A marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 allows people from two different religious backgrounds to come together in the bond of marriage. The Special Marriage Act, 1954 lays down the procedure for both solemnization and registration of marriage, where either the husband or wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, or Sikhs.
According to this Act, the couples have to serve a notice with the relevant documents to the Marriage Officer 30 days before the intended date of the marriage. However, while this process has been enabled online on https://www.courtmarriagedelhi.in/, the couple will have to visit the marriage officer for the solemnization of marriage.
Registration process Special Marriage Act:-
1- Both parties are required to be present after the submission of documents for issuance of public notice inviting objections.
2- One copy of the notice is posted on the notice board of the office and a copy of the notice is sent by registered post to both parties as per the given address.
3- Registration is done 30 days after the date of notice after deciding any objection that may have been received during that period by the SDM/ Marriage Officer
4- Both parties along with three witnesses are required to be present on the date of registration.
Important documents to carry along:-
1- Application form duly signed by both husband and wife.
2- Documentary evidence of the date of birth of parties (Matriculation Certificate / Passport / Birth Certificate) Minimum age of both parties is 18, 21 years at the time of registration under the Special Marriage Act.
3- Ration card of husband or wife whose area SDM has been approached for the certificate.
4- In the case of the Special Marriage Act, documentary evidence regarding the stay in Delhi of the parties for more than 30 days (ration card or report from the concerned SHO).
5- Affidavit by both the parties stating place and date of marriage, date of birth, marital status at the time of marriage, and nationality.
6- Passport size photographs of both the parties.