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Marriage Certificate: Its Importance and Registration Process

Weddings in India, whether love marriage or arranged marriage holds a great significance. As pre-marriage, the wedding ceremonies are considered important, similarly post-marriage ‘marriage certificate’ is one thing that is considered extremely important. Read on the following article to know why marriage certificates are important in Indian weddings.

A marriage certificate is an official statement that certifies that two people are married and can stay together. In many jurisdictions, this official certificate is issued by government after the couple registers their marriage.

Importance of Marriage Certificate

In Indian weddings, a marriage certificate is an official record that claims that the two people have tied the nuptial knots under a wedding ceremony. This certificate holds importance in India due to many reasons. This certificate is considered as an important document for:

•Handling issues on Child legitimacy
•Change in the name of the wife
•Divorce proceedings
•For genealogical history

Besides the above mentioned reasons, a marriage certificate is considered an important document for the protection of women who may face certain situations where they need to prove their marital status.

Because of all these reasons, it is important for women and even men to get their marriage registered and receive certificate. Due to this, the Supreme Court in 2006 made it mandatory to get marriage certificate, irrespective of their religion.

The main idea behind making marriage registration a compulsion is to make sure that women do not suffer if left alone by their husbands. In such a situation, marriage certificate plays a crucial role in proving that the woman is married and deserves a right on alimony to live her life independently.

Registration Process

Now, once you know the importance of marriage certificate, let’s take a look at the registration process. Marriage registration follows a simple procedure. As per religion, you can register under the Special Marriage Act or the Hindu Marriage Act in India. The Special Marriage Act has set the minimum age limit for both the partners as 21 years, whereas according to the Hindu Marriage Act minimum age for bride and groom is 18 years and 21 years, respectively.

Take a look at the two types of Marriage Acts:

Hindu Marriage Act: The Hindu Marriage Act allows the candidate to only register marriage and not solemnize it. To register under the Act, it is mandatory that both the partners are Hindu. The first thing to do is to apply under the sub-registrar of the place where marriage was conducted. The next thing is to apply to the registrar of the location whether any one of the spouses stayed for not less than six months before wedding. The application form is then signed by the couple and all the important documents are submitted.

Special Marriage Act: This marriage act covers marriage registration as well as solemnizing. The documents required are same as that in the Hindu Marriage Act; however the procedure is a bit more complex. Couples marrying under this act are required to give a thirty day notice to the sub-registrar of place where any one of them has stayed before marriage.

Documents Required

There are several documents required to register your marriage and get a marriage certificate. Some of the important ones include:

•Application form, signed by the both the partners
•Proof of age and residence
•Affidavit stating the date of marriage and nationalities
•Marriage invitation card
•Marriage photograph and passport size photograph of both the partners
•Certificate from the priest

So, while you spend a lot of your time in planning a wedding for you, do not forget to take some time in registering your marriage!

About the Author:

Swati Srivastava is a professional writer who has been lending her expertise to relationships and matrimony websites, where one can find information related to different wedding cultures, relationship tips and wedding preparation tips.

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