When two people are married, it is the marriage certificate that justifies it. In India, there are two laws governing marriages and these are the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The marriages in the country can be registered under any of these two Acts. If you have the certificate then it legally proves that you are married and this is perhaps the most significant proof or evidence required.
In the past, marriage registration was not compulsory but now after the law passed by Supreme court in 2006, every marriage needs to be registered in order to be considered valid. In this article we will tell you how to apply for marriage certificate online or offline.
Benefits of Marriage Certificates
There are several benefits of having a marriage certificate and you will be able to use it in different walks of life. Here we have listed some benefits:
It will come handy if you need to apply for a passport or open an account in bank
You will need it to apply for Visas for both the husband and wife. The foreign embassies do not recognize the traditional marriage proofs hence they need this certificate by the government of India to be sure that two people are legally married.
The marriage certificate is essential if you want to apply for a spouse Visa. It is also helpful in getting the insurance amount to the spouse in case of the demise of partner.
How to apply For Marriage Registration under Hindu Act
If you wish to apply offline then you will need to visit the office of any Sub-Divisional Magistrate, under whose jurisdiction the husband to be and wife to be resides.
- Fill up the application form and it should be signed by both applicants.
- All the required documents are verified on the day of application
- A date if fixed when both the parties will come for registration
- On that day, both the parties along with the Gazette Officer should be present.
- In most cases you will get the certificate on the same day.
What documents would you need to apply for marriage certification?
Along with the completed filled and signed marriage application, you will need to provide the following details of both parties:
- Voter ID/ Ration Card/ Passport
- Driving License/ Date of Birth proof for both husband and wife
- 2 Passport Sized Photographs
- Separate Marriage Affidavits
- 1 marriage photograph
- Marriage Invitation Card
All these documents must be duly self-attested by the husband and wife. If you wish to register online, go to this website http://districts.delhigovt.nic.in/choosedistrict.asp. When you are there, follow the steps below to register your marriage online:
First, you need to choose the district name and then hit on the continue button
Now, fill up the name of the husband in the online form and click on ‘Registration of Marriage Certificate’
Now you will be able to access the online form for marriage certification. You need to simply fill up the certification with the required details and select a date of appointment.
After you are done, click on the ‘submit application’ button to submit the marriage certification application.
At this stage, you will be given a temporary number that will be printed on the acknowledgement slip, and with this step your online application has been completed.
Now, you simply need to take a printout of this online acknowledgement slip.
If you have applied for a Hindu Marriage Act then you will be able to get an appointment within about 15 days from the date of registration. However, in case of Special Marriage Act, it might take you as much as 60 days to get the appointment.