Your decision to get married is one of the most significant of your life. To honor this, your wedding day will ideally be a wonderful life changing event for you. . and possibly for those who experience the celebration with you.

So, we want your day to be exceptional and memorable in the best possible way – A truly joy-filled event.

By preparing the below your officiant or pastor can streamline the process to make it as simple as possible – so that you are really freed up to enjoy your day.

It is important that all documentation is ready and correct for the signing of the register and so that you receive your Marriage Certificate on the day. The Information required is to ensure that we, your officiant or pastor, are able to prepare your documentation in advance so that this does not distract us from celebrating your wedding.

Getting married is a legal process, as well as a celebration. The documentation is required for a successful legal registration of the marriage are:

1- If you have never been married before and are both South African Citizens.

This is the most straight-forward application to Home Affairs for the registration of your marriage.  The end goal is that your Marital Status is updated from Single to Married on the Population Registry.

Documentation Required;  

  • A copy of your ID
  • A copy of your fiancé’s ID
  • 3 x ID photo’s each
  • If yours is an ante-nuptial agreement, we will need a copy of the cover letter from your lawyer.

*We no longer require that your witnesses provide their ID documentation.

Print or download your handy ‘Document checklist’ here.

2- At least one of you is now divorced or widowed and you are both South African Citizens.

This application to Home Affairs for the registration of your marriage is slightly more complicated.  The end goal is that your Marital Status is updated from Single, Divorced or Widowed to Married on the Population Registry.  There are occasions where your divorce or even widow/widower status has not been correctly amended on the Population Registry.

It is important that we verify that you are in fact divorced, widowed or single – This can be verified by visiting the Department of Home Affairs marriage status link – to ensure that Home Affairs will accept your application for your new marriage.

Documentation Required:

  • A copy of your ID
  • A copy of your fiancé’s ID
  • 3 x ID photo’s each
  • If one or both of you have been previously married, Home Affairs will require a copy of the decree of divorce/death certificate (whichever applies) which will be submitted on your behalf.
  • If yours is an ante-nuptial agreement, we will need a copy of the cover letter from your lawyer.

*We no longer require that your witnesses provide their ID documentation.

Print or download your handy ‘Document checklist’ here.

I would really like to thank Nigel for sharing his knowledge with us. I would love to hear if you found this helpful? Do you have any other questions about the ‘paper work’ side of getting married? Leave them in the comments below and we can hopefully help you to find the answers.

Much love

Rebecca

 

 

 

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