Marriage certificates

An Abridged Typed Marriage Certificate, is issued by the Home Affairs department to the couple after the marriage. This Abridged Marriage Certificate is sufficient for couples who are living in South Africa, and it will also be accepted in certain countries overseas with an apostille  / authentication - please just confirm that the country you intend using it in will accept this version.

Both parties have to still be alive and married to each other. And we will require the 13 digit SA ID numbers

Processing Time:

+/- 1 week

Costs:

Dependent on the number of certificates required.  Please request a quote on-line or email quote@docassist.co.za

 
 
 
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A letter of non impediment is a letter issued by the Department of Home Affairs stating your marital status.

We cannot apply for a letter of no impediment on your behalf. You need to either apply in person at a Home Affairs in SA or ask a family member to do this if you are not in SA.

This is normally required if you intend getting married in an overseas country. In most instances you will require the letter of no impediment to be apostilled / authenticated by DIRCO and we will gladly assist with this for you.  We will need you to send us the original letter of no impediment in order for us to proceed with the legalisation process

Please request a quote on-line or email quote@docassist.co.za

Please provide the following information in the quote request:

1. Which country you will require the document to be legaliased for

2. To which country we need to return the document and 

3. If you require the original Letter of no impediment to legalised or a notarised copy.

We unfortunately we can not assist in the application of the letter of non impediment and there is no option to expedite this at all.

 
 
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Also know as  a "full marriage certificate"

Home Affairs locates the original marriage registration document in the archives to complete the information required for the unabridged certificate.  It contains detailed information on the particulars of the marriage.

When will you require an unabridged Marriage Certificate?

  • Emigration purposes
  • Visas for certain countries

UNABRIDGED marriage  certificate

We can assist one of two ways

Option 1 – an expedite option

You can go to Home Affairs in SA(or ask a family member in SA if you are out of the country)and apply for the unabridged certificates needed (current SA ID numbers and full details of the marriage required) - and then you can contact us to expedite those applications for you (+/-R690.00 per application  - and expediting takes +/- 3-6 weeks - this is an approximation and not a guaranteed time frame. ) On completion the unabridged certificate  will need to be collected  again at the office of application .

If your marriage was within the last 4 years - you will need to send us a copy of your marriage register. This is the document that you and your witnesses signed on the day of the marriage and you can obtain a copy from the person who married you) 

 Option 2  - new application

We can have your applications submitted via an agency we use and then it costs +/- R1580.00 an application (takes 8 weeks and possibly longer as Home Affairs have a huge backlog) - excluding return courier. 

For this option we require:

  • the copy of the  marriage certificate or IDs copies of both parties to the marriage. Please only send the scans once you have accepted the quote.
  • The Department of Home Affairs also requires a copy of the marriage register DHA30 / BI 30 (this is the document that you and your witnesses signed on the day of the marriage and can be obtained from the person who married you) for any marriage after 2000 – else the applications can take much longer than the 8 weeks.

Also if we assist with any applications older than 1950 – we cannot state how long it will take for either option I or 2

 

The costs depends on how many certificates are required.

 Please note any records older than 1950 - we will require ALL the relevant details including the 13 digit SA ID number. We will evaluate each of these applications on an Ad Hoc basis and if we feel that we would be unable to have successful application we will inform you that we will not be able to assist.

 
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When applying for certain foreign passports, for example British , Irish and German, a Vault Marriage Certificate is required. This is a copy of the original "marriage registration" that was submitted to Home Affairs by the marriage officer. This copy is then date stamped and certified by the Department of Home Affairs.

We can assist with the legalisation of vault copies if required.

VAULTS

Option 1  

You can go to Home Affairs in SA(or ask a family member in SA if you are out of the country) and apply for the vault needed - and then you can contact us to expedite those applications for you (+/-R900.00 per application ) On completion the vault certificate/s  will need to be collected  again at the office of application . - processing time can easily be 4-6 months and even a year at times.

 

Option 2

We can have your applications submitted via an agency we use and then it costs +/- R1900.00 an application (Due to the backlog at Home Affairs - they do not give  a processing time) They also do not provide feedback on applications applied for.

For this option we require:

  • the copy of the ID / birth certificate of the applicant or if it is a marriage certificate - a copy the marriage certificate or IDs copies of both parties to the marriage
  • The Department of Home Affairs also requires a copy of the marriage register for any marriage after 2000

 

Also if we assist with any applications older than 1950 – we cannot state how long it will take for either option I or 2

 

 Please note any records older than 1950 - we will require ALL the relevant details including the 13 digit SA ID number. We will evaluate each of these applications on an Ad Hoc basis and if we feel that we would be unable to have successful application we will inform you that we will not be able to assist.

 
 
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Please click on REQUEST A QUOTE above and:

  • state which document  you require assistance with 
  • complete all the details and we will gladly assist.