How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?
There are 3 versions of the Marriage Certificate with a 4th of option. They are:
Manual Certificate: This is the certificate you are given on your wedding day by the Marriage Officer. This is simply a blank A5 certificate with your details hand written on it and signed by the Marriage Officer.
Abridged Certificate: This is a printed version of the manual certificate. This can be obtained with one visit to any Home Affairs office. You will need to complete form DHA 130. You can download this form here. The cost is around R25.
Unabridged Certificate: This certificate has more information on it as well the information of the Marriage Officer. It is signed and stamped as well. For no good reason this certificate takes anything from 4 to 12 weeks to obtain and requires two visits to home affairs, one to apply and the 2nd to collect. The cost is around R70. The same for is used to apply for it. An unabridged certificate if often required for anything that involves a foreign country i.e. if you’re immigrating, applying for a foreign passport or registering your marriage in another country. The official process will most times require you submit a copy of an unabridged certificate. It is a good idea to get an unabridged certificate when you do not need it. Just keep it on file until it is needed. It can be very stressful applying for one when it is needed in just a few weeks.
4th option – unabridged certificate with apostille. In some cases this option is required. This is the same unabridged certificate as described above with the additional step that it has been verified by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Once the unabridged certificate has been obtained it has to be taken to Foreign Affairs and they add their Apostille stamp to it. There are a number of services that can assist with this process.
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