Christian marriage registration in Kerala

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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #919 by anamika
One of friend is Catholic Syrian Christian living in Ernakulam. He is a Christian and currently working in Dubai. He is coming for marriage in November 2016. He is coming in short holiday. Can you tell me the procedure for Christian marriage registration in Kerala. Under which act marriage has to be registered and how many days will take to complete the registration process.
After getting marriage certificate, there is any Attestation has to be obtained for apply UAE visa.
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1 year 10 months ago #920 by marriage attorney
Indian Christian Act will not apply for whole India also this act will not apply in some places in Kerala. So the Kerala Government enacted the New Christian marriage act in 2008 and it will apply for whole state.

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THE KERALA CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE BILL

A Bill

to provide, amend and codify the law relating to marriage of persons professing Christian Religion in the State and for matters connected therewith;

​Preamble.—WHEREAS, it is expedient to consolidate, amend and codify the law relating to marriage of persons professing Christian Religion in the State and for matters connected therewith;
​BE it enacted in the Fifty-nineth year of the Republic of India as follows:-

1. Short title and commencement.(1) This Act may be called the Kerala Christian Marriage Act, 2008.
(2) It extends to the whole State of Kerala.
(3) It applies to Christians domiciled in Kerala.
(4) It shall come into force at once.
​2. Definitions. —In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--
(a) “Christian” means a person who professes the Christian Religion.
(b) “Church” is a denomination of Christians following the Christian Religion and having a distinct name and organization.
​(c)​“Church building” includes any chapel or any other place generally used for public worship.
​(d)​“District” in relation to a Marriage Registrar means the revenue District from which he is appointed as such under this Act.
​(e)​“District Court” means the principal civil court of original jurisdiction and includes any other civil court which may be specified by the State Government by notification in the Official Gazette as having jurisdiction in respect of the matters dealt with in this Act.
​(f) “Licensed Minister” means a Christian licensed under section 8 to solemnize marriage under this Act.
​(g) “Marriage Registrar” means a Marriage Registrar appointed under section 9 or a Magistrate specified in section 10 of this Act.
​(h)​“Minister of a Church” means a Minister ordained as per the rules of the Church.
​(i) “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act.
​(j) “Prohibited relationship” means the relationship between a man and any of the persons mentioned in part I of the Schedule of the Act and a woman and any of the persons mentioned in part II of the said Schedule.
​(k) “Rule of a Church” includes the rite, ceremony or a custom of that church.
​(l) “Custom” or “Usage” means any rule which having been continuously and uniformly observed for a long time has obtained the force of law among Christians in any local area.
​3. Marriage of Christians solemnized according to Act. —Marriage between persons one or both of whom is or are a Christian or Christians may be solemnized in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
4. Conditions of marriage.—A marriage may be solemnized under this Act if the following conditions are fulfilled, namely:-
​(i) Neither party has a spouse living at the time of the marriage;
​(ii) At the time of marriage, neither party,--
(a) is incapable of giving a valid consent to the marriage;
(b) Though capable of giving a valid consent during lucid intervals but has been suffering from mental disorder of such kind or to such an extent as to be unfit for marriage.
(iii) The bridegroom has completed the age of twentyone years and the bride the age of eighteen years at the time of the marriage.
(iiii) The parties are not within the degree of prohibited relationship unless the custom or usage or rule of the Church governing each of them permits of a marriage between the two.
5. Marriage Registrars authorized to solemnise marriage.—Marriage may be solemnized under this Act,--
(i) By any Minister of a Church; or
(ii) By the Government under section 8 a Marriage Registrar appointed under this Act; or
(iii) By any person licensed by the Government under Section 8 to solemnize marriage according to the rites, ceremonies and rules of the Church of which he is a Member.
6. Time for solemnizing marriage. —Every marriage under this Act shall be solemnized between 6 A.M and 7 P.M on any day, unless otherwise permitted by the controlling authority of the Church where the marriage is proposed to be solemnized.
​7. Place of solemnizing marriage. —The marriage under this Act shall be solemnized in the Church as decided by the parties to the marriage with the permission of the Minister of the Church or in a place where parties to the marriage generally assemble for worship.
​Provided that the marriage may be solemnized at a place other than the above with the permission of the controlling authority of the Church where the parties to the marriage are members.
8. Licensed Ministers. —The State Government may by notification in the gazette grant license to any person to solemnize marriage according to the rites, ceremonies and rules of the Church of which he is a Member as may be specified in the notification.
​9. Marriage Registrars. —The State Government may appoint one or more Christians, either by name or as holding any office for the time being to be marriage Registrars for such area as may be specified in the notification.
​10. Magistrate to act as Marriage Registrars. —When the Registrar appointed by the Government is absent for any reasons whatsoever or when his office is temporarily vacant, the District Magistrate shall act as Marriage Registrar.
​11. Solemnisation of Marriages by Minister of a Church. —(1) Marriage may be solemnized under this Act by any of the persons referred to in Section 4 of the Act in the presence of at least two witnesses:
​Provided that no such marriage shall be solemnized unless the Minister has reason to believe that the solemnization of the intended marriage would be contrary to the provisions of section 4 and the marriage is not against any rule of the Church to which the Minister belongs.
(2) Before solemnization of the marriage, the parties to the marriage shall file a solemn declaration in the Form as may be prescribed.
​12. Notice of intended marriage to the licensed Minister or the Marriage Registrar. —When the marriage is intended to be solemnized by a licensed Minister or by or in the presence of Marriage Registrar the parties to the marriage shall give notice in the form as may be prescribed to the licensed Minister whom they desire to solemnize the marriage or to the Marriage Registrar of the District in which at least one of the parties to the marriage and or their parents or any of the parents has resided or domiciled for a period of thirty days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given.
​13. Marriage Notice Book. —(1) The Marriage Registrar shall immediately on receipt of a notice under section 12, enter a true copy of such notice in a register in the form as may be prescribed.
​(2) Register maintained under sub-section (1) shall be open for inspection at reasonable time without fee by any person desirous of inspecting the same.
​14. Procedure on receipt of Notice by the Marriage Registrar.—(1) On receipt of a notice under section 12, the Marriage Registrar shall, if the parties to the intended marriage desire it be solemnized in a particular Church and if the licensed Minister is entitled to officiate therein, he shall cause the notice to be published by affixing a copy thereof in the Notice Board of the Church.
​(2)​In case the Marriage is intended to be solemnized in a private building or in any other place, the Marriage Registrar shall forward a copy of the notice to the Marriage Registrar of the District who shall cause it be published by affixing it in the notice board of his office.
​15. Procedure on receipt of Notice by the Marriage Registrar.—(1) On receipt of a notice under section 12, the Marriage Registrar shall cause the notice to be published by affixing a copy thereof in the notice board of his office.
​(2) In cases where either or both of parties to the intended marriage are not permanently residing within the local limits of the District of the Marriage Registrar, the Marriage Registrar shall also cause a copy of such notice to be transmitted to the Marriage Registrar of the district within whose limits such party or parties are permanently residing and the Marriage Registrar shall thereupon cause a copy thereof to be affixed in the notice board of his office. Notice shall also be published in one English and one Malayalam dailies having wide circulation in the area where the parties to the marriage hails from. The expenses for such publication shall be met by the parties to the marriage.
16. Issue of Certificate of Notice.—(1) Any Marriage Registrar consenting or intending to solemnize any marriage under this Act shall, or being required to do so by or on behalf of the persons by whom the notice was given, issue under his hand a certificate of notice in the form as may be prescribed.
(2) Certificate of notice under sub-section (1) shall be issued only after the expiration of seven days from the date of publication of the notice.
17. Objection to the Notice to marriage.—(1) Any person may, before the expiry of seven days from the date on which the notice has been published under section 14 or section 15, file objection in writing to the marriage on the ground that it would contravene one or more of the conditions specified in section 4.
(2) The Marriage Registrar shall, on receipt of objection under sub-section (1) enquire into the objection after giving the parties an opportunity to be heard and take a decision on it as expeditiously as possible but not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the objection.
(3) If it appears to the Marriage Registrar, that the objection made to an intended marriage is not reasonable and has not been made in good faith he may impose on the person objecting costs by way of compensation not exceeding fifty thousand rupees and award the whole or any part thereof to the parties to the intended marriage and any order so made may be executed in the same manner as a decree passed by the District Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the Marriage Registrar has his office.
18. Appeal.—(1) If the Marriage Registrar uphold an objection to an intended marriage or refuses to issue certificate of notice of marriage, either of the parties to the intended marriage may, within a period of thirty days from the date of such refusal, appeal to the District Court.
(2) The District Court may examine the allegations of the petition in a summary manner and take a decision after giving an opportunity to the parties to be heard.
(3) The decision of the District Court under sub-section (2) shall be final.
19. Solemnization of marriage.—(1) After the issue of the certificate of notice by the Marriage Registrar, the Marriage may be solemnized between the persons therein described if there is either no objection under section 17 or where the objection is rejected; according to such form and ceremony as the parties choose to adopt.

(2) Before the marriage is solemnized the parties and two witnesses shall in the presence of the Marriage Registrar sign a declaration as prescribed and the declaration shall be countersigned by the Marriage Registrar.
(3) The marriage shall be complete after each party make the following declarations, namely:-
I. I, (name) do hereby solemnly declare that there are no legal impediments for not joining in matrimony with. (Name of the other party).
II. I, (name) call upon these persons present here to witness that I (name) do take (name of the other party) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband.
4. The Marriage Registrar shall, before solemnization of the Marriage satisfy himself that the parties to the Marriage understand the true effect and input of the notice and declaration made at the marriage.
20. Entries made in the Notice Book, void if marriage not solemnized within three months.—If marriage is not solemnized within three months after the date of making entries in the Notice Book by the Marriage Registrar under section 13, such proceedings shall be void and no person shall proceed to solemnize the said marriage until new notice is given and the certificate thereof issued in the manner prescribed therein.
provided that the time taken by District Court in appeal under section 18 shall be excluded for computing the period of thirty days.
21. Certificate of marriage and marriage certificate book.—(1) When the marriage has been solemnized by the Marriage Registrar he shall enter a certificate thereof in the form as prescribed or in the form if any prescribed by the Church to be called the marriage certificate book.
(2) The entry in marriage certificate book shall be signed by parties to the marriage and two witnesses.
22. Certificate of marriage to be conclusive proof.—On a certificate being entered in the Marriage Certificate book, the certificate shall be deemed to be conclusive proof of the fact that a marriage under this Act has been solemnized.
23. Registration of marriages.—(1) Every Marriage Registrar shall send within 30 days of the solemnization of the marriage to the Local Registrar of Marriages.
(2) The local Registrar shall thereupon register the marriage in the Marriage Register maintained by him.
24. Grant of certificate by the Marriage Registrar.—The Marriage Registrar appointed by the Government under the Kerala Registration of Marriage (Common) Rules, 2008 shall on application in such form and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed grant the certificate of marriage in such form as may be prescribed.
25. Penalties.—(1) whoever knowingly and willfully.—
(i) Refuses to enter the notice of marriage in the register;
(ii) Refuses or neglects to publish the notice in the notice board;
(iii) Refuses to grant certificate of notice;
(iiii) Refuses to solemnize the marriage;
(v) Solemnize the marriage after the expiry of three months of notice of marriage;
(vi) Solemnize a marriage forbidden by law
may be punished with imprisonment which may extend to six months or with fine of rupees ten thousand or with both.
​(2) Whoever, being bound to perform the duties imposed on him under the provisions as this Act, without just cause, refuse, or willfully neglects or omits to perform any of the duties so imposed on him shall be punished with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees.
26. Correction of errors.—(1) Every person charged with the registration of any marriage finds any error in the form or substance of any entry in any register may correct the error by entry in the margin, without any alteration in the original entry.
​(2) The authority making such corrections shall sign the marginal entry with date.
​(3) Any suo moto correction made by him shall be made only after notice to the parties to the marriage.
​27. Validity of other mode of marriage.—Nothing contained in this Act shall affect the validity of any marriage not solemnized under the provisions of this Act nor shall affect the validity of any other mode of contracting or solemnizing marriage among Christians.
​28. Power to make rules.—(1) Government may by notification in the Gazette make rules, either prospectively or retrospectively for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Act.
​(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-
(a) The duties and powers of marriage officers and the areas of their jurisdiction.
​(b) The manner of conducting enquiry under the Act
(c) The form and manner in which any books and register required under this Act to be maintained
​(d) The fees that may be levied under the Act
​(e) The manner in which notice shall be published
​(f) Any other matter which may be or required to be prescribed
​(3) Every rule made under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before the Legislative Assembly, while it in session, for a total period of fourteen days, which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions and if, before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following, the Legislative Assembly makes any modification in the rule or decides that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be, so however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.
​29. Repeal and saving.—The Cochin Christian Civil Marriage Act, 1095 (Act V of 1095) is hereby repealed and the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872 (Central Act 15 of 1872) shall cease to be in force in the Malabar district referred to in sub section (2) of section 5 of the States Reorganization Act, 1956 (Central Act 37 of 1956)
​Provided that such repeal or cessation shall not effect,--
(a) The previous operation of the said enactment or anything duly done or suffered thereunder;
​(b) Any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under the said enactment;
​(c) Any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offence committed against the said enactment; or
​(d) Any investigation, legal proceedings or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, forfeiture or punishment as aforesaid, and any such investigation, legal proceedings or remedy may be instituted, continued or enforced, and any such penalty, forfeiture or punishment may be imposed as if this Act has not been passed.

SCHEDULE
DEGREE OF PROHIBITED RELATIONSHIP
Part I
1. Mother
2. Father’s widow (step mother)
3. Mother’s mother
4. Mother’s father’s widow (step great grandmother)
5. Mother’s mother’s mother
6. Mother’s mother’s father’s widow (step great grandmother)
7. Mother’s father’s mother
8. Mother’s father’s widow (step great grandmother)
9. Father’s mother
10. Father’s father’s widow (step grandmother)
11. Father’s mother’s mother
12. Father’s mother’s father’s widow (step grandmother)
13. Father’s father’s mother
14. Father’s father’s father’s widow (step great grandmother)
15. Daughter
16. Son’s widow
17. Daughter’s daughter
18. Daughter’s son’s widow
19. Son’s daughter
20. Son’s son’s widow
21. Daughter’s daughter’s daughter
22. Daughter’s daughter’s son’s widow
23. Daughter’s son’s son’s daughter
24. Daughter’s son’s son’s widow
25. Son’s daughter’s daughter
26. Son’s daughter’s son’s widow
27. Son’s son’s daughter
28. Son’s son’s son’s widow
29. Sister
30. Sister’s daughter
31. Brother’s daughter
32. Mother’s sister
33. Father’s sister
34. Father’s brother’s daughter
35. Father’s sister’s daughter
36. Mother’s sister’s daughter
37. Mother’s brother’s daughter
38. Wife’s mother
39. Wife’s father’s mother
40. Wife’s mother’s mother

Explanation: - For the purpose of this part, the expression ‘Widow’ includes a divorced wife.

Part II

1. Father
2. Mother’s husband (step-father)
3. Father’s father
4. Father’s mother’s father
5. Father’s father’s father
6. Father’s father’s mother’s husband (step-great-grandfather)
7. Father’s mother’s father
8. Father’s mother’s husband (step-great-grandfather)
9. Mother’s father
10. Mother’s mother’s husband (step-grandfather)
11. Mother’s father’s father
12. Mother’s father’s mother’s husband (step-great-grandfather)
13. Mother’s mother’s father
14. Mother’s mother’s mother’s husband (step-great-grandfather)
15. Son
16. Daughter’s husband
17. Son’s son
18. Son’s daughter’s husband

Statement of Objects and Reasons

The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872 provides for the solemnization of marriage of Christians. Applicability of the Act extends to whole of India except to the territories of erstwhile Travancore Cochin States, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore the Act is applicable to the erstwhile Malabar area of the State.
2. Cochin Christian Civil marriage Act, 1095 is applicable to solemnization of marriage of Christians in the erstwhile Cochin area of the State. But there are no similar enactments applicable to erstwhile Travancore area. So Government has decided to enact a law for the solemnization of marriage of Christians applicable to the whole of State.
​3. This Bill is intended to achieve the above object.

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1 year 10 months ago #921 by marriage attorney
But there is a doubt whether this bill enacted in Kerala or not. Can anybody confirm?

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6 months 3 weeks ago #951 by marriage attorney
The Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872
The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872, says that all Christian marriages will be solemnized under its own provisions. In addition to that, by the virtue of Sec. 4, it states that, apart from Christian-Christian marriages, the marriage of a Christian with a non-Christian can also be solemnized under this Act.
The over-all conditions are same as for the other marriages, i.e. the marriage should take place with free consent of both the parties, bride and bridegroom should be of 18 and 21 years respectively, and neither party can have a spouse living.
Apart from this, following procedure is to be followed if marriage is performed under this Act:
• Notice of intended marriage
If both, bride and groom, reside in the same area, either party will have to notify the Minister of Religion of their intention to marry by the way of a notice. If both the parties reside in different areas, each party has to make a separate notice in writing to the Marriage Registrar located within their areas of residence.
The notice has certain important details like-
• If any of the party is minor: The father, if living, of the minor, or, if the father is dead, the guardian of the minor, and, in case there is no such guardian, then the mother of the minor, may give consent to the minor’s marriage, and such consent is hereby required for the same marriage, unless no person authorized to give such consent be resident in India.
• The Minister then issues certificate in fulfilment of the notice to solemnize the marriage.
• Persons authorized to solemnize: According to Sec. 5 of the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872, the following people are competent to solemnize a marriage. Marriages solemnized by any one other than these individual will stand void-
1. A Clergyman of the Church of Scotland, as long as that such marriage be solemnized according to the rules, rites, customs and ceremonies of the Church of Scotland,
2. A Minister of Religion licensed under this Act to solemnize marriages,
3. In the presence of, a Marriage Registrar appointed under this Act or by him.
4. A individual licensed under this Act to grant certificates of marriage between Indian Christians.
Performance of marriage
A Christian Marriage is performed between parties to the marriage according to the rituals that are regarded as proper and essential as per a Minister or Priest performing the marriage. The marriage rituals require presence of two witnesses apart from the minister or the priest performing the marriage.
If a marriage doesn’t gets performed within the period of two months after the issuance of the certificate of notice, such a marriage cannot be performed after the lapse of the two month period, and then a fresh certificate of notice has to be applied for in order to solemnize the marriage.
Marriage Registration
• The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872, under Part IV deals with the marriage registration performed under this Act. The parties are required to make an application for the marriage registration to the concerned authority in whose Jurisdiction either of the party has been residing. The Marriage Register is where the Registrar, who is present and performs the marriage of the couple, registers the marriage.
• An acknowledgement slip of the registration is signed by both the parties to the marriage along with their witnesses and this is attached to the register as a proof that the marriage was registered. These acknowledgement slips are sent out at the end of the month to the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
• Indian Christian marriages may also be endorsed under a special provision without a prior notice.
Documents Required:
1. The complete Application Form
2. Passport Size Photographs
3. The Marriage Certificate issued by the Minister of Priest who performed the marriage
4. Proof of Residence and Age of the Parties
5. An Affidavit certifying the mental and marital status of both parties.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #968 by marriage attorney
THE KERALA REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES (COMMON) RULES 2008

The same rule will apply to register Christian marriage registration in all over Kerala

All marriages solemnized in the State after the commencement of these Rules shall compulsorily be registered irrespective of religion of the parties. Marriages are registered at panchayat/municipalities/corporation offices. Application has to be submitted within 45 days from the date of solemnization of marriage. There is prescribed form for filing application (Form No.1) which is available free of cost at the offices of the registrar. Parties to the marriages and two witnesses should be present at the time of registration. A registration fee of rupees one hundred shall be payable along with the submission of the memorandum for registration.(marriage certificate fee of Rs.20/- can also be paid at the time of registration. ie; total Rs.120/-). For SC/ST/BPL persons fee for registration will be Rs.10/-

Documents needed for registration:
1) Memorandum in duplicate in Form No. I along with one passport size photo each of husband and wife (Total three photos needed. Two photos for affixing in memorandum and one in marriage register )

(2)A copy of the certificate of marriage issued by the religious authority concerned or a declaration from a Gazetted Officer/Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly/Member of a Local Self Government Institutions in Form No. II
(3) Attested copy of S.S.L.C Book/passport/driving licence/extract of school admission register or other records issued by Government showing date of birth

Delay registration:
Marriages solemnized after the commencement of these Rules, in respect of which no memorandum is filed within the period of forty-five days and a period of one year has not expired from the date of such solemnization, may be registered subject to sub-rule (3) by the Local Registrar after imposing a fine of rupees one hundred. In such cases the memorandum shall be filed together with a declaration from a Gazetted Officer/Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly/Member of a Local Self Government Institutions in Form No. II appended to these Rules or with any other document to prove the solemnization of the marriage to the satisfaction of the Local Registrar.

Registration of marriages after one year:Marriages solemnized after the commencement of these Rules in respect of which no memorandum for registration is filed within one year of its solemnization and marriages solemnized before the commencement of these Rules in respect of which no memorandum for registration was filed before the expiry of 31-12-2010 shall subject to sub-rule (3) of Rule 9, be registered, by the Local Registrar with the permission of the Deputy director of panchayat and on payment of a fine of rupees two hundred and fifty. In such cases also the memorandum shall be filed together with a declaration from a Gazetted Officer/Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly/Member of Local Self Government Institutions in Form No. II appended to these Rules.

Common Marriage Registrations - Furnishing of application using web service
Important Notice:-
As regards any matter mentioned in these notes, the Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules 2008 and amendments there on with directions from appropriate authorities issued from time to time are final and binding.
General Information
1. Under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (common) Rules 2008, registration of marriages became mandatory, for the marriages which was solemnized since 29.02.2008. Accordingly all the Grama Panchayats, Municipalities, Corporations and Kannur Cantonment are designated as registration units and are carrying out registration as per the said rules
2. Marriages are to be registered in the respective Grama Panchayat, Municipality or Corporation where the marriage is solemnised. For this purpose, the parties to a marriage shall prepare a memorandum in duplicate in FORM I and submit the same to the concerned local body with the prescribed fee of ten rupees for BPL, SC/ST and one hundred for others. The memorandum should be signed by both parties to the marriage along with two persons as witnesses. The form should be accompanied by copy of the certificate to prove age, marriage solemnisation etc.
3. If the application is submitted after 45 days of solemnisation and within one year of marriage, a certificate in Form II with a fine of rupees one hundred should also be remitted. If submitted after one year, the application should be accompanied by a fine of rupees two hundred and fifty. In cases of delayed applications submitted after one year of solemnisation, the registration will be done only after getting condonation from Registrar General (Deputy Director of Panchayat) of the concerned District.
4. The following Documents are to be submitted along with Form 1:-
i. Attested copy of the certificate to prove age of husband
ii. Attested copy of the certificate to prove age of wife
iii. Copy of the certificate from auditorium or marriage place / religious authority concerned or a declaration in form II from a MP/MLA/Gazetted officer/ Member of Local Self Government Institution, regarding solemnization of marriages.
iv. Marriage invitation letter (optional)
v. Form 2 certified by a Gazetted officer or elected representatives or any other proof of solemnisation of marriage to the satisfaction of Local Registrar/Registrar General in case of delayed applications
vi. For age proof documents such as SSLC book, driving license, Passport, School admission register, or other records issued by Government will be accepted.
5. The husband and wife should appear personally before the Registrar and sign in the marriage Register. A fee of Rupees 10 is to be paid for getting marriage certificate
6. The present process of marriage registration is time consuming, as the registration officials have to enter all the required details in form 1 electronically. (Form III register manually where no electronic registration is done )
7. To ease out the time consuming process, Information Kerala Mission had developed a module in the Civil Registration (Common Marriage) application software for e-furnishing application of marriage registration form (Form I) under common marriage rules.
8. By utilising this facility, an electronic copy of Form 1 can be submitted through web alongwith uploaded scanned photos for registration of marriages under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (common) Rules 2008.
9. This can be done only in the Local bodies where the following facilities are available :-
i. Registration under Common Marriage rules are carried out using Sevana Civil Registration (Common Marriage) application software.
ii. Local bodies established KSWAN or BSNL-VPN connectivity.
iii. Birth, Death and Ma
THE KERALA REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES (COMMON) RULES 2008

All marriages solemnized in the State after the commencement of these Rules shall compulsorily be registered irrespective of religion of the parties. Marriages are registered at panchayat/municipalities/corporation offices. Application has to be submitted within 45 days from the date of solemnization of marriage. There is prescribed form for filing application (Form No.1) which is available free of cost at the offices of the registrar. Parties to the marriages and two witnesses should be present at the time of registration. A registration fee of rupees one hundred shall be payable along with the submission of the memorandum for registration.(marriage certificate fee of Rs.20/- can also be paid at the time of registration. ie; total Rs.120/-). For SC/ST/BPL persons fee for registration will be Rs.10/-

Documents needed for registration:
1) Memorandum in duplicate in Form No. I along with one passport size photo each of husband and wife (Total three photos needed. Two photos for affixing in memorandum and one in marriage register )

(2)A copy of the certificate of marriage issued by the religious authority concerned or a declaration from a Gazetted Officer/Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly/Member of a Local Self Government Institutions in Form No. II
(3) Attested copy of S.S.L.C Book/passport/driving licence/extract of school admission register or other records issued by Government showing date of birth

Delay registration:
Marriages solemnized after the commencement of these Rules, in respect of which no memorandum is filed within the period of forty-five days and a period of one year has not expired from the date of such solemnization, may be registered subject to sub-rule (3) by the Local Registrar after imposing a fine of rupees one hundred. In such cases the memorandum shall be filed together with a declaration from a Gazetted Officer/Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly/Member of a Local Self Government Institutions in Form No. II appended to these Rules or with any other document to prove the solemnization of the marriage to the satisfaction of the Local Registrar.

Registration of marriages after one year:Marriages solemnized after the commencement of these Rules in respect of which no memorandum for registration is filed within one year of its solemnization and marriages solemnized before the commencement of these Rules in respect of which no memorandum for registration was filed before the expiry of 31-12-2010 shall subject to sub-rule (3) of Rule 9, be registered, by the Local Registrar with the permission of the Deputy director of panchayat and on payment of a fine of rupees two hundred and fifty. In such cases also the memorandum shall be filed together with a declaration from a Gazetted Officer/Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly/Member of Local Self Government Institutions in Form No. II appended to these Rules.

Common Marriage Registrations - Furnishing of application using web service
Important Notice:-
As regards any matter mentioned in these notes, the Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules 2008 and amendments there on with directions from appropriate authorities issued from time to time are final and binding.
General Information
1. Under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (common) Rules 2008, registration of marriages became mandatory, for the marriages which was solemnized since 29.02.2008. Accordingly all the Grama Panchayats, Municipalities, Corporations and Kannur Cantonment are designated as registration units and are carrying out registration as per the said rules
2. Marriages are to be registered in the respective Grama Panchayat, Municipality or Corporation where the marriage is solemnised. For this purpose, the parties to a marriage shall prepare a memorandum in duplicate in FORM I and submit the same to the concerned local body with the prescribed fee of ten rupees for BPL, SC/ST and one hundred for others. The memorandum should be signed by both parties to the marriage along with two persons as witnesses. The form should be accompanied by copy of the certificate to prove age, marriage solemnisation etc.
3. If the application is submitted after 45 days of solemnisation and within one year of marriage, a certificate in Form II with a fine of rupees one hundred should also be remitted. If submitted after one year, the application should be accompanied by a fine of rupees two hundred and fifty. In cases of delayed applications submitted after one year of solemnisation, the registration will be done only after getting condonation from Registrar General (Deputy Director of Panchayat) of the concerned District.
4. The following Documents are to be submitted along with Form 1:-
i. Attested copy of the certificate to prove age of husband
ii. Attested copy of the certificate to prove age of wife
iii. Copy of the certificate from auditorium or marriage place / religious authority concerned or a declaration in form II from a MP/MLA/Gazetted officer/ Member of Local Self Government Institution, regarding solemnization of marriages.
iv. Marriage invitation letter (optional)
v. Form 2 certified by a Gazetted officer or elected representatives or any other proof of solemnisation of marriage to the satisfaction of Local Registrar/Registrar General in case of delayed applications
vi. For age proof documents such as SSLC book, driving license, Passport, School admission register, or other records issued by Government will be accepted.
5. The husband and wife should appear personally before the Registrar and sign in the marriage Register. A fee of Rupees 10 is to be paid for getting marriage certificate
6. The present process of marriage registration is time consuming, as the registration officials have to enter all the required details in form 1 electronically. (Form III register manually where no electronic registration is done )
7. To ease out the time consuming process, Information Kerala Mission had developed a module in the Civil Registration (Common Marriage) application software for e-furnishing application of marriage registration form (Form I) under common marriage rules.
8. By utilising this facility, an electronic copy of Form 1 can be submitted through web alongwith uploaded scanned photos for registration of marriages under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (common) Rules 2008.
9. This can be done only in the Local bodies where the following facilities are available :-
i. Registration under Common Marriage rules are carried out using Sevana Civil Registration (Common Marriage) application software.
ii. Local bodies established KSWAN or BSNL-VPN connectivity.
iii. Birth, Death and Marriage data is maintained, uploaded and updated regularly to the State Data Centre.
iv. The local bodies who have updated the Masters.
Important Notice:-
v. The e-furnishing of data will not be considered as the statutory filing of memorandum for marriage registration as prescribed in the rule.
vi. As per the existing rule, the husband and wife should appear before the registrar for signing for registration of the marriage.

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6 months 2 weeks ago - 6 months 2 weeks ago #969 by marriage attorney
Recently i read this news regarding marriage registration process within short period in Kerala. May be marriage can be made easy in Kerala in future

" Newly-married couples in the city could get their marriage certificates right on the day of their wedding very soon. The civic body, in a bid to simplify the intricate procedure, involved in getting marriage certificates will introduce online collection of data directly from marriage venues modelled on process of birth and death registration in hospitals.
As per the plan, data entry which generally consumes a lot of time resulting in delays could be initiated at the time of booking a hall or a religious place for marriage. The team from health wing which handles data entry in hospital kiosks will collect data directly from auditoriums, temples, mosques and churches after a booking is done.
The person who books the hall needs to carry school certificates, passport-size photos, attested documents proving addresses of the bride and bridegroom to the auditorium while booking a hall,which will be converted into soft copies and uploaded on Sevana software. Once marriage is held, the couple need to turn up at the corporation office, produce the certificate from auditorium or any other marriage venue and pay the registration fee to receive the marriage certificate. The details would be uploaded much early as the team would have prepared the soft copies right at the time of booking of the marriage venue itself.
"The main advantage of this system is that data entry could be completed well in advance. It is a long process and once this is processed early, issuance of certificates could be done exactly on the same day of marriage provided it is not a holiday," said Anoop Roy, an official with the health wing.
At present, it takes 7-15 days for marriages to get registered and for the issuance of certificates. The couple needs to be present in office to fill in Form 1 and 2 and the application for registering marriage. After data entry, the application is forwarded to the section where photos and scanned and documents are uploaded online. Whenever there is a technical glitch, the entire process gets delayed. The couples who expect to receive marriage certificates within seven days for overseas trips fail to get it done due to technical problems.
"Once the process begins from the day of booking, it could be monitored online and even if there is some problem it could be sorted out very early. We are looking to bring all venues of marriage under this online platform," said health standing committee chairman K Sreekumar.
The city corporation will implement the system in association with Information Kerala mission. A new server will be introduced as per the system. "The civic body already has an online registration system using which documents and photos can be uploaded. However, even then applicants are required to be physically present to sign the applications before submission. With the new system, couples need to come to the corporation office once," said another official."
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