1. Filing Notice about the intended marriage
The first step of the procedure of court marriage is to File a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ in the specified form to the Marriage Registrar of the district in which at least one of the parties to the marriage has resided for a period of not less than 30 days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given.
2. Publishing the Notice
The marriage registrar of the district will display the notice at a prominent place at his office for 30 days. Within this period, anyone can object to the marriage if it is deemed illegal under the Act and the prescribed eligibility conditions. If there is no valid objection after 30 days from the signing of notice, the officer can proceed with the procedure of court marriage, as per the laid down court marriage rules.
3. Day of Marriage
The bride, groom, and three witnesses need to sign a declaration form in the presence of the marriage registrar or at a location that is reasonably close to the registrar’s office. The declaration would state that the parties are proceeding with the court marriage, in their consent.
4. Issuing the Court Marriage Certificate
Once all the formalities are completed, the marriage registrar inserts the details of the court marriage in the court marriage certificate. The certificate will be issued within 15 to 30 days.
Procedure of court marriage