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The Complete Court Marriage Documents List You Should Bookmark

If you're going in for a court marriage, you will need to get a list of documents ready before you apply. Here's a list of court marriage documents that you will require.

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As enticing as the idea of the big fat Indian wedding is, many people prefer skipping it completely in favour of court marriage. Many others go for both as couples anyway, have to apply for a marriage certificate later. So having a court marriage and then celebrating it with near and dear ones makes sense to them. Whichever your choice may be, you will need a guide to complete your court marriage by supporting it with complete documents. Here is a detailed court marriage documents list for the very same purpose. Have a look and prepare yourself for this official process called court marriage. 

Court marriage documents list:

This list contains all the documents you will require to successfully get married in a court under the Marriage Acts under the constitution of India. You must provide these documents when you file a notice of intended marriage in the SDM's or marriage registrar’s office. At the last stage of the process, the couple signs the declaration in the presence of three witnesses and the marriage officer. But you can also solemnise the marriage elsewhere under Section 12 of Speical Marriage Act and then get a marriage certificate.

1. Duly filled the application form

Applying for marriage requires a nominal fee which is deposited with the cashier of the district. Receipt of this deposition should be attached with the form. The fee is ₹100 if you're getting married under the Hindu Marriage Act. If Special Marriage Act is applicable to you, then the fee would be ₹150.

2. Proof of Date of Birth

As a proof of date of birth, you can submit any one of these documents - Birth certificate, passport, matriculation certificate. Both the partners need to submit any of these court marriage documents. If you're submitting documents like passport, ensure that they are not expiring anytime soon.

3. Proof of residence

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It is a documentation of the fact that either one or both the partners have been residing in the district for a period of more than 30 days. For this purpose, you can submit ration card, Aadhar card, voter ID card, passport or a report from the SHO. If you're using Aadhar, ensure that your details are up-to date. 

4. Affidavits from bride and groom separately stating:

These affidavits should state these three things clearly - Date of birth, Present marital status (unmarried/widower/ divorcee) and an affirmation of the fact that both the partners are not related to each other within the degree of prohibited relationship defined in the Special Marriage Act.

5. Passport size photos of both the bride and groom

These photos should be duly attested by a gazetted officer for them to qualify for court marriage documents. Recent pictures should be used for this purpose.

6.  In case of a widower

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Death certificate of the spouse should be submitted along with other court marriage documents.

7. In case of divorce

The decree or order of divorce is a mandatory document in case of a second marriage.

8. Proof of residence of all 3 witnesses

You will be required to bring 3 witnesses along for your court marriage to get solemnised. They will be required to submit their proof of residence which could be any of the above-mentioned documents.

9. PAN card of all 3 witnesses

They will also need to carry their PAN cards along for the solemnisation of your marriage.

It is advisable that you submit the names of the witnesses at least one day before your scheduled appointment.

In 2014, the Revenue Department of Delhi government introduced a 'Tatkal' service which ensures single-day authorisation of marriage. Under this, the marriage registration process is undertaken on priority. This service provides the couple with a marriage certificate within 24 hours. Fee for this process is  ₹10,000.

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Court marriage among celebrities

1. Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge

In 2017, Zaheer Khan And Sagarika Ghatge officially tied the knot inside a court in Mumbai. Then the couple chose to celebrate the union with family and friends in Pune.

2. Ranvir Shorey and Konkona Sen Sharma

Ranvir Shorey and Konkana Sen Sharma officiated their marriage in a court in 2010. It was quite a surprise for everyone in B-town at that point in time.

3. Sanjay Dutt and Maanyata

The duo married in 2008 in a court and kept the whole affair hush-hush. They even kept it from everyone for quite some time. 

Hopefully, you will prepare a checklist or bookmark this article for whenever you are preparing all the documents for your court marriage. It would be a good measure to carry copies and e-versions of the documents. Ensuring a smooth ride with our court marriage documents list, we wish you congratulations in advance. Happy married life!

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