Applying for a marriage certificate
When you get married, you’ll be issued with a handwritten marriage certificate (BI-27) at no cost. For your convenience, it's best to apply for your unabridged marriage certificate from the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible thereafter.
An abridged certificate will be issued on the same day that it’s applied for. An application for an unabridged certificate takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to process.
The unabridged certificate (also known as a full marriage certificate) contains more detailed information that's sometimes required by government and financial institutions. This is the official certificate that's required should you ever plan to travel extensively, emigrate or obtain a foreign passport.
If you (or your spouse) aren’t South African, the unabridged certificate will be required to register the marriage in your home country. Your unabridged marriage certificate is usable in most circumstances both locally and internationally and is generally a better document to have.
How to apply
To apply for a new copy of your marriage certificate, you’ll need to:
Where to apply
What you need
To apply, you’ll need to:
The first issue of an abridged marriage certificate is free. A fee is required for any copies of your certificate that you request in future. Please phone a Home Affairs office to confirm the fee before you go.
Call the Home Affairs toll-free hotline 0800 601 190 to follow up on the progress of your application for an unabridged marriage certificate.
These facility categories:
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