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Solemnization/Registration of marriage under Foreign Marriage Act, 1969

1. Submission of notice of intended marriage-

Conditions:

At least one of the prospective bride or bridegroom must be an Indian National and a legal resident within the jurisdiction of the Consulate.

If any one of prospective bride or bridegroom is not an Indian National, a No objection certificate from the concerned authority or an affidavit declaring his/her marital status and willingness to marry an Indian National, duly attested by the concerned authority need to be submitted.

Three witnesses who are Indian Nationals must be physically present along with prospective bride and bridegroom at the time of submission of notice of intended marriage and also during solemnization and registration.

List of documents required:

Completed "Misc. Services" application forms with one passport size photo affixed in the box.

Original Passport of all the five individuals (Bride, Bridegroom and 3 witnesses) + 1 Photocopy (first & last page)

Copy of Proof of address (utility bill, driver license or lease agreement) of all five individuals.

Copy of valid Visa/Green Card of all five individuals.

Notice of intended marriage (4 copies) (Form-I).

Declaration by prospective bride and bridegroom in duplicate (Form-II).

Sworn Affidavit by prospective bride and bridegroom in duplicate.

Four identical, passport size, recent, photographs each of prospective bride and bridegroom.

Fee US$ 50.00 and US$ 2.00 towards ICWF.

Fee can be paid by cashier’s check or money order in favour of Consulate General of India, San Francisco. Please note that Personal checks are not allowed.

2.  Advertisement of intended marriage

After submission of notice of intended marriage, advertisement is to be published by the individuals in local English newspaper as well as English newspaper in the place of permanent residence indicated in the passport in India/concerned country. Text of advertisement is as under:

Mr. ______________________ holder of (name of country) Passport No. _____________ and Miss ___________________________________ holder of (name of country) Passport No. ________________________________ intend getting married at the Consulate General of India, San Francisco under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969 of India. Objections, if any, may be conveyed to the Consulate General of India, San Francisco within 30 days.

All the particulars must be filled in as per the passports.

Original full page of the newspapers in which the advertisements were published should be presented to Consular officer within 30 days of submission of notice of intended marriage.

3. Date of marriage

Marriage has to be solemnized within six months from the date of notice of intention of marriage presented to the marriage officer failing which the entire procedure should be repeated if the parties intend to proceed with the marriage.

Marriage officer will consult with the applicant for a convenient date of marriage.

4. Solemnization and registration of marriage

Three witnesses who were present at the time of submission of notice of intended marriage should be present at the time of marriage solemnization and registration. Please email at misc.sf@mea.gov.in to make an appointment.

All the five persons must present their original passports at the time of marriage solemnization and registration.

Registration of Marriage under section 17 of Foreign Marriage Act, 1969

Document required for Registration of Marriages solemnized in the local court in USA:

Completed "Misc. Services" application forms with one passport size photo affixed in the box.

Original Passport of all the five individuals (Bride, Bridegroom and 3 witnesses) + 1 Photocopy (first & last page)

Copy of Proof of address (utility bill, driver license or lease agreement) of all five individuals.

Copy of valid Visa/Green Card of all five individuals.

Marriage Certificate and letter from both parties requesting registration of their marriage at the Consulate.

Two identical, passport size, recent, photographs each of prospective bride and bridegroom.

Fee US$ 50.00 and US$ 2.00 towards ICWF.

Fee can be paid by cashier’s check or money order in favour of Consulate General of India, San Francisco. Please note that Personal checks are not allowed.

Three witnesses who are Indian Nationals must be physically present along with the both parties at the time marriage registration. Please email at misc.sf@mea.gov.in to make an appointment.

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