriage. In other words, the resulting marriage should be monogamous for both parties.
  • The groom must be at least 21 years old; the bride must be at least 18 years old.
  • The parties should be competent in regard to their mental capacity to the extent that they are able to give valid consent for the marriage.
  • The parties should not fall within the degree of prohibited relationship.

Court Marriage is a union of two souls where oath ceremony is performed according to Special Marriage Act-1954 before the Registrar of Marriage in the presence of three witnesses thereafter a court marriage certificate is issued directly by the Registrar of Marriage appointed by the Govt. of India. Frankly speaking, marriage is solemnized between man and woman before the court of law.


Succession to the property:

Succession to the property of person married under this Act or customary marriage registered under this Act and that of their children are governed by the Indian Succession Act. However, if the parties to the marriage are Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or Jain religion, the succession to their property will be governed by the Hindu Succession Act.

The Supreme Court of India, in 2006, made it required to enroll all relational unions. In India, a marriage can either be enlisted under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The Hindu Marriage Act is pertinent to Hindus, though the Special Marriage Act is appropriate to all residents of India regardless of their religion applicable at Court marriage.


What is the procedure to register a love marriage?

Arya Samaj Marriage is applicable amongst all religions. The minimum age for getting married is 21yrs for the groom and 18 yrs for the bride. Arya Samaj Marriages solemnize in just one hour, only you need to take all the documents or things required at the time.
The wedding is conducted according to Arya Marriage rituals.

Marriage procedure is very simple and sweet but you must have to fill all the formalities as well as book the mandir in advance. You have to register in that office and submit along with other necessary requisites of the office. After the successful registration or submission, they will give a date for your marriage prior. Go to the mandir at the desired date, there must be some in charge of all these things. After solemnization of marriage, they will give you a marriage certificate that makes you legal husband and wife.

Documents required for the Marriage in Arya Samaj Mandir:-

  • Affidavit: (Affidavit must be attested by Magistrate/S.D.M. or Notary Public with Register Entry No.)
  • Age Proof: (Voter I.card, Driving Licence, Matriculation Certificate,) one of these.
  • Residence Proof: (Voter I.card, Driving Licence, Matriculation Certificate, Passport) (one of these).
  • Photograph: (7-7 Passport size photo ) Boy & Girl both.
  • Witness: Two Witness With Voter I.card, Driving Licence, Passport,2 Passport size photo (one of these)
  • Divorced: If any party is divorcee – Certified copy of Decree of Divorce granted by the Court.
  • Death Certificate: If any party is a widow/widower – Death Certificate of the dead spouse.
  • Other Country: No Impediment Certificate / NOC from concerned Embassy and Valid VISA. Required for Only Other Country Marriage
  • Things: Mangalshutra, 2-Jaimala, 2kg Sweets.

How to do Registration for Hindu marriages?

The first step in this marriage registration process is to apply to the sub-registrar under whose jurisdiction the marriage has been solemnized, or either party to the marriage has been residing. Then both partners will need to fill in the Application Form, sign it and submit it along with two photographs of the marriage ceremonies, invitation card of marriage, age and address proof of both parties, affidavit of Notary/Executive Magistrate to prove that the couple is married under Hindu Marriage Act 1955, fit mental condition and proof of non-relationship between the parties within the degree of prohibition.

All the documents should be attested by a Gazetted Officer and the parties will have to deposit a fee with the cashier at the sub-registrar and attach the receipt with the Application Form. Once the application has been submitted and the documents verified, the concerned officer will assign a date of registration when the marriage certificate document will be issued.

Hindu Marriage Act 1955, a marriage is considered valid only if both the parties to the marriage are Hindus. If either of the party to the marriage is a Muslim or a Christian, then the marriage will not be a valid Hindu marriage.


Hindu Marriage Act:

After due verification of all the documents that have been submitted by the parties, for the concluding process, a day is fixed for the registration which is communicated to the parties. Both the parties are required to be present on the said day before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, along with the Gazetted Officer who attended their marriage,

After all, the marriage registration process is done, and the SDM is satisfied with the proceedings, the certificate is granted on the same day.

What is the difference between Indian and foreign marriage registration?

In India, a court marriage can be performed between an Indian male and a female irrespective of their caste, religion, or creed. It can also be solemnized between an Indian and a foreigner. The procedure of Court marriages does away with the rituals and ceremonies of traditional marriages. The parties can directly apply to the Marriage Registrar for performance & registration of marriage and grant of the marriage certificate.

In the case of foreign marriage registration, the special act of marriage is applied and for Indian marriage registration, the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 will be applied.


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