How to obtain a marriage certificate in Karnataka

A Marriage Certificate is a significant document that offers proof of marriage. It is particularly necessary for married women for a number of purposes like applying for passport, applying for visa in another country, claiming bank deposits or insurance benefits in case of death of the spouse without a nomination, etc.

The state government of Karnataka is on the verge of making marriage registration compulsory in the state. In India, marriage registration is done according to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Eligibility for application for Certificate of Marriage in Karnataka

  • Bridegroom must have completed 21 years of age
  • Bride must have completed 18 years of age

Documents needed for application of Certificate of Marriage in Karnataka

The following documents are needed in original and photocopy form to be submitted along with the application form for the marriage certificate.

  • Six (6) copies of joint photographs of bridegroom and bride in a blue or white background in 2B size.
  • Two photographs of the bride and groom in marriage dress taken while the marriage ceremony was in progress and which shows that they are taking part in the ceremony.
  • One copy of wedding card.
  • Identity proof of both the bride and the groom (Pan card or Voter ID card or Passport, etc)
  • Address proof of the husband (Passport, Driving License, House Rent Agreement, Telephone Bill, Ration Card)
  • Age proof of both bride and groom (10th Std. Mark sheet with birth date on it or Passport)
  • Affidavit in case of the name change of bride after the marriage.
  • Newspaper in which the name-change information was published.

Procedure to apply for Certificate of Marriage in Karnataka

  • Visit the sub registrar office nearest to your residence and get the prescribed application form for marriage certificate from the office.
  • Or download the form from online sources like http://www.karunadu.gov.in/karigr/download/hindu%20marriage%20forms.pdf
  • Fill in the details carefully in the form. If the bride has a name change after the marriage, be sure to write the new name in the form, and not the old name
  • Get the form signed by three witnesses. Friends and relatives can act as witness
  • Submit the filled-in form and the required documents at the sub registrar office. They will verify the information and provide the applicant with six printouts of the information provided in the application form.
  • Both the bridegroom and the bride must put their signature on the printouts in the specified area
  • The printouts are then stamped and signed by the Registrar of Marriage
  • The sub registrar’s office hands over two copies of the marriage certificates to the bridegroom and the bride and retains the other copies for their official records.