Marriage and Getting Married in South Africa
The South African requirements for getting married are stipulated in Marriage Act, №25 of 1961. Marriages may only be officiated by licensed marriage officers (often times they are church officials), or at the local branches of the Department of Home Affairs.
The fiancés and two witnesses must be present and they and the marriage officer must sign the registration form, whereupon the marriage officer will issue an abridged marriage certificate.
In order to get married, South African officials usually request the following documents:
- Copies of SA ID book/card of both Bride and Groom
- ID photos of Bride and Groom
- Copies of ID book/card/passport of witnesses
- If Divorced — a Final Divorce Decree
- If widowed — a Death Certificate of deceased spouse
- If marrying Out of Community of Property, a Ante Nuptial Contract.
- SA Home Affairs do not accept emailed documents — original documents must be handed in.
- Foreign citizens possessing a green non-SA citizen ID document are regarded as SA citizens for purpose of marriage.
- This interview is NOT necessary for marriages between two non-SA citizens.
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