How to get your marriage registered without going through a tout

ragvesh
ragvesh / 4 yrs ago /
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I wanted to get my marriage registered.  I could not get my wife to agree to hire the services of a tout because I knew her staple response "if a Supreme Court lawyer and a social activist cannot get their marriage registered without a tout it is a sorry state of affairs for them and the country".  So with my fate sealed in this manner I set out on a the gargantuan task to deal with the government without a tout on a complicated issue of getting my marriage registered.  I first googled "how to get your marriage registered in delhi" and was pleasantly surprised to find the following information on the Delhi Government website but my experience showed that this information is incomplete / incorrect :


Marriage Certificate   

 

A marriage which has already been solemnised can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable in cases where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs or where they have converted into any of these religions. Where either of the husband or wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Further, marriage can be solemnised between any two persons under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954.


Registration of Marriages which have already been solemnised.

 

Q. Where do I have to go and during which hours?

To the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate in whose jurisdiction any of the husband or wife resides, during 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on any working day.Click Here to obtain the contact address of the SDM in whose jurisdiction in your colony lies.

Q. Which papers/documents/fees, do I take with me?

  1. Application form duly signed by both husband and wife.
  2. Documentary evidence of date of birth of parties (Matriculation Certificate / Passport / Birth Certificate) Minimum age of both parties is 21 years at the time of registration under the Special Marriage Act.
  3. Ration card of husband or wife whose area SDM has been approached for the certificate.
  4. In case of Special Marriage Act, documentary evidence regarding stay in Delhi of the parties for more than 30 days (ration card or report from the concerned SHO).
  5. Affidavit by both the parties stating place and date of marriage, date of birth, marital status at the time of marriage and nationality.
  6. Two passport size photographs of both the parties and one marriage photograph.
  7. Marriage invitation card, if available.
  8. If marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest is required who solemnized the marriage.
  9. Rs. 100/- in case of Hindu Marriage Act and Rs.150/- in case of Special Marriage Act to be deposited with the cashier of District and the receipt should be attached with the application form.
  10. Affirmation that the parties are not related to each other within the prohibited degree of relationship as per Hindu Marriage Act or Special Marriage Act as the case may be. For details of such relationships Click here.
  11. Attested copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.
  12. In case one of the parties belong to other than Hindu, Budhist, Jain and Sikh religions, a conversion certificate from the priest who solemnized the marriage(in case of Hindu Marriage Act).

All documents excluding receipt should be attested by a Gazetted Officer.

Q. What will be the criteria used while deciding my case?

A) Hindu Marriage Act

Verification of all the documents is carried out on the date of application and a day is fixed and communicated to the parties for registration. On the said day, both parties, alongwith a Gazetted Officer who attended their marriage, need to be present before the SDM. The Certificate is issued on the same day.

B) Special Marriage Act

Both parties are required to be present after submission of documents for issuance of public notice inviting objections. One copy of notice is pasted on the notice board of the office and copy of the notice is sent by registered post to both parties as per address given by them. Registration is done 30 days after the date of notice after deciding any objection that may have been received during that period by the SDM. Both parties alongwith three witnesses are required to be present on the date of registration.

Q. What are the relevant Forms?

Click here for Application Form for registration of marriage under Hindu Marriage Act.
Click here for Application Form for registration of marriage under Special Marriage Act.
Click here for Identification Certificate by Gazetted Officer
Click here for Affidavit

Q. When will I get a response?

You should be getting a response normally within 15 days in case of registration of marriage under Hindu Marriage Act and 60 days under Special Marriage Act.

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Solemnisation of Marriage under Special Marriage Act

Special Marriage Act, 1954 provides for solemnisation of marriages in accordance with the provisions of the Act. SDMs/ADMs/Deputy Commissioners have been authorised as Marriage Officers for this purpose.

Q. Where do I have to go and during which hours?

To the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate in whose jurisdiction any of the husband or wife resides, during 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 Noon on any working day. Click Here to obtain the contact address of the SDM in whose jurisdiction in your colony lies.

Q. Which papers/documents/fees, do I take with me?

  1. Application form duly filled and signed by the bride and the groom.
  2. Fee of Rs.15/- is to be deposited with cashier of District and the receipt should be attached with the form.
  3. Documentary evidence of date of birth of both parties (Matriculation Certificate/Passport/Birth Certificate).
  4. Documentary evidence regarding stay in Delhi of one of the parties for more than 30 days (ration card or report from the concerned SHO).
  5. Separate affidavits from bride and groom giving:
    1. Date of birth.
    2. Present marital status: unmarried/widower/ divorcee.
    3. Affirmation that the parties are not related to each other within the degree of prohibited relationship defined in the Special Marriage Act.
  6. Passport size photographs of both parties (2 copies each) duly attested by a Gazetted Officer.
  7. Copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower.

Q. What will be the criteria used while deciding my case?

For solemnization of marriage, presence of both parties is required after submission of documents of issuance of notice of intended marriage. A copy of the notice is pasted on the office notice board by the SDM. Any person may within 30 days of issue of notice , file objection to the intended marriages. In such a case, the SDM shall not solemnise the marriage until he has decided the objection, within 30 days of its receipt. If the SDM refuses to solemnise the marriage, any of the parties may file an appeal within 30 days to the District Court. In case no objection is received, the SDM solemnises the marriage after 30 days of the notice. Both parties alongwith 3 witnesses are required to be present on the date of solemnisation of marriage. It is advisable to submit names of witnesses atleast one day in advance.

Q. What are the relevant Forms?

Click here for relevant Form 

Q. When will I get a response?

You should be getting a response normally within 60 days."

 

 

So I thought that this looks simple and got all the documents in order. Thereafter, began the search for a gazetted officer to verify that you are you...even the bloody photos had to be attested by the officer.  After a little bit of further search I found that the Delhi Government had become very considerate and I could apply online too.  I made the said application and the the computer told me that I had to present myself four days later before the Addl DM, Vasant Vihar with the listed documents and my marriage would be registered.  So I proudly told my wife that everything was in order and she just has to take leave from office for one day and certificate would be in our hand. 

 

On the appointed day I found to my horror that ADM, Vasant Vihar does not sit in Vasant Vihar but in Kapasera that is near Najafgarh.   So my wife and I set out on the journey to Kapasera.  We reached sharp at 10 to avoid delays.  I went to the Addl D M's office and tried to find out what was my number in the list of the Applications for registration of marriages.  I was told told that the online Applications are not taken into consideration at which my wife, a social activist, got very upset and started fighting with them which turned out to be an an act akin to banging your head against the wall.  Tired of answering my wife's questions the clerk asked us to produce the Application with the documents.  The Application that was downloaded from the website of the DC South West Delhi turned out to be an incorrect Application.  In addition to the listed forms we were also required to  furnish a witness who had to fill in another form stating that he had attended our marriage and identified us, was a PAN card holder and would present himself on the next date of hearing.  There was also an argument about the size of the marriage photograph but the clerk ultimately conceded that the size was nowhere specified so anyt size would do.  Though the instruction require only one out of the couple to furnish the address proof but the clerk abolutely insisted that both of us had to furnish address proof.  We tried to meet the Addl DM to curtly refused because he looked very busy doing nothing.  In a minute he called us in when I got a very dear friend of mine, who also happens to be in the IAS,  call him up.  He met us very nicely offerred us tea but no help at all.  So hearing admonishment from my wife with my tail between my legs I came back to go to the same office the next day without my wife with all the documents not specified in the website and secretly paid the clerk  certain  consideration and secured the date on which I was required to be present again with my wife and the witness.  Let us see if I get my marriage certificate on that date......(to be contd...)

 

 


vikas / / 9 months ago
vikas

what if i missed the appointment date


lovekesh / / 1 year ago
lovekesh

The Official Sitting in SDM Office are harrassing the people, as such there is no defined set of documents to be submitted with the form. Online registration is useless and time wastage. Its better to visit SDM office personally and get the marraige registered. Be prepared to pay 4-5 visits to the office.


Kulwant / / 1 year ago
Kulwant

is it possible to get it registered with only one husband/wife present... forgive me for the thought but paying some bribe will be less than my return fight tickets. Form can be signed and posted.


ragvesh / / 1 year ago
ragvesh

I did apply online but the guys did not honor the appointment by finding useless faults with my docs so i made the docs as per their wishes and got the marriage registered. So even if u missed the appointment it is no loss just go to the SDM office personally and seek an appointment. i speak from Delhi experience so i dont know if it applies to other places


ragvesh / / 1 year ago
ragvesh

online doesnt help


Shilpi / / 1 year ago
Shilpi

Waiting for the rest of the story.


Shilpi / / 1 year ago
Shilpi

Did you register online?


Shilpi / / 1 year ago
Shilpi

Hi, I applied online to get my marriage registered. However I could not make it to the SHO office on the designated day because of some reasons. Now when I try to fill the form online again, it says already registered.

Can you please let me know how I can get another appointment date for marriage registration.

Thanks in advance!

-Shilpi


Tarun Trehan / / 1 year ago
Tarun Trehan

Hi, I have posted a step by step guide for marriage registration at the following link :
http://allzhere.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/marriage-registration-procedure-in-delhi/
I hope it helps !!!


ragvesh / / 4 yrs ago
ragvesh

Yahoo...got my marriage registered without a tout :)


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