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A marriage certificate is an official statement that two people are married.

Marriages can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

It is a legal proof you are married and the most vital document of a marriage. In 2006, the Supreme Court made it compulsory to register marriage for women protection.

The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable for cases where the husband and wife both are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs and if they were converted to any of these religions.

A marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 when both the husband and wife are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs.

Whom you should talk to register your marriage?

You should approach the Sub-Divisional Magistrate during 9:00 am to 1:00 pm whose jurisdiction lies in the area of any of the husband or wife to get the contact address of the SDM in whose jurisdiction your residential area lies.

Important Documents for applying a Marriage Certificate

  • Application form duly signed by both husband and wife. Select your state to fill the application form.
  • Proof of Address – Voter ID / Ration Card / Passport / Driving License
  • Proof of Date of Birth of both husband and wife
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Separate Marriage Affidavits in prescribed format from Husband & Wife
  • Marriage Invitation Card
  • Aadhaar Card
  • All documents must be self-attested
  • If marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required who solemnized the marriage.
  • Rs. 100/- in case of Hindu Marriage Act and Rs.150/- in case of Special Marriage Act to be deposited with the cashier of district and the receipt should be attached with the application form.

How does the Process Works

Hindu Marriage Act

Verification of all the documents is done on the date of application and a day is fixed and communicated to the parties for registration.

On the appointed day, both parties, along with witnesses who attended their marriage, need to be present before the SDM.

The certificate is issued on the same day.

Special Marriage Act

Both parties are required to be present after the submission of documents for issuance of public notice inviting objections.

One copy of the notice is pasted on the notice board of the office and a copy of the notice and is sent by registered post to both parties as per the given address.

Registration is done 30 days after the date of notice after deciding any objection that may have been received during that period by the SDM.

Both parties along with three witnesses are required to be present on the date of registration.

Required Documents of Witnesses to apply for Marriage Certificate

Name, Address and ID proofs of the witnesses must be presented in order to confirm the marriage.

How to Register for a Marriage Certificate with eSahayak

The process of registering the marriage varies state to state.

To know the process of your state please select your state in the dropdown and see the process of that state.

After selecting your state and checking the procedure, you can fill the application form on Sahayak because we have gathered all the necessary documents of that particular state.

Print the generated document and submit it to the SDM office along with the required document proofs.

Select your State to Fill the Marriage Application Form

Punjab(More states coming soon)


Can we register marriage anywhere in India?

One can apply for marriage certificate at any sub-divisional magistrate’s office; the offline application method can be initiated from there itself; the registration can be done online as well. Select your state above and we will create your marriage certificate documents in minutes.

Is Marriage registration Compulsory in India?

The Supreme Court of India, in 2006, made it mandatory to register all marriages in the eyes of the law, making it an important certificate to prove your relationship with your spouse.

What happens if the Marriage is not registered?

The absence of registration of marriage does not render the marriage illegal. A marriage without registration is perfectly legal. But there are many benefits of getting a marriage certificate i.e. Couple visa can easily approved while travelling abroad, bank account can easily opened etc.

Can i get divorced without marriage certificate?

You can’t file for a divorce without your marriage certificate.


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