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Marriage Registration

Registration of marriage is necessary. Apart from this, marriage registration has now been made mandatory for people of all religions (except Sikhism) in India. After marriage, couples must show the marriage registration certificate, whether opening a joint bank account or enjoying a spouse visa. Although the proof of marriage will be a marriage card, photograph, Certificate of getting married by the priest, etc., it is only possible to carry a few documents everywhere. In such a situation, the marriage registration certificate can eliminate these problems. This one document can bring many benefits.

Nowadays, marriage registration is considered mandatory in India under the Hindu Marriage Act and the Muslim Marriage Act. It was enough to get married according to traditional rituals. Still, sometimes some rituals are not performed in traditional marriages, or the number of witnesses is reduced if needed. In many such cases, incidents like refusal of marriage have also been heard. For example, in love marriages performed in front of the priest in the temple, marriage takes place only after changing the garland. Still, in any adverse situation, such a marriage does not take long to become invalid. In the event of child marriage, if the marriage is to be challenged in the future, then it is necessary to have proof of marriage.

Benefits of the Marriage Certificate

What are the benefits of the marriage certificate?

  • According to Indian law, the legal Certificate of being married is considered. This document provides all the related legal benefits if the bride wants to keep her surname the same after marriage.
  • This Certificate is necessary for getting a joint bank account.
  • After marriage, a marriage certificate is required to take a loan from any national bank.
  • If the wife wants to take advantage of many government schemes, this Certificate is helpful. This is the legal proof of your being married as per Indian law.
  • A marriage certificate is beneficial when a couple applies for a travel visa or permanent residence in any country.
  • A marriage certificate is also helpful in taking life insurance benefits {if either the husband or wife has died}. If the nominee presents legal documents in confirmation of his application, then no insurance company takes the application seriously.
  • It is mandatory to give a marriage certificate to foreign embassies in India or to prove someone as a wife abroad.
  • A marriage certificate instills confidence and a sense of social security in women.
  • A marriage certificate is beneficial in any dispute (dowry, divorce, alimony, etc.) between husband and wife.
  • It helps curb child marriage because if you are not of marriageable age, there will be no marriage registration.
  • Married or divorced, a marriage certificate is helpful in both cases. This document is more beneficial for women because, after divorce, women need economic and social security more than men.
Process of Marriage Registration:

Registration of marriage under the Hindu Act or Special Marriage Act is straightforward;

Steps of Marriage Registration:
  • Step 1: Husband and wife can apply in the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of the area where they live.
  • Step 2: Fill out the application form carefully. Answer all the questions correctly. Both husband and wife should sign the application.
  • Step 3: If there is any change in name or surname after marriage, enter the new name in the application form. Attach proof of the same.
  • Step 4: Get three witnesses to sign this form, who can be relatives or friends of the couple. The details of the witnesses will also have to be filled in the form. It is also necessary to have their complete address and phone numbers.
  • Step 5: At the time of applying, the documents attached with it are examined, and after that, a day is fixed for the marriage, whose information is given to the couple. On getting the information, reach there and get the marriage registered. A gazetted officer also has to be present at the time of registration. The certificate is issued on the same day.

Necessary Documents for registration of marriage:

  • Residential Address: For this Voter ID Card, Aadhar Card, and a self-attested copy of the latest electricity or water bill can be attached to the application form. Birth Certificate: The newlyweds must attach self-attested copies of their respective birth certificates.
  • Age certificate: With this Certificate, the Registrar ensures that the wife's age is 18 years or more and the husband's age is 21 years or more. This age for marriage registration is prescribed in the bill. Suppose the Registrar refuses to register the marriage when the age of the husband or wife is less than the specified age and sends the matter to the competent authority. In that case, the competent authority will initiate the proceedings as soon as such a case is received. The court will punish the guilty person.
  • Passport-size photographs of husband and wife: These photographs are to be pasted in the space provided in the application form.
  • Photograph at the time of the marriage event: It is necessary to attach a photograph of the marriage along with the application form. The photo of garlanding can be relevant.
  • Husband or Wife is divorced: If there is a divorce between the wife and husband, they must submit the divorce decree to the competent court with the application.
  • Witness proof: Signatures of two witnesses and their addresses are required to be given in the application form.
  • Religion proof: If the wife or husband is not a Sikh, Jain, or Buddhist, it is mandatory to provide evidence of their religion along with the application.
  • Required NOC: Suppose one of the spouses is a foreigner. In that case, it is a binding factor to submit the No Objection Certificate from the High Commissioner of that country along with the application form.
  • Affidavit: Affidavits of husband and wife shall also be attached with the application. The format of the affidavit is available in the office of the Registrar. This format and application form is available free of cost.

Why choose Vakilkaro?

  • Now it has become essential to register your marriage after marriage. Having the best marriage registration lawyer is necessary to ensure marriage registration is done without hindrance. If you also want to register your marriage and are looking for the best marriage registration advocate, then do not worry because when it comes to Vakilkaro, there can be nothing to worry about. Nowadays, people are being fooled a lot about advocate for marriage registration; In such a situation, it becomes essential to whom to trust. VakilKaro is one such firm that has always won the people's trust and has done all their work well before the deadline, treating the clients like a family. Behind every successful law firm are the hard work of its advocate team and the trust of its clients. Advocates at Vakilkaro are well-experienced with marriage registration and have vast knowledge about every legal matter.
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Explore Marriage Registration

1. Who issues marriage certificates in the country?

To register the marriage under the Hindu Act, one can apply to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate in whose jurisdiction the husband and wife reside.

2. Can the marriage certificate application apply on Sunday?

This application can be made on any day except Sunday and government holidays.

3. Can a couple apply marriage certificate online?

If the couple wants to register for marriage to get a marriage certificate, then the couple can apply offline and online. For online, by visiting the official website of a particular state.

4. Can a couple apply for registration of marriage anywhere in the country?

Any couple can make this application in the magistrate's office. However, this is only for offline registration. Apart from this, the online registration process can proceed anywhere in India.

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