Some time people confuse about registration and court marriage but in reality there is a big difference in both. The marriage registration means that a marriage has been solemnized earlier and you want to register it later and certificate given by marriage registrar is of registration of marriage but marriage is a marriage where marriage is solemnized between the parties in a law court as per law and a certificate of solemnization of court marriage is given. Secondly the marriage registrar for marriage registration under Hindu marriage Act 1955 is Executive Magistrate but for court marriage its Deputy Commissioner.
Hindu Marriage Act Section 8 lays down the provision of marriage registration and gives State Government ample power to make rules regarding this. The marriage registration in this act is voluntary.
Generally the Hindu marriages are registered under Hindu Marriage Act or Special Marriage Act. The basic requirements are given below:-
1. Five Passport Size joint Photographs - of Marrying Persons.
2. Residential Proof (Voter Card,Passport,Ration Car,Driving License or any proof accepted for voting right ) of each Marrying Persons.
3. Date of Birth Proof (Municipal Corporation Certificate, Examination Certificate showing date of birth, Passport, PAN Card) of each Marrying Persons).
4. If any party is divorcee Certified copy of Decree of Divorce granted by the Court.
5. If any party is widow / widower Death Certificate of the dead spouse.
6. If any party is a Foreign Citizen or holding a foreign Passport or is having foreign residential address :- Certificate of Present Marital Status of the party,No Impediment Certificate, NOC from concerned Embassy and Valid VISA.
7. Two Witnesses ( Both should be respectable of Village, Municipality ).
8. Photograph of Marriage.
9. Marriage Invitation Card of each.
10. Affidavit by both the parties.
11. Affidavit of Name change (if applicable).
12. Challan of 150/- with the cashier for registration under Hindu Marriage Act (In Punja) and Rs. 10/- in other states of India (very according to local laws).
13. Certificate of concerned Pujari, Granthi certifying the marriage.
14. All the document should be attested by Govt. officer, Public Notary.