MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES - FOREIGNERS
- PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
If you are a “Foreigner”,
PLEASE check with your authorities in YOUR country of residence, and
establish whether or not you will require an UNABRIDGED MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
and an APOSTILE for your country. The
issuing of “Unabridged Certificates” is a function of our Home Affairs and the
married Couple must apply in person before leaving South Africa. If you require an UNABRIDGED
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, one can be obtained from the South African Department of
Home Affairs and usually takes 1-2 weeks to obtain. Take a copy of your
certified Marriage Certificate as issued to you by your Minister, and
a copy of your Marriage Register, to HOME AFFAIRS, WYNBERG, and approx.
ZAR100.00. ONLY Home Affairs can issue the Unabridged Marriage
Certificate. Please note that it can take more than a week to apply for your
Unabridged Marriage Cert. in South Africa. The Wedding Minister may NOT in
terms of our Home Affairs Rules apply for or on behalf of the couple.
See also - http://www.passportassist.co.za/index.php/services/unabridged-marriage-certificates
An Unabridged Marriage Certificates get
stamped “Apostille” at the any South African court by the Chief Magistrate, as
authentication of certificate and issue. Thus its the Legalisation of official
South African public documents executed within South Africa for use outside
the Republic of South Africa by means of an Apostille Certificate or a
Certificate of Authentication.
following authorities issue certificates
of authentication: http://www.apostilleinfo.com/southafrica.htm
NOTE: YOUR MINISTER CANNOT MAKE ANY GUARANTEES
AS TO HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO OBTAIN YOUR UNABRIDGED CERTIFICATE. THIS IS A
FUNCTION OF THE DEPT. OF HOME AFFAIRS. PLEASE ALLOW FOR THIS IN YOUR
OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED:
APPLICATION FORM to be completed in
PRINT and in BLACK INK
[COLOUR] SCANNED Copies of your
Passports + TVP’s (Temporary Visitor’s Permits as stamped in Passports on entry
[COLOUR] SCANNED Copies of 2
Witnesses ID’s or Passports (over
21years of age)
of Residency for both Bride &
Groom, (Foreigners ONLY) (Eg. A current
Account – Rates/Bank/School Fund payment)
Contract (Letter from Lawyer
confirming ANC has been registered MUST REACH the Wedding Officiant 4 days
prior to the wedding) PLEASE TAKE NOTE: In SOUTH AFRICA you are, by default,
married “in community of property”. If
you want it to be any different and you wish to draw up an Antenuptial
Contract, contact your lawyer for advice.
Colour ID photos each (the wedding couple
of 1st page of Divorce Decree (if
either of you have been divorced) MUST HAVE COURT STAMP, CASE NUMBER AND DATE
OF DIVORCE, and identify the 2 parties divorced. Foreigners must Apostille the
copy of Death Certificate (if
widowed) Foreigners must Apostille the Death Cert.
of “Non-Impediment” (if
non-residents of South Africa) – you MUST present a document from your home
country that you are “not currently married” and this document MUST HAVE AN
APOSTILE STAMP. PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Residents of the UK ONLY are required to
present a notarised Sworn Affidavit (as you will not be able to obtain a Letter
of Non Impediment in the UK) / OR, get a
letter from your Home Office stating that “they do not issue letters of
Thumbprints – MUST BE taken by the
Wedding Officiant prior to the wedding.
you are “under age” eg Male 18, Female
15, we require a letter from the Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa, or
if you are a Foreigner, letters from both your Social Welfare and Home Office.
you are between 18 and 21 you require a
letter from BOTH your parents on the Official Home Affairs Consent Form,
obtainable from the Wedding Officiant.
the case of REFUGEES or ASYLUM SEEKERS,
we need a VALID PERMIT with a CR NUMBER on it as well as the Immigration
Requirement (see above).
Foreigners please remember: - All
divorce papers, Letter of Impediment, death certificate and any other Official
documentation (except your passport, TVP, proof of residence) must BE APOSTILED
by the Authorities in your country.
originals should be presented to your
Wedding Minister / Officer for verification.
Africans must present a copy of their
Identity Book and not their Passport.
you are not a South African citizen,
please hand in a copy of your TVP – Temporary Visiting Permit, residence
permit, refugee permit with CR Number or asylum seekers permit with CR
Number. Expired Permits will not be
Both parties accept that “Unabridged Marriage Certificates” are not the
responsibility of the Church, but rather that of Home Affairs South Africa, and
as such, the Couple must apply in person as ONLY Home Affairs can issue such
document and it can only be collected by the nominated party concerned. PLEASE
NOTE: Should the Couple require an
APOSTILE for either the Marriage Certificate or the Unabridged Marriage
Certificate (or both), they must ensure that they allow enough time during
their vacation to do so. Only a CHIEF
MAGISTRATE can assist you in obtaining an Apostile. However, friends or family
residing in South Africa may assist in this matter.
REMEMBER, a South African
Marriage cert. does not
automatically allow you to stay in the country. You need to make proper
application at THE SOUTH AFRICAN HOME AFFAIRS or the SOUTH AFRICAN CONSULATE IN
YOUR COUNTRY. You have to COMPLY with
your VISA and IMMIGRATION TEMPORARY VISITOR’S PERMIT.