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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO HAVE YOUR MARRIAGE REGISTERED AT HOME AFFAIRS.

 

There are two, distinct pieces to getting married.

 

The first, is the ceremony, or love stuff, which most of this website is dedicated to.

 

The second, and arguably more important but most neglected, is the civil aspect, or legal stuff, which  involves registration of your marriage at Home Affairs. This page will hopefully answer any questions you may have regarding the civil registration of your marriage.

 

To register your marriage at Home Affairs we will need certain documents.

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For couples where both groom and bride are South African citizens:

 

 - A copy of both your IDs

 

 - 3 x colour ID photos

 

 - A copy of 2 witnesses IDs/passports

 

 - A copy of divorce or death decrees of previous spouses, if applicable.

 

Note: For those of you who are divorced or widowed, please make sure that Home Affairs have correctly recorded your marriage status. Incorrect records delay the registration of your new marriage.

 

 - If you're drawing up an ante-nuptial agreement, we will need a letter from your lawyer to that effect.

 

 - Your thumbprints (we will do this at your rehearsal).

 

Note: We will certify all copies of your documents. To do this, however, we must see the originals.

For couples where one of you is NOT a South African Citizen (this means you do not have an SA ID):

 

 - A copy of the SA citizen's ID.

 

 - A copy of the front page of the foreigner's passport.

 

 - A copy of the Visa page of the foreigner's passport.

 

Note: Please make sure your Visa is valid and up-to-date.

 

 - 3 x colour ID photos.

 

 - A copy of 2 witnesses IDs/passports.

 

 - A copy of divorce or death decrees of previous spouses, if applicable.

 

Note: SA citizens, please make sure that Home Affairs have correctly recorded your marriage status as divorced. Incorrect records will delay the registration of your new marriage. Foreign citizens, if your divorce decree is from your home country and is in a language other than English please have it translated.

 

 - The foreigner will need a letter of non-impediment (this is a certificate from your country of citizenship confirming that there are no legal impediments to you getting married).

 

Note: British Authorities do not supply a letter of non-impediment to Commonwealth countries—of which SA is one. If you are a British Citizen, a sworn Affidavit stating that you are not married and that you know of no legal impediment to your intended marriage to a South African is accepted by the SA Dept of Home Affairs.

 

 - You will be required to sign an Affidavit (we will supply this—it's called a BI-31),  which verifies that you do not have a South African ID and will be using your international passport as a means of documentation. It also states that you understand that by marrying a South Africa citizen you will not automatically qualify for SA citizenship.

 

- If you're drawing up an ante-nuptial agreement, we will need a letter from your lawyer to that effect.

 

 - Both of you will need to attend a pre-arranged interview with an immigration officer at the Dept of Home Affairs where your marriage officer is registered. In our case, at Randburg Home Affairs office.

 

 Note: The address for the Randburg Department of Home Affairs is 198 Malibongwe Dr, Randburg.

 

Note: One, or both of you will need to go into the Randburg DHA—with a copy of your ID or Passport—to make an appointment with the immigrations official. Then both of you will need to meet with the official on the prearranged date. When the immigrations officer is happy she/he will write a letter giving you permission to marry.

 

Note: We will certify all copies of your documents. To do this, however, we must see the originals.

For couples where both groom and bride ARE FOREIGN CITIZENS coming to SA to get married:

 

There are a few possible ways for you to manage the legal aspect of your Marriage in South Africa:

 

The first option would be to legally marry your home country. Your event in South Africa will simply be a celebration of what already exists  and no documentation or information will be required for Home Affairs.

 

You can also have your marriage legally solemnised in South Africa—but without being registered onto the South African Population Registry. In this case, you will receive an Abridged Marriage Certificate (DHA 27) and the right to receive an Unabridged Marriage Certificate (which may be needed to register your marriage in the country of your choice).

 

To obtain this Unabridged Marriage Certificate it is best to personally apply at the nearest Home Affairs Branch while in South Africa.

 

If you are unable to do this yourself, you can authorise a family member to apply for the Unabridged Marriage Certificate on your behalf. You’ll need to write a letter giving this family member permission to make the application and to later collect the certificate and you’ll need to send a copy of their ID and documents as listed below.

 

A third option would be to apply through your nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.

 

Documentation Required:

 

 - A copy of the front page of your passports.

 

 - A copy of the Visa Page in your passports – or the last entry stamp through customs.

 

Note: Please make sure your Visas are valid and up-to-date.

 

 - 3 x ID photos each.

 

 - A copy of any divorce or death decrees of previous spouses, if applicable.

 

Note: If your divorce or death decree from your home country is in a language other than English please have it translated.

 

 - A letter of non-impediment (this is a certificate from your country of citizenship confirming that there are no legal impediments to you getting married).

 

Note: British Authorities do not supply a letter of non-impediment to Commonwealth countries—of which SA is one. If you are a British Citizen, a sworn Affidavit stating that you are not married and that you know of no legal impediment to your intended marriage is accepted by the SA Dept of Home Affairs.

 

Note: We will certify all copies of your documents. To do this, however, we must see the originals.

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