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Karnataka Marriage Certificate

The Hindu Marriage Law applies only to Hindus (Hindus, Buddhists, Brahma, Ariyasamage), but the Special Marriage Law applies to all nations, regardless of religion, caste or language. Read this blog to learn everything related to the process involved in registering a marriage in Karnataka and the Documents Required for Marriage Registration in Karnataka

If you are a resident of Karnataka and if you are soon to get married, it’s mandatory for you to register your marriage under the Indian Marriage Acts and get a marriage registration certificate. A Court marriage certificate is a legal document that is termed valid and proves the marriage status.

This is a necessary document, especially for married women. In India, marriage registration can be done under the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, the Special Marriage Act of 1954, or the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act of 1936.

The Hindu Marriage Law applies only to  Hindus (Hindus, Buddhists, Brahma, Ariyasamage), but the Special Marriage Law applies to all nations, regardless of religion, caste or language.  The 1936 Parsis Marriage and Divorce Act applies to Parsis and Zoroastrians.

Now, as you have acquired a few important details regarding the marriage Acts in India, let’s get straight to every other detail related to the process of registering a marriage in Karnataka. 

What is the Eligibility for Obtaining a Karnataka Marriage Certificate

Basically, you will have to be married to be able to register your marriage in Karnataka. The eligibility for obtaining a marriage certificate in Karnataka is as follows:

  • The groom should be of minimum 21 years of age;
  • The bride should have finished a minimum of 18 years of age.

The List of a Few Important Documents for Registration of Karnataka Marriage Certificate

The following documents are required to register the marriage in Karnataka and obtain a marriage certificate: 

Serial No. Documents required Details
1. Passport-sized photo 2 photos each for the bride and the bridegroom. 
2. 2B size Photographs Total 6 joint photographs.
3. Marriage photo of the couple 2  photos of the couple in their wedding dress taking part in the wedding rituals with family in attendance.
4. Wedding card Submit the original wedding card. 
5. Address proof Both bride and bridegroom can submit any documents: passport, a rental contract, property tax receipt, utility bill, voter ID, and driver’s license.
6. Proof of age  Both bride and bridegroom can submit a 10th class certificate, passport or birth certificate for age proof. 
7. Proof of identity  For both the couple, the documents will be the same as mentioned for the address proof above.
8. Affidavit of marriage A separate affidavit will be submitted in the government’s format. 
9. Affidavit of name change This is for the bride’s surname change after the marriage. 
10. Newspaper A newspaper containing a name change notice was published in the official bulletin.
11 Application form  The application form should be duly signed by the bride and the bridegroom. 

Important Points to Remember While Arranging the Documents

When you start arranging the documents for registering your marriage in Karnataka, you will have to keep a few documents handy. They are as follows:

  • Carry the Aadhar card as it will be necessary for the process;
  • The documents should be self-attested;
  • At least one applicant must have a government-issued address certificate;
  • Keep all the originals for the process of verification. 

How Can You Apply for a Karnataka Marriage Certificate

Before diving into the details of the process of Marriage Registration Online in Karnataka, you must download and submit the registration application and receive confirmation. Also, you will need direct access to your nearest registrar or registrar’s office to obtain a certificate.
  •  Visit the official website of the Government of Karnataka and select a district; 
  • Enter the bridegroom’s details and select “Register Marriage Certificate”;
  • You will need to fill out the marriage certificate form and select the booking date;
  • When you submit the form online, you will receive a confirmation with a temporary number printed;
  • Take a printout of the confirmation and bring it to the registrar’s office on your appointment date. 

Step-by-step Procedure for Obtaining a Marriage Certificate

Here are the steps that have to be followed to obtain a marriage certificate in Karnataka –

Step 1 Collect three applications (Form No. 1 under Rule 4 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955) from your local sub-registrar office.  Please note that the jurisdiction is based on the place of residence of the bride and groom, not the place of marriage.
Step 2

The three witnesses must sign all three copies of the form. 

 Witnesses must be adults. 

 The witness can be anyone who attends the ceremony. If possible, close relatives (ideally the applicant’s parents).

The witnesses must carry an age certificate, address certificate, and two photos with them when they accompany the couple to the registrar’s office.

Step 3 Submit the filled form to your sub-registrar and the required documents.
Step 4 If the submission is successful, the applicant’s couple will receive six printouts of the information present in the application.
Step 5

The bride and groom must sign all six printouts. 

Two copies of the same (marriage certificate) are returned to the couple, and the rest are kept in the registrar for official records.


In this article, we have covered everything that you should know about marriage registration in Karnataka. From the documents required to obtain a marriage certificate to the step-by-step process, we have covered all the aspects of marriage registration.

Earlier, marriage registration used to happen offline, wherein the bride and the groom had to visit the government marriage office. And now, with the advent of technology and the digitization of government processes, marriage registration can be done online, from the comfort of your home.

You may or may not be aware that the Government of Karnataka has launched an online portal called the “Kaveri Online Service” for marriage certificates. Here, you can upload the necessary documents and register your marriage. Once your documents are verified, you will receive the certificate by post or email.  

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