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A Marriage Certificate is the legal proof of registration of a marriage. It is an important and valid document as it establishes the marital status of a couple. It can be said as an official statement that two people are married.

In India, Marriages can be registered either under:

  • Hindu Marriage Act, 1955:
  • Applicability: It is applicable only to the Hindus. It provides for registration of an already solemnised marriage.
  • Special Marriage Act, 1954:
  • Applicability: It is applicable to all citizens of India. It provides for solemnisation of a marriage as well as registration by a Marriage Officer.

Presently, it is mandatory for a couple to register their marriage irrespective of the religion they belong to. 


  1. Completely filled application form signed by both husband and wife
  2. Proof of Address (Voter ID/ Ration Card/ Passport/Driving License) of both husband and wife
  3. Proof of Date of Birth (Matriculation Certificate / Passport / Birth Certificate) of both husband and wife
  4. 2 passport size photographs of both husband and wife
  5. 1 marriage photograph
  6. Marriage Invitation Card
  7. If marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required who solemnized the marriage.
  8. Separate affidavits by both husband and wife stating place and date of marriage, date of birth, marital status at the time of marriage and nationality.
  9. Aadhaar Card
  10. Affirmation that the parties are not related to each other within the degree of prohibited relationship defined in the Hindu Marriage Act.
  11. In case of widow/ widower, attested copy of death certificate of spouse.
  12. In case of divorcee, attested copy of divorce order.

All documents must be self-attested.


A marriage Registration Certificate



  1. Under Hindu Marriage Act-
  • For Males: Minimum age limit is 21 years.
  • For Females: Minimum age limit is 18 years.
  • The parties to a Hindu marriage should be unmarried or divorced, or if previously married, the spouse by that marriage should not be alive.
  1. Under Special Marriage Act-

Minimum age of both i.e., male and female is 21 years at the time of registration. 


  • It is helpful in getting Passport/Visa.
  • It is a legal evidence of marriage under law.
  • It provides social security and protection to women.
  • It is needed for changing your maiden name.
  • It will be helpful in claiming Bank Deposits, Life Insurance or any other investments or property in case of sudden demise of spouse when you need to prove about your marriage.

7-30 days in case of registration of marriage under Hindu Marriage Act and under Special Marriage Act depend of availability of date and officer.



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