How to Get a Marriage Certificate in Bangalore

Getting a Marriage Certificate has become quite hassle-free in Bangalore these days. Of course, there is still ample scope for further improvement, but it’s not all that bad even now. We got our Marriage Certificate recently without paying a single Rupee as a bribe. The total procedure took about two hours.

The following is the procedure to get your marriage registered in the Sub-Registrar’s office in Koramangala BDA Complex.

NOTE: This procedure is only for Hindu marriages being registered the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Marriages between people of different communities would have to be registered under the Special Marriages Act, 1954 which has a somewhat different procedure and takes longer.

You need to go to the Sub-Registrar’s office in Koramangala with the following documents:

  1. Duly filled application form in duplicate with name, address and signatures of three witnesses. Witnesses need not be present in person. The form can be purchased in a newspaper shop within the Koramangala BDA Complex premises itself for Rs. 20. You can also download it here.
  2. Five photos of the husband and wife together in 2B format. You can go to any photo studio and tell them that you need the photos in 2B format and they will do the needful.
  3. Address, ID and age proofs of the bride and groom. Carry the originals for verification and one copy of each for submission with the form. For age proof, birth certificate or 10th standard mark sheet is demanded even if you have a Passport or some other document that mentions the age of bride and groom. But they are flexible on this and you can get by without the age proof as long as you have the other documents.
  4. One original marriage invitation card.
  5. One photo taken during the marriage, showing the bride and groom with a few attendees.

You will need to stick two of the 2B size photos on the application form itself, since it is in duplicate. The other three will be pasted on the three original copies of the Marriage Certificate, out of which one will be retained by them and two will be given to you.

On reaching the Sub-Registrar’s office, contact the designated person and submit the form to him. You can ask around if you’re unable to find the person.

The person will verify the information in the form, notably names and dates of birth, with the ID, address and age proofs submitted by you. He will also verify the date and location of marriage with that in the marriage invitation card. He will retain the invitation card and marriage photo with the application form.

After verifying all the details, he will get the Sub-Registrar’s signature on the application form. The Sub-Registrar will verify the completeness of the form before signing.

After this, the details will be entered into the computer database and a receipt will be generated upon saving the data. This will be shown to you and you must check if all the details entered are accurate and spellings are correct. If any mistakes, the data can be edited and a fresh receipt generated.

After verification, you must sign on the receipt, after which the Sub-Registrar will sign on it. Once this is done, the Marriage Certificate will be printed in triplicate. As explained before, the remaining three 2B photos will have to be pasted on these three certificates, of which one will be retained by them and the remaining two given to you.

With this, the process is complete. As for the fees, the official fees are Rs. 20 for two certified copies of Marriage Certificate as per the Govt. of Karnataka website.



  1. AshishAshish02-28-2017

    Hi ,

    I just want to check.
    Do the presence of applicants is still required.
    as u have done in 2015.
    Just want to check if the rule is still the same.
    And we are staying near BDA complex , so want to check do need to find sub registerer office for our house , or we can visit the BDA complex kormangala?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar02-28-2017

      Yes presence of applicants is naturally required. How can government declare two people as married in their absence!! You need to go to the sub-registrar office for the area you are staying in. For Koramangala it is Koramangala BDA Complex.

  2. sheshadri vsheshadri v02-23-2017

    Thanks Vijay for nice and accurate procedure of getting Marriage Certificate. It would hv been more helpful if sub registrar offices in Bangalore list also is provided s with ph Nos. Wishing you H M L

  3. NaveenNaveen02-13-2017

    Thanks for providing this articletter. Very helpful. Can we get the certificate as of a past date.. we have a court affidavit mentioning the past date as marriage date.. we however do not have any wedding card or any photos of the same.. thanks

  4. RajendrenRajendren01-27-2017

    If the bride is in different country but studied till graduation and the groom is not a residence of India what is the procedure

  5. RahulRahul12-06-2016

    Hello Vijay, thanks for the information really helpful.
    i have some queries hope you can help:

    1) I got married outside Bangalore and i do have a passport on Bangalore address but my wife doesn’t have any address proof in Bangalore, can we still apply for the certificate.
    She might get something from her company(pvt.) not sure of that could work

    2) For point 5 do we need normal size or 2B

  6. DebDeb12-01-2016

    My friend wants to regd marriage and no ceremony as such. How about marriage pics, is it Mandatory?

  7. JayJay11-23-2016

    Hello Vijay,

    Cheers! for the article, very helpful: Thanks

    1] Does any sub-registrar office in Bangalore can issue the marriage certificate or I need to goto my local address specific sub-registrar office ?

    2] In the Form I (Memorandum of marriage), Point # 3(d) & 4(d), ask about the bride and groom’s age, do I need to enter the age as it was at the time of marriage or our current age while applying for the certificate? ( sorry if it is dumb question) 🙂

    Thanks Again

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar11-24-2016

      1) You need to go to the specific sub-registrar office as per your residential address.
      2) Age at the time of marriage.

  8. saisai11-02-2016

    But I have heard that in order to get a marriage certificate the couple have to apply for it and then have to wait for 3months period for if there are any objections on it. I’m confused. Can u plz make it clear?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar11-02-2016

      Waiting is only for marriages registered under Special Marriages Act. For marriages under Hindu Marriage Act you can get the certificate on the same day.

  9. VishranthiVishranthi10-18-2016

    Hi vijay I got married in bangalore year 2006 we submitted documents n after that we became busy n couldn’t collect marriage certificate now we need for passport purpose so how do iget it or how do I know the status if it . Kindly suggest

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar10-19-2016

      If you have any application number you can check in the same registrar office, otherwise you will likely need to apply afresh.

  10. SandeepSandeep10-03-2016

    I married outside of karnataka. Can I register my marraige here. Can I submit the address proof of outside of Karnataka.


    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar10-04-2016

      Please read the blog post carefully. You can register the marriage either at place of wedding or at place of residence. You need a local address proof.

  11. VishalVishal09-29-2016

    Hi Vijay,

    Do we need to fill the form once and get 2 xerox. OR need to fill the form 3 times?

  12. VishalVishal09-28-2016

    What is usual place of residence & address in the form? Is it where we are staying currently(Bangalore), or the address before marriage?
    Is company letter head valid for address proof or electricity bill? Does it have to be in our name?
    And do we need to fill the form 3 times?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar09-29-2016

      You can mention your current place of residence in Bengaluru. Yes you need to submit it in triplicate. Electricity bill for proof should be fine if it’s in your name.

      • VishalVishal09-29-2016

        Electricity bill is not in my name. I have gas connection in my name, will that work? will bank statement work? And is address proof required for both me & my wife, or my alone is sufficient?

  13. Raj mudaliyarRaj mudaliyar09-25-2016

    Helo Mr.vijay I had married 20 yrs back nw i need to apply a mrg cer ,so in the invitation our father name should come or husband name & I married in Mumbai can I apply here.ply reply

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar09-26-2016

      You can apply in Mumbai. Not clear what your query about the invitation is.

  14. SrinivasSrinivas08-12-2016

    Appreciate such detailed info.

    “Five photos of the husband and wife together in 2B format” – i believe it means same photo 5 copies right?

    or is it 5 different photo of 1 copy each ?

    can you please clarify this.


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