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Court marriages are formalized under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. This can be performed between two Indian individuals irrespective of their caste, religion or creed. It can also be formalized between an Indian individual and a foreigner. The procedure of the Court marriages do not comprise of rituals and ceremonies. The parties can directly apply for the registration of marriage and the issuance of marriage certificate to the Marriage Registrar.


Court marriage between two Indians

There should not be any existing valid marriage of either of the individuals to another person. The age requirement is twenty-one years for the groom and eighteen years for the bride. Both the individuals must be mentally sound so as to be able to give a valid consent for the marriage. They should also not fall within the standards of prohibited relationship.

The parties have to produce a notice of intended marriage to the Marriage Registrar. One of the parties must have compulsorily resided in Chennai for not less than thirty days immediately after the notice is given. The Marriage Registrar would put up the notice at the office during this period. The marriage may be formalized at the Registrar office in the presence of the three witnesses of the parties, if not objected by anyone during the notice period.



The following documents are to be produced for the Court Marriage:

·      Marriage Application form duly signed by both the individuals

·      Passport size photographs of the individuals

·      Address proofs

·      Age proofs

·      Address proof and ID card of the three witnesses

·      Death certificate/divorce decree (if applicable)


 Court marriage between an Indian and a foreigner


The marriage between an Indian and a foreign national may be solemnized under the Special Marriage Act in the presence of a Marriage Registrar.

At least one of the individuals must be a citizen of India. The groom should have completed 21 years of age and the bride 18 years. There should not be any existing valid marriage of either of the individuals with any other person. They should possess a sound and stable mental nature so as to give a valid consent for the marriage. They should not fall within the standards of prohibited relationship.


The following documents are to be produced:

·      Marriage Application form duly signed by both the individuals

·      Age proofs

·      Copies of passports with valid visas

·      Address proofs

·      Proof of stay or report from the responsible SHO

·      N.O.C. or Married Status Certificate

·      Death certificate or divorce decree (if applicable)


The individuals should give the application of intended marriage thirty days in advance. During the notice period, the Marriage Registrar would check for any sort of objections. If there is no objection, the marriage may be formalized in the presence of three witnesses. The Marriage Registrar, then, issues the Marriage Certificate.

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A certificate of marriage is an essential document as it establishes the marital status of a couple. It is necessary particularly for women for various purposes like applying for a passport, for visa, or for claiming for bank deposits or insurance benefits in case of sudden demise of her spouse.

Marriage registration in India is done as per the Hindu marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

The age of 21 years must be completed by the groom and18 years by the bride.

Collect an application form from the nearest sub Registrar office in Chennai. Fill in the details of the bride and groom in the form. You need to get this form signed by three witnesses- relatives or friends.

The original and a photocopy each of these proofs are to be submitted with the form:

·      passport size six photographs of the couple with a blue or white background

·       One wedding photograph

·       Wedding Card

·       Identity proof for both individuals (Pan Card or Voter ID, etc)

·       Address proof of the husband(Passport, Ration Card, Aadhar Card, etc)

·       Age Proof

·       Affidavit in case of name change of the wife after marriage

·       Copy of the newspaper where the information of name change was published 


Meet the clerk at the sub registrar office for the verification of the information. The data entry operator will fill in your information to the computer and provide you six printouts. Affix the photographs to the printouts and attest the photocopies. Attach the wedding photograph, wedding card and other documents. Both husband and wife need to sign on the six printouts. The sub registrar’s office will keep with them four copies and hand over one copy each to you and your spouse.

 This copy is to be held to claim in case of a dispute that will need legal action. In case you have lost or misplaced the certificate, please get back to the sub registrar’s office to do the needful. Certain fees would be collected by the sub registrar to complete the certification. 

In case of Inter caste Marriage, NRI Marriage, or Marriage between citizens of different nationals, the process of fetching the marriage certificate would take 30 days to be completed. Additional documents and proofs would be required depending on the country and religion one comes from.



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