How to Apply for Marriage Registration in Mumbai By Avani Mishra - June 3, 2020 Last Updated at: Nov 10, 2020 6266 In April 2020, the Bombay High Court declared a marriage registration certificate obtained by a Thane resident and his partner as null and void, as it was obtained without performing any marriage rites. The High Court has upheld the judgment of the District family court pronounced earlier in 2017. Every marriage is a solemn affair, ritualized by certain customs and rules that lead to the eventual union of two people in love. However, legally speaking – this may not be enough. Marriage Registration in Mumbai is essentially a contract, whereby the state grants recognition to the sphere of marital freedom and with it, bestows a bundle of rights. These rights include a set of conjugal rights – such as the woman’s right to maintenance, property rights, the right to have children or adopt them, a future succession of property, tax payments, taking joint loans, or owning joint investments, etc. This makes registration of marriage, an essential step in the process of creating your new life with your partner. In this article, we discuss how to apply for marriage registration, with a specific focus on the procedures involved in Mumbai. Online Process for Marriage Registration in Mumbai In Mumbai, the process of marriage registration can easily be completed online by visiting the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation website’s online services portal. This can be directly accessed from the link – https://portal.mcgm.gov.in/irj/portal/anonymous/qlamregistration. You have the option of filling the registration details in either English or Marathi. This is known as the Memorandum of Marriage – Form D. With Vakilsearch, you can register your marriage in 3 steps. We collect all the necessary documents from you. The professional set up a court date that is fine with you. We ensure you receive the marriage certificate hassle-free Details required for Marriage Registration The following details would be required – Date of marriage and marriage card certifying the date Place of marriage, with the exact address details of street, city, state and pin codes Details of the groom – you would be required to furnish the following details of the husband – Name Religion by Birth Religion by adoption Age on solemnization of marriage Status on marriage – whether unmarried, widowed or divorcee Occupation Address Contact details such as the mobile number and email address Details of the bride The following details of the bride would be required Maiden name, middle name and last name Religion by birth Religion by adoption Status at the time of marriage – whether unmarried, widowed or divorcee Residential address before or at the time of marriage Witnesses In Mumbai and many other cities, the marriage laws require the presence of at least two witnesses that testify the marriage. The following details of the witness, who should be over 21 years of age would be required Name Title Relationship with the married couple Residential address and contact details apply for Marriage registration Priest In most marriages, a priest would be present to solemnize the rituals. The law requires the priest to submit his details as proof of the actual solemnization of marriage. The priest’s name, residential address, date of birth, and contact details would be required. His name and signature would additionally be required to be uploaded as a document. Documents required A set of documents is required to be uploaded online, and hence, it’s a good idea to keep this document stack ready by printing, signing (wherever required), and scanning these for easy upload. Memorandum of marriage Form D details (as mentioned above) Proof of Age Attested photocopy of any one of the following 1. For Bride Any of the documents showing the age of the bride to be at least 18 years. Additionally, if there’s a discrepancy in an age in documents, you must only upload the one that serves as a proof of having completed 18 years. School/ College leaving certificate Birth certificate Passport Domicile certificate SSC / HSC certificate 2. For Bridegroom Anyone of the documents as proof of having completed the age of 21 years. School/ College leaving certificate Birth certificate Passport Domicile certificate SSC / HSC certificate Passport size photographs of both bride and the groom Address proof of the witnesses – Any of the following – telephone bill, electricity bill, ration card, election card, passport, or Aadhar would be sufficient proof. This would be required for all three witnesses. Copy of wedding card Priests signature and name Nikahnama: In case both bride and groom are of Muslim religion Nikahnama to be produced (If Nikahnama is issued in Urdu should be translated in English by the party) Since marriage laws in India are codified according to religions (such as the Hindu Marriage Act, Muslim Marriages Act, etc), if the Husband and Wife are of a different religion then as per the act either Husband or Wife have to convert his/her religion to match the religion of another to the said marriage prior to the date of marriage. In this case, if one of the parties is converting himself/herself from his/her own religion (by birth) and adopting the religion of the second party then they should produce following documents (if applicable) 3. Final step On clicking “Continue” at the bottom of the page after filing Form D, you will get to an upload page for documents and a payment of page whereby a nominal fee would charge towards the process of registration. Getting a Mumbai marriage certificate offline You can also get the certificate offline by submitting the above information documents and filling in the details at the office of the sub-registrar of your area. Why You should avail Mumbai Marriage Certificate? It is a legal record of the marriage It assures the minimum age It helps widows to claim inheritance It helps in checking polygamy or bigamy It helps in immigration benefits.