Indian Citizens above marriageable age (18 years for the bride and 21 years for the groom), without a living spouse, not suffering from mental disorder and the intended relationship not within the degrees of prohibited relationship can apply for registration of marriage. The prohibited relationship includes:
Two persons are said to be related to each other by full blood if they are descendents from a common ancestor by the same wife and by half blood when they are descended from a common ancestor but by different wives. Two persons are said to be related to each other by uterine blood when they are descended form a common ancestress but by different husbands.
Applicants who get married under the Hindu customs can get their marriage registered within one month of the actual marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 (Section 8) by applying to the office of the Sub-Registrar in prescribed form along with relevant proof of marriage.
Marriage Officer (normally, Additional District Magistrate & Collector) of the Office of the District Magistrate & Collector is designated as the Marriage Officer.
The concerned forms are sold at the Office of the District Magistrate & Collector for Rs.10/-. In case the parties request to solemnize the marriage at their premises and the same is entertained by the Marriage Officer, an advance fee of Rs.145/- is required to be deposited in the form of Treasury Challan.
The concerned forms are available at the Office of the Sub-Registrars. Certified copies of marriage certificate under Hindu Marriage Act are available form the Office of the Sub-Registrars at a cost of Rs.100/-.
The application forms are available for issuing notice for marriage, indicative affidavits under section 5, affidavit for registration of marriage section 15 and form for Registration of Special Marriage.
On receipt of an objection, the Marriage Officer shall not solemnize the marriage until he has inquired into the objection and decided against the merit of the objection or the objection is withdrawn by the person making it. The marriage Officer is required to complete the inquiry within 30 days of receipt of the objection and take a decision.
In case the Marriage Officer upholds the objection and refuses to solemnize the marriage, either party to the intended marriage may, within a period of 30 days from the date of refusal, prefer an appeal to the District Court, whose decision on this appeal shall be final, and the Marriage Officer shall act in conformity with the decision of the court.