The Procedure of Marriage Certificate Attestation in India

by Mani Tyagi Mani

An authorized declaration that two people are married to each other is called a marriage certificate. After the civil registration of the marriage, in most jurisdictions, the certificate is issued by a government official.


What is marriage certificate attestation?

When you plan to visit or settle in a foreign country, to validate the authenticity of the marriage certificate, the attestation of the document is mandatory. The marriage certificate attestation in India is proof to other countries you’re planning to visit or settle that you are legally married. This attestation is useful when you are procuring a family residential visa for your spouse. For further processing, the issuing authorities would need specific documents. The validation of a marriage certificate can be issued by the country where the marriage was held.


The time taken for marriage certification depends on various aspects such as, for which country the attestation is required, what sort of documents are needed, or the state your require it from. Usually, the attestation process takes more than a week or two but in several cases it can stretch up to a month. Getting a marriage certificate attestation for some countries can be tedious and time-consuming process, therefore many people prefer to hire the attestation services for a smoother process. 


The procedure of certification in India

1.    Notary Attestation

Before all the other procedures, the certification by the notary is the first step in the attestation in India of personal documents. The attestation from the local notary is acquired in the form of a signature and stamp. For any legislation concerning the verification, the notary is the primary necessity.


2.    Home department Attestation

This is the second step of legalization of personal document. The State Home Department carries out the certification for the personal document. Marriage certificate, birth certificate and death certificate are included in the personal document. This department is confined to carry out the verification for the personal documents and to attest the documents, the authorities employed are the only ones allowed to do so.


3.    Sub-Divisional Magistrate Attestation

SMD is an alternative for the Home Department in some cases or as per the embassy requirement. SDM is standalone of the main government and works independently.


4.    Ministry of External Affair stamp

After the MEA stamp is applied to the document, it is the last stage of legalizing the document from the home government. Ministry of External Affair is the central department that concerns with the foreign affairs of the country.


5.    Embassy Attestation

It is carried out by the official of the concerned country the documents are being certified for. For most nations, this is the last step of the certification after the Ministry of External Affairs.


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