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Guide On How To Get Marriage Certificate Attestation In India

A marriage certificate attestation is a process of authenticating your marriage certificate for personal use in foreign countries. Without a legal marriage certificate, you won’t be able to move abroad for permanent residency or join a family member such as a spouse or parents. As a result, to use your marriage certificate in a different country, it is essential to get an attestation by MEA (Ministry Of External Affairs) India. 

However, if you are traveling to a country that is not a part of the Hague Convention then you might need to get a marriage certificate embassy attestation from the destination country’s embassy or consulate.

What Is Marriage Certificate Attestation?

Marriage certificate attestation is the process of getting your marriage certificate legalized or accepted in foreign countries. In this legalization process, MEA India put a square-shaped stamp or sticker known as an apostille. An apostille for a marriage certificate includes the following information – 

  • Name of the Country
  • Name of the recipient of the document
  • Name of the person signing the certificate
  • Date and Place of Issue
  • Type of document
  • Seal/Stamp of the authority providing the apostille 
  • Signature of the authority providing the apostille

4 Simple steps to get MEA Attestation on your Documents 

  1. Register on Attestation Portal 
  2. Collect all  Documents you want to Apostille 
  3. Submit the Original / Photocopies of documents
  4. Receive Documents with Attestation Directly to your home

Documents Required For Marriage Certificate Attestation

Below we have mentioned the documents required for marriage certificate attestation 

  • Original documents without any marks, stains, or missing information
  • Photocopy of your passport’s front and back pages
  • Photocopy of your Aadhar and driving license 
  • Your passport-size photographs

Certificate Legalization Process For Hague Convention Countries

To obtain attestation of marriage certificate by ministry of external affairs you need to follow these 4 steps: 

Local Verification – This is the first step of the legalization process. In this step, Marriage Certificates are verified by Marriage Registrar 

Notary Attestation – Once your marriage certificate is verified locally, it is then submitted to the Notary Public Offices for further authentication. In notary attestation, officials check and review all the information provided in your marriage certificate. If every information is correct and complete then a notary stamp is placed on your marriage certificate. 

State/SDM Attestation – Marriage certificate legalization can be done through either State attestation or SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate) Attestation. 

State Attestation – In this method, your marriage certificate is verified by the State that originally issued your certificate. Every detail of your marriage certificate is carefully checked by the secretariat of the district. State attestation is a lengthy and costly method as many government authorities get involved in this process. Through State Attestation method, it will take you 30 working days or more to get attestation of marriage certificate by ministry of external affairs.

SDM Attestation – Marriage certificate attestation through SDM is a better option if you want attestation quickly. Obtaining an apostille for a marriage certificate through SDM only takes 3 to 4 working days. 

MEA Attestation – After verification from all the above-mentioned authorities your marriage certificate is authenticated by MEA India. MEA attestation makes your marriage certificate legally accepted in the countries part of the Hague Convention.

It’s always better to talk to your Apostille helpline, they will guide you on which process you need.

How To Get An Attestation For Marriage Certificate

Getting a marriage certificate apostille can help you save a lot of time and effort. you need to follow these steps to get – 

  • Fill up your required details in the Apostille Registration Form
  • Submit your original marriage certificate
  • Choose the type of attestation you want (Through SDM or State) 
  • Make an online payment 
  • Wait patiently for the legalization process to complete
  • Receive your marriage certificate with an apostille from MEA

So why wait, Register with Apostille Service Today to experience fast, reliable, and secure online apostille services in India.  

Difference Between Attestation And Apostille: Explained In Detail

The term attestation has numerous variations, such as Notary Attestation, Apostille Attestation, and Embassy Attestation. The purpose of the attestation will determine which of the mentioned attestation methods you want to choose.

Notary Attestation – Notary attestation is needed if you want to use a marriage certificate within the border of India only. 

Apostille Attestation – If you want to use your marriage certificate in countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention, then you must get an apostille attestation.  

Embassy Attestation – The embassy attestation is required if you want to utilize your marriage certificate in countries that are not part of Hague Nations.

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