Marriage Registration

A marriage is said to be registered when the marriage certificate is obtained as the legal document making it official that the marriage has taken place. A marriage can be registered when the ceremony has already taken place between two people and the it fulfils all the requisite conditions for a valid marriage.

The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 lays down the provisions for marriage registration for Hindus including Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The Special Marriage Act, 1954 is the secular law that makes it possible for people from different religions, castes and creed to get married and get their marriage registered.

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At INR 7999

What You'll Get In The Package


  • Telephonic consultation with your lawyer for 20 minutes.
  • Verification of marriage registration documents.
  • Filing of marriage registration application.
  • Obtaining marriage registration certificate.


  • Court fees.
  • Stamp duty.
  • Other legal expenses incurred.

Documents Required for Marriage Registration

  • Application form signed by the husband and wife.
  • Proof of birth including the passport, birth certificate or matriculation certificate.
  • In case of Special Marriage Act, documentary evidence regarding stay in Delhi of the parties for more than 30 days.
  • Affidavit by the bride and groom mentioning the date and place of their marriage, date of birth, nationality and the marital status at the time of marriage.
  • Proof of marriage like the marriage invitation card or photographs.
  • Affirmation that the parties are not related to each other within the prohibited degree of relationship as per Hindu Marriage Act or Special Marriage Act as the case may be.

Procedure for Marriage Registration

A marriage between Hindus (Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains) can be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. To obtain a marriage certificate, the required documents along with the marriage registration form are submitted to the Registrar which has jurisdiction over the area where the husband and wife have been residing for a period of at least 6 months. Once the documents and form are accepted by the Registrar, the marriage certificate is granted.

A marriage between 2 people of different religions, castes or creeds can be registered under the Special Marriage Act. When the bride and groom have not been married priorly and need to get married first, the process of a court marriage would be applicable. When the marriage ceremony has been performed already, a marriage certificate can be issued after giving a public notice of 30 days. The marriage certificate is issued in 30 days if the Marriage Registrar receives no objections against the notice during this period.

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What are the advantages of marriage registration?
A marriage certificate is required for visa application, claim bank deposits or Life Insurance policies and to serve as a proof of marriage in case of marriage by fraud.
What laws are applicable to marriage registration?
The laws which lay down the provisions relating to marriage registration in India are the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
Who issues the marriage certificate in India?
Marriage certificate is issued by the Marriage Registrar who has jurisdiction over the area where the couple resides or where the marriage took place.
What are the conditions relating to marriage registration in India?
A marriage certificate can be granted only if the following conditions are met: 1. The bride and groom should not have a living spouse at the time of marriage. 2. The bride must be 18 years old and the groom must be 21 years old. 3. The bride and groom must have given their consent for marriage freely, without any coercion or force. 4. The bride and groom must not be of unsound mind or suffering from any kind of mental illness. 5. The spouses must not fall under the degree of prohibited relationships unless the law recognises the customary practice or usage governing any of them.
What is the time limit for marriage registration?
The marriage registration should ideally be done as soon as the marriage ceremony takes place. For NRIs, recently it was made mandatory to get marriage registration done within 7 days of marriage.
How much time does it take to obtain a marriage certificate?
Generally, marriage registration takes 10-15 days. However, Legistify provides a faster marriage registration process for marriage registration in Delhi, which can be done within 1-2 days.
Can widows, widowers and divorcees get married and register their marriage?
Yes, a widow, widower or divorcee can get married and register the marriage under the law without any problem.
What is the procedure of marriage registration for NRIs?
When an Indian and foreign national want to get married in India, the marriage can be registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. However, it has been made mandatory for NRI marriages to get their marriage registered within 7 days of their marriage.
What is Arya Samaj Marriage?
Arya Samaj Marriage is an inter-caste or inter-religion marriage between 2 Hindus. The marriage can also be performed for people who have converted to Hinduism. The marriage takes place in the Arya Samaj Mandir after the requisite documents are accepted. The people who obtain an Arya Samaj marriage certificate can still get their marriage registered under the Special Marriage Act to have their marriage legally acceptable throughout the world.
How much does it cost to get a marriage registered in India?
Marriage registration costs online Rs. 9999 when done through Legistify.