Check Your Marital Status | Western Cape Government

Check Your Marital Status


To prevent fraudulent marriages in South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs has created a facility that allows you to check whether you are married.


The Check Your Marital Status Campaign can help you determine whether your details have been used to register a fake, illegal marriage and you can use the following method to check your marital status:

  • Via SMS

Type the letter M and your ID number (eg M 5001010050080) and SMS it to 32551.

You can also use the SMS line to do the following checks:

  • check-marital-status
    For your ID document application status: type ID then your ID number (e.g. ID 5001010050080).
  • For your passport application status: type the letter P and then your ID number (eg P 5001010050080).
  • For your living status (whether official government records have you listed as either dead or alive): type the letter L and then your ID number (eg L 5001010050080).
  • For a duplicate ID number: type the letter D then your ID number (eg D 5001010050080).

You will receive the status directly to your cellphone via SMS.

You can also visit your local Home Affairs office or contact the call centre at 0800 60 11 90, to check your status. 

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Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 18 January 2019