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In India, a marriage can be registered under either of the two Marriage Acts: the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (External website that opens in a new window) or the Special Marriage Act, 1954 (External website that opens in a new window). Registration of Marriage aids as the proof of marriage for all legal purposes and will help in change of name after marriage, adding Spouse name in Insurance policies, Passport etc.To be eligible for marriage, the minimum age limit is 21 for males and 18 for females. The parties to a Hindu marriage should be unmarried or divorced, or if previously married, the spouse by that marriage should not be alive. In addition, the parties should be physically and mentally healthy and must not be related in a way prohibited by the law. The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable only to the Hindus, whereas the Special Marriage Act is applicable to all citizens of India.

Modalities for Marriage Registration

Type of Marriage Registration Documents Required Fees Issued Within
Normal Hindu Marriage Registration

1. Marriage Report (2 nos)

2. If marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required who solemnized the marriage. (2 nos) OR If certificate from priest is not available, proof of Hindu marriage by a Gazetted officer (2 nos)

3. Marriage invitation card (1 nos)

4. Date of birth proofs of both Husband and Wife (10th Class certificate, Date of birth certificate).(attested by Gazetted officer)

5. ID proof of both witnesses (attested by Gazetted officer)

6. Separate affidavit in prescribed format from Husband and Wife.

7. Original copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.

8. In case one of the parties belong to other than Hindu Buddhist, Jain and Sikh religions, a conversion certificate from the priest who solemnized the marriage ( in case of Hindu Marriage Act).

9. In case applicant is a foreign national, a No Objection Certificate in original from the concerned High Commission to be submitted along with the application form.

Registration Fee - Rs.10

Application Fee - Rs. 100

No fine for late registration

3 Days
Delayed Hindu Marriage Registration (after 31 days of Marriage)

1. Marriage Report (3 nos)/p>

2. If marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required who solemnized the marriage. (3 nos) OR If certificate from priest is not available, proof of Hindu marriage by a Gazetted officer (3 nos)

3. Marriage invitation card (3 nos)

4. Proof of Evidence from two Gazetted officers confirming the marriage and is still in force (3 nos)

5. Two joint Condonation letters from both Husband and Wife addressed to the following:

  • Panchayath Deputy Director, Ernakulam District
  • Registrar of Marriage, Ernakulam District

6. Date of birth proofs of both Husband and Wife (10th Class certificate, Date of birth certificate).(attested by Gazetted officer) (3 nos)

7. ID proof of both witnesses (attested by Gazetted officer)

8. Separate affidavit in prescribed format from Husband and Wife

9. Original copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.

10. In case one of the parties belong to other than Hindu Buddhist, Jain and Sikh religions, a conversion certificate from the priest who solemnized the marriage ( in case of Hindu Marriage Act).

11. In case applicant is a foreign national, a No Objection Certificate in original from the concerned High Commission to be submitted along with the application form.

Registration Fee - Rs.10

Application Fee -Rs. 100

No fine for late registration

5 Days
Common Marriage Registration

1. Marriage Report in the system

2. Passport size photographs of Husband and Wife

3. Marriage Certificate from Religious institutions or Filled Form No:2 (Form No 2 is mandatory for common marriage registration after 1 year)attested by MLA/MP/Gazetted Officer/Member of Local Self Government)

4. Marriage Invitation and Photo of Marriage (1 nos)

5. Date of birth proofs of both parties (10th Class certificate/Passport/Driving License) - 1 nos and attested by Gazetted Officer

6. One ID proof of both witnesses namely Voters ID/Driving License/Passport (attested by Gazetted officer)

7. Proof of residence (Voter I-card/Ration card)

8. Original copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.

9. In case applicant is a foreign national, a No Objection Certificate in original from the concerned High Commission to be submitted along with the application form.

Registration Fee – Rs.100(PL and SC/ST – Rs.10)

Application Fee – Rs. 100

Certificate Fee – Rs.20

After 45 days to 1 Year fine of Rs.100

After 1 year fine of Rs.250

Within 45 days-220

After 45 days to 1 Year -320

After 1 year-470

3 Days
Delayed Common Marriage Registration (after 1 Year of Marriage)

1. Marriage Report in the system

2. One joint Condonation letters from both Husband and Wife addressed to the following:

  • Panchayath Deputy Director
  • Ernakulam District

3. Marriage Certificate from Religious institutions (3 nos)

4. Filled Form No:2 (3 nos)

5. Marriage Invitation and Photo of Marriage (3 nos)

6. Date of birth proofs of both parties (10th Class certificate/Passport/Driving License) - 3 nos and attested by Gazetted Officer

7. Three ID proofs of both witnesses namely Voters ID/Driving License/Passport (attested by Gazetted officer)

8. Original copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.

9. In case applicant is a foreign national, a NO Objection Certificate in original from the concerned High Commission to be submitted along with the application form.

Registration Fee – Rs.100(PL and SC/ST – Rs.10)

Application Fee – Rs. 100

Certificate Fee – Rs.30

After 45 days to 1 Year fine of Rs.100

After 1 year fine of Rs.250

5 Days