LEGAL DOCUMENTS TO PERFORM A CIVIL MARRIAGE FOR:

SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS


The marriage officer requires the following legal documents to perform a legal marriage:

    • Three  colored identity document size photos of the bride and bridegroom each
    • Two (2) clear uncertified copies of the bride/bridegroom’s identity documents each. (ORIGINAL IDENTITY DOCUMENT TO BE PROVIDED ON DATE OF MARRIAGE TO CONFIRM CERTIFIED COPIES)
    • Proof of residential address is required (No postal address is acceptable)
    • If getting married out of community of property, an ANC in English from the attorney on a proper letterhead signed and stamped by the attorney will be required
    • Two (2) witnesses are required for the signing of the marriage register (One on each side of the Bride and the Bridegroom)
      • The witnesses MUST be South African Citizens and older than 18 years
    • Two(2) clear uncertified copies of identity documents of both witnesses are required (ORIGINAL IDENTITY DOCUMENTS HAS TO BE PROVIDED ON DAY OF THE MARRIAGE)
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO NOTE:

    • A temporary identity document is acceptable but should not be older than 3 MONTHS
    • NO birth certificates are at all acceptable
    • If you were previously married  and now divorced we require 2 clear English translated copies of the FINAL DECREE OF DIVORCE signed and stamped by the COURT (NO SUMMONS OR SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED)
    • If you were previously married and your spouse is deceased, 2 clear English translated copies of the death certificate will be required (ORIGINAL DEATH CERTIFICATE MUST BE PROVIDED)
    • The couple will on the day of the marriage receive the original DH30 (marriage register) and also the DH27 (handwritten marriage certificate)
    • It is the responsibility of the marriage officer to have the marriage registered within 3 DAYS after the Marriage was performed at the DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS