Marriage Certificate

How to Obtain Marriage Certificate

How to apply: Applicant has to apply in the prescribed form. The age limit for Bridegroom 21 years and Bride is 18 years

What Document to attach:

Bride and Bridegroom age proof (Leaving Certificate or Passport or birth Certificate or Domicile Certificate or SSC Board Certificate)

Bride & Bridegroom residential proof (Ration Card or Passport or Election card or Light bill and Telephone bill of own name)

Photograph of both Bride and Bridegroom

Application to be made in the prescribed form duly signed by Husband & Wife

Wedding Card (In case of non availability of Wedding card, stamp Paper Affidavit of both husband wife and three witnesses is required)

Why marriage certificate is required

For obtaining a passport

Changing your maiden name

And on the death of the spouse marriage certificate can save from various legal formalities





Obtain Marriage Certificate


What is a Marriage Certificate and Why is it Needed?

A Marriage Certificate is the proof of registration of a marriage. The need for a Marriage Certificate arises in case you need to prove that you are legally married to someone, for purposes like obtaining a passport, changing your maiden name, etc.

Legal Framework

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). 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.

The Hindu Marriage Act provides for registration of an already solemnised marriage. It does not provide for solemnisation of a marriage by the Registrar. The Special Marriage Act provides for solemnisation of a marriage as well as registration by a Marriage Officer.

What You Need to Do to Obtain a Marriage Certificate

Under the Hindu Marriage Act:

Parties to the marriage have to apply to the Registrar in whose jurisdiction the marriage is solemnised or to the Registrar in whose jurisdiction either party to the marriage has been residing at least for six months immediately preceding the date of marriage. Both the parties have to appear before the Registrar along with their parents or guardians or other witnesses within one month from the date of marriage. There is a provision for condonation of delay up to 5 years, by the Registrar, and thereafter by the District Registrar concerned.

Under the Special Marriage Act:

The parties to the intended marriage have to give a notice to the Marriage Officer in whose jurisdiction at least one of the parties has resided for not less than 30 days prior to the date of notice. It should be affixed at some conspicuous place in his office. If either of the parties is residing in the area of another Marriage Officer, a copy of the notice should be sent to him for similar publication. The marriage may be solemnised after the expiry of one month from the date of publication of the notice, if no objections are received. If any objections are received, the Marriage Officer has to enquire into them and take a decision either to solemnise the marriage or to refuse it. Registration will be done after solemnisation of the marriage.

Any marriage already celebrated can also be registered under the Special Marriage Act after giving a public notice of 30 days, subject to conditions. However, as stated above, the bridegroom and the bride must have completed 21 years and 18 years of age respectively.



Ration Card

Ration Card is the important document which is very useful in various documentation processes.

Ration Card can be present for

  • Address Proof
  • Date of Birth Proof

Ration Card as a proof can be use for

  • Opening of Bank Account
  • Opening of Demat and Trading Account
  • Investing in Mutual Funds
  • To buy Life Insurance and various other investment products


An application in the prescribed format is to be submitted along with a copy of residential proof such as

  • House rent receipt,
  • Bank passbook,
  • Electricity/telephone bill,
  • Driving licence, etc.


Apply for Ration Card

What is a Ration Card and Why is it Needed?

A Ration Card is a document issued under an order or authority of the State Government, as per the Public Distribution System, for the purchase of essential commodities from fair price shops. State Governments issue distinctive Ration Cards to Above Poverty Line, Below Poverty Line and Antyodaya families and conduct periodical review and checking of Ration Cards.

A Ration Card is a very useful document for Indian citizens. It helps save money by aiding in the procurement of essential commodities at a subsidised rate. It has also become an important tool of identification now-a-days. You may need to produce a copy of your Ration Card as proof of identification when applying for other documents like Domicile Certificate, for inclusion of your name in the Electoral Rolls, etc.

Families living below the poverty line are entitled to Blue Cards, under which they can avail special subsidies. In addition to permanent Ration Cards, States also issue temporary Ration Cards, which are valid for a specified number of months, and are issued for relief purposes.

What You Need to Do to Obtain a Ration Card

You may obtain the application form for making a new Consumer (Ration) Card from any Circle Office. You will require passport-sized photographs of the head of your family attested by a gazetted officer/MLA/MP/Municipal Councillor, the specified proof(s) of residence, and the Surrender/Deletion Certificate of the previous Ration Card, if there was any.

In case you are not able to provide any proof of residence, the Circle FSO conducts spot inquiries by recording the statements of two independent witnesses in your neighbourhood. The standard prescribed time schedule for the preparation of a Ration Card is generally 15 days. However, the procedure and time limit may vary from State to State.

There is also a provision for making amendments to valid Ration Cards.