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Here's I wish to explain some information about one of my friend’s special marriage with US national under the Special Marriage Act.

They did not use any consultancy for the civil Marriage in Chennai, Tamilnadu. They chose to get married in Chennai, Tamilnadu for two reasons - first, because the groom is from Naganallur and they were planning to live in Chennai Naganallur for the proximate short term and processing their Indian visa (& later PIO card) would be easier with an Tamilnadu marriage certificate. And second, the certificate would be in English and more easily acceptable in their country also. They planned to do their marriage in Chennai and US as well.

I advised that getting married legally in two countries was NOT a good idea & technically illegal - instead get married once and make that marriage certificate internationally acceptable by getting the necessary attestation. For the Special marriage, I strongly suspect things differ from state to state and even district to district. Things like 30 days notice for Civil Marriages are the same but minute document requirements & processing times surely differ.

In Chennai itself the experience at the Sub registrar Naganallur are completely different. So we chose to get married under the Special Marriage Act 1954 (Civil Marriage) because neither of us are religious and we have the luxury of time on our side. First you have to register the 'intent' to marry at the Marriage Office under whose jurisdiction you fall. From what I saw, this can even be done by parents or an agent (though the form does require signatures of the bride & groom) and basically involves submitting proofs of ID/age & residence proof. (Divorce decrees and Municipal Death Certificates for divorcees/widowers).

Our form said the following documents are acceptable in Tamilnadu: *Age Proof - Birth Certificate, School Leaving Certificate, MARK SHEET, Passport *Residence Proof - Ration Card, Election Card, Passport All documents had to be notarized (the cheap rubber stamp notarizing, not the wax stamp one with revenue stamps..) We used bride passport for proof of identity, age & address. groom used his passport (with valid Indian visa) for identity & age, but since her passport does not carry a residential address , we had also brought an extract from his municipality verifying his date of birth, parents, proof of address etc.

Even though we had to fill his address on the 'Intended Marriage Form' they never cross checked it or looked at the document (which was in another language, so lucky us!). If you cannot get this you can get a letter from your Consulate. See below. Another tricky part for foreigners or NRIs marrying in Tamilnadu is that one of the marriageable parties has to prove residency in the area for the previous consecutive 30 days.

If someone does not provide their passport as an identify document we don't know how they would check this, though they did check my passport immigration stamps to see when we had returned from our trips abroad earlier that year.

I know in places like Goa where there are lots of foreigners getting married this is uniformly enforced (though obviously there are ways to bribe your way around it with a false police certificate). Another thing we planned meticulously for (because we read on the internet that it was a requirement) was a No Objection letter from bride Consulate. Basically it was a letter from her Consulate in Mumbai stating all his details (Name, Passport No, Age, Address) and saying that marital status was 'Unmarried' and that according to her country's law there is no impediment to him entering into matrimony with Indian national named ABC, born on etc. It seems like a pretty important document because how else would you know if a foreigner was married elsewhere. BUT our wonderful Marriage Office didn't even glance at it.

Be aware that some people on other forums have said that this was asked of them. OK so once the intent to marry is submitted you get to pick a date to solemnize the marriage - it has to be at least 30 days after submission of intent, depending on their appointment availability & your choice. They are supposed to post the 'Intended Marriage Notices' up for those 30 days to give time for people to come forward with objections. I'm not sure if they really do! On the day of solemnization, we had to come with 3 witnesses (each brought 3-4 stamp size passport photographs plus original ID photo proofs & copies).

They made us fill declaration form with details of our witnesses & took their ID proof copies. During the 'marriage' the couple and all the witnesses will have to sign the main Marriage register & say their 'vows'. It's basically the most unromantic, bureaucratic procedure ever with lots of waiting involved.

The Naganallur Marriage Office refused to let us face each other while exchanging vows and made me face her and recite them. The original marriage certificate is part of their Register which stays with them. For your 'copy' of the Marriage Certificate they try and tell you to come back after one week, but we insisted and got it on the same day.

We did not have to bribe anybody, but were very assertive. They charged another 4500/- without receipt. Finall we got three copies of original marriage certificate within a week time . But that is not carry photos. We don’t know the US embassy accept the marriage certificate or not.

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