South African law recognizes three types of marriage: civil marriages, customary marriages, and civil unions. The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the solemnisation and registration of these marriages.


If you enter into a civil marriage or civil union, you will receive a free handwritten marriage certificate at the ceremony. If your marriage has been registered in South Africa and your marriage certificate is in your possession, you may request a copy of your marriage certificate from the Department of Home Affairs. Abridged marriage certificates are free for the first issue, but unabridged certificates must be purchased thereafter. An unabridged marriage certificate will be issued if one partner has died and proof of your marriage is required.


In South Africa, a customary marriage is defined as one that is negotiated, celebrated, or concluded in accordance with one of the indigenous African traditional law systems. To make your customary marriage legal, you must register it within three months of its celebration or date of entry. It is possible to do this by visiting the Department of Home Affairs offices.

What Is the Process for Obtaining a Copy of My Marriage Certificate in South Africa?

The process of getting a marriage certificate in South Africa may seem simple. However, if you are not familiar with the steps involved and attempt the process on your own, you may encounter considerable delays and expenses.


If you decide to do it yourself, you may have to wait for months, and in some cases, even years to obtain your document. However, Doc Assist may be able to assist within a matter of weeks. Get in touch with our team today for further information or to begin the process of getting your marriage certificate in South Africa.



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