Apart from the deadly Corona Virus, 2020 witnessed some unexpected weddings. Don’t you agree? Yes, people who were waiting for their big fat wedding cancelled the plans but those who wanted to sneak out from the world and get into a private wedding ceremony relished it. Today we’ll talk about marriage registration in India and why it’s so crucial. You will learn about the procedure for registering your marriage as well as the paperwork that is required.
Marriage Registration is a process that implies to all the married couple and they are needed to register their marriage legally under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or Special Marriage Act, 1954. Marriage registration is mandatory and was made for the protection of women.
The legally accepted minimum age to get married is 21 years for males and 18 years for females in India. A marriage certificate provides social security, self-confidence, helps in getting VISA, and helps in claims if the beneficiary is not mentioned.
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 is for Hindu, Buddhist, Brahma, Sikhs and Aryasamaj and to those who follow Hindu religious customs. It does not apply to Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew Communities. Under this, you can register only solemnized marriages.
Special Marriage Act, 1954 is for every Indian citizen irrespective of caste and religion. Under this act, you can solemnize a marriage or can register a solemnized marriage.
Online Marriage Registration Procedure
Marriage certificates can be registered online in some Indian states, but not all. Even in larger cities, it is unavailable. It is currently possible in Delhi, hence a resident of Delhi who wishes to use the Online Registration of Marriage Certificate option should go to the website and follow the steps listed below:
- Choose the appropriate district.
- Fill in the husband’s information.
- Select the ‘Registration of Marriage Certificate’ option
- In the Marriage Certificate document, fill in the essential information.
- Choose your preferred appointment time.
- Click on the ‘Submit Application’ option
Following that, an acknowledgement page will emerge with all of the pertinent data of your appointment as well as instructions to follow. There will be a temporary number assigned, which will be printed on the acknowledgement slip. A copy of the Application form and acknowledgement slip must be printed and kept by the applicant.
Applicants must also bring a witness to the Sub-office registrar’s to register their marriage. A witness can be someone who was present at the applicants’ wedding, as long as they have a PAN card and proof of residency.
Documents Required for Online Marriage Registration
You should bring the undermentioned legal documentation and do not forget to self attest them:
- Address proof
- Date of Birth Proof – Wife & Husband
- Passport size photographs
- Marriage invitation card
- Aadhaar Card
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