Jammu and Kashmir Marriage Registration Certificate
Jammu and Kashmir Marriage Registration Certificate
The government issues a marriage certificate as an official declaration of marriage occurring within a jurisdiction. The certificate is granted to the couple only after the registration of marriage. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining a Jammu and Kashmir marriage registration certificate in detail.
Benefits of Obtaining Marriage Certificate
In India, marriage registration is compulsory under law. Besides the legal framework, obtaining a marriage certificate serves various purposes. Some of the benefits are below:
- Marriage certificate is a legal document which establishes the rights of women in marriage. Some of the women issues which mandate the certificate are as follows.
- It ensures the minimum age for marriage to prevent child marriages (girl brides).
- To help women to exercise their rights of shelter from husband and for custody of children
- To check bigamy or polygamy
- To act as a deterrent to husbands deserting their wives
- Marriage certificate is essential for the couple to travel abroad using a spouse visa.
- To possess a joint bank account of wife and husband requires proof of marriage.
- While applying for a passport, to obtain a visa, a marriage certificate is necessary
- Enables the spouse to claim life insurance return or bank deposits in the case of demise of the Insurer or depositor without any nominee.
- A marriage certificate prevents abandonment. In the case of the death of either of the partners, a marriage certificate allows the inheritance of the property.
Registration of Marriage
The marriage should be first registered to get the certificate. To get the marriage registered, the couples have to apply to the Sub Divisional Magistrate under whose jurisdiction the marriage took place or where either of the spouses has stayed for at least of 6 months before the marriage. To register, any one of the following places should come under the jurisdiction of the Registering Officer:
- Residence of the bridegroom.
- Residence of the bride.
- Solemnization place.
In India, the applicant can register a marriage either under the Hindu Marriage Act or the Special Marriage Act. The Hindu Marriage Act applies to Hindus, whereas the Special Marriage Act applies to all citizens of India irrespective of their religion.
The groom and the bride should comply with the following eligibility conditions to acquire the marriage certificate.
- The groom and the bride should be a citizen of India and a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir to obtain the marriage certificate therein.
- The groom should have attained the age of 21 years, and the bride must be 18 years of age at the time of the marriage.
- At the time of the marriage, neither party should have a living spouse.
To apply for the marriage certificate, submit the following documents along with the application form:
- Duly filled application form
- Residence certificate or any other certificate to prove nationality and residential address.
- Birth certificate of bride and groom
- Death certificate in case of widow or widower for re-marriage
- Order/Degree from the competent court in case of divorce
- Panchayat report
- Police verification report on submission of Form A
- Passport-size photos – 4 each
Jammu and Kashmir Hindu Marriage Registration
A Hindu marriage that has been solemnized in the State should be compulsorily registered before the Registrar of Marriages. All Tehsildars should be the Registrar of Marriages for the whole of their respective Tehsils or Niabats. In the absence of Tehsildars, Naib- tehsildar will be responsible.
The Hindu party should present the application for registration of Hindu marriage in the specified form before the Registrar of the local area where the marriage was solemnized.
Both the parties to the marriage should appear personally before the Registrar while applying after which the Registrar will register the marriage and enter the particulars in the Hindu Marriage Register
Note: If the Registrar is not satisfied with the personal identification, gives notice of the application and enquires. If satisfied, the Registrar will register the marriage or else will refuse the appeal.
The application processing happens within thirty days from registration.
The Registrar charge a fee for the purpose at the rates specified below:-
(i) For registration of marriage – 100/-
(ii) For a certified copy of an entry in the Hindu Marriage Register – 25/-
Note: If the application to obtain certified copy does not contain sufficient particulars or contains incorrect particulars, a search fee of rupees fifty will be charged if the entry relates to the current year. If the entry relates to the previous years, rupees one hundred is charged.
The applicant can apply offline for the certificate after registration to the concerned Tehsil officer.
The form can be collected from the concerned office or can download from the copy of the application are below:Jammu and Kashmir Marriage Registration Form
The copy of the certificate issued is below.Jammu and Kashmir Marriage Certificate
Track Marriage Registration
The State Government of Jammu and Kashmir offers online service to track the registration. The applicant should enter the Registration id and registration date to get the registration details. On successful registration, the applicant can apply for the certified copy of the application using the registration id.