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Introduction

Marriage certificate is a document which provides valuable evidence of marriage, social security, self-confidence particularly among married women.

Eligibility

Bridegroom must have completed 21 years age and bride must be 18 years.

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Instructions

Marriage certificate indicates that the couple is legally married.

  • In India, a legal marriage is between males older than 21 years of age and females older than 18 years of age.
  • In India, marriage can be registered in accordance to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Required Information

  1. Name and address of bridegroom and bride,
  2. Signature of bride and bridegroom,
  3. Signature of 3 attesting witness present at the time of marriage along with their name and address,
  4. Joint photo of bride and bridegroom with signature over such photo

Procedure

  • Visit the sub registrar office nearest to your residence and get the prescribed application form for marriage certificate from the office.
  • Or download the form from [here https://www.karnataka.gov.in/karigr/actsrules/otheracts/hindumarrforms.pdf]
  • Fill in the details carefully in the form. If the bride has a name change after the marriage, be sure to write the new name in the form, and not the old name
  • Get the form signed by three witnesses. Friends and relatives can act as witness
  • Submit the filled-in form and the required documents at the sub registrar office. They will verify the information and provide the applicant with six printouts of the information provided in the application form.
  • Both the bridegroom and the bride must put their signature on the printouts in the specified area
  • The printouts are then stamped and signed by the Registrar of Marriage
  • The sub registrar’s office hands over two copies of the marriage certificates to the bridegroom and the bride and retains the other copies for their official records.

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Required Documents

  • Wedding card
  • 2 Photos of Bride and Groom in marriage dress taken during marriage ritual which clearly show they are taking part in marriage ceremony.
  • Documents which serve as Proof of Age preferably 10th class mark sheet with date of Birth on it.
  • Address proof of current residing address which should be on Bride or Grooms name.
  • Two witnesses to certify your marriage.
  • Some of the accepted documents are Passport, Drivers License, Voter ID card, GAS card, Electricity Bill on the name of the applicant. Atleast one of the applicant should have government issued residence proof if not both the applicants.

Fees

  • No fee is prescribed for registration of marriage under Hindu Marriage Act. Fee for application is Rs.5 and fee for certified copy is Rs.10.
  • Under Special Marriage Act, fee for solemnization of marriage is Rs.10, Rs.15 extra for solemnization in place other than office. Fee for notice of intended marriage is Rs 3. Fee for certified copy of certificate of marriage is Rs.2
  • Under Parsi Marriage Act, fee for certified copy of certificate of marriage is Rs.2.

Validity

Marriage certificate is valid forever.

Documents to Use

For downloading forms: http://www.karunadu.gov.in/karigr/download/hindu%20marriage%20forms.pdf

Sample Documents

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    

Processing Time

The processing time shall be 1-2 weeks.

Office Locations & Contacts

Banaswadi Sub Registrar Office
2nd Cross Rd, Subbaiyapalya Extension,
Banaswadi
Bengaluru, Karnataka

Sub-Registrar Office
Kanakapura Road, Near-Banashankari Temple, Banashankari
Bengaluru, Karnataka
080 2295 9331

Sub-Registrar Office
NR Colony, Basavanagudi
Bengaluru, Karnataka

New Sub-Registrar Offices - Government of Karnataka

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Information which might help

Marriages are registered under the following Acts:

  • Hindu Marriage Act, 1955,
  • Special Marriage Act, 1954,
  • Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

After registering your marriage you can apply for marriage certificate.

  • Marriage Certificate arises in case you need to prove that you are legally married to someone and even plays the role of a supporting document to obtain a passport or for changing your maiden name etc.
  • Marriage certificate also works as a proof of marriage, social security -particularly among married women and is useful in obtaining visas for spouses to travel together.
  • It is helpful in claiming bank deposits or life Insurance benefits when the depositor or the Insurer dies without a nomination or otherwise.
  • For changing your maiden name

External Links

http://www.karunadu.gov.in/karigr/aboutus/Advertisement_Note.pdf

Others

  • If you are getting married in accordance to the Hindu Marriage Act you can perform the rituals and then apply for registration of the marriage. The Hindu Marriage Act provides for registration of an already solemnized marriage. There is no need to get the wedding solemnized in the presence of a Registrar.
  • If you are getting married in accordance to the Special Marriage Act the wedding is solemnized and registered by a Marriage Officer. The important thing in such a marriage is that a public notice must be given for 30 days. If there is an objection to the marriage in these 30 days, the Marriage Registrar will take necessary steps to redress the objection. He may accept or reject the marriage altogether based on his investigation.

Any marriage already celebrated can also be registered under the Special Marriage Act after giving a public notice of 30 days, subject to the above conditions.

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