Marriage certificate is issued to the Indian citizens by Marriage Officer/Registrar of marriage, who is the District Magistrate under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 or, under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 (XXV), the Rajasthan Hindu Marriage Registration Rules 1956, etc.
The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable in cases where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs or in cases, where they have converted into any of these religions.
Whereas, if either one of the husband or wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs, their marriage is registered under The Special Marriage Act, 1954.
The Supreme Court has directed that marriages must be registered to consider them legitimate, respective of the caste, creed or religion.
Under different marriage acts the prescribed application form is to be filled-up for marriage registration purpose. The application form is available at the District Magistrate office.
All the documents must be attested by a gazetted officer.
Marriage certificate remains valid until the marriage remains.
A fee may be charged for issuing a marriage certificate.
After getting the filled application from the bride and groom, the Registrar of Marriage issues a one month notice to the bride's as well as groom’s parents for any claims and objections. A copy of the notice is also pasted on the notice board. If no claims or objections are received from both the parties, then within one-month, the Registrar registers the marriage under the Marriage Act in the presence of the couple and 3 witnesses. The marriage certificate is then issued to the couple.
There are 2 ways through which you can apply for a marriage certificate. These have been described explicitly below:
A resident can approach the nearest e-mitra centre to complete formalities required for obtaining a marriage certificate.
The district administration of Jaipur has taken the online route so as to make the process of marriage registration simpler. Under this new system, e-mitra centres will become the collection point of all relevant documents required for getting a marriage certificate. Any couple interested in getting their marriage registered will now have to provide the copy of various documents substantiating the proof of marriage to the person present at the e-mitra centre.
The documents would be scanned and sent to the concerned authority in the district administration. Once the formalities are completed, the person applying for the registration would get a message on his mobile number, informing him about the date and time of his appointment at the collectorate.
On the designated date, the married couple should carry the original documents to the collectorate. Once the officer meets them personally, the registration process will be completed.
This facility will be available only for couples living in the country and NRI’s won’t be able to benefit from it.
The below link can be visited to view the marriage registration form:
Special Marriage Act Form: