The legal registration of marriage in South Africa requires certain documents to be handed to a marriage officer before the ceremony may take place.
Although marriage is ultimately built on the love two people have for each other, it’s also a legal contract between two people who wish to grow (old) together.
In this article, we provide a summary of the documents required to get married in South Africa.
Marriage laws in South Africa require foreign nationals and their future spouses to attend an interview in person with an Immigration Officer.
This can be done at their nearest Department of Home Affairs and at least two weeks before the wedding ceremony is to take place.
This interview is focused on establishing the authenticity of the marriage to circumvent the possibility of it being a marriage of convenience for the purpose of citizenship.
The following documents must be taken with to the interview:
The following documents are required for South African citizens:
The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) manages the solemnisation and registration of civil marriages, customary marriages and civil unions.
Any person who wants to get married must ensure:
The following are people who will be prohibited from entering into a legal marriage:
We provide expert legal assistance with the registration of marriage in South Africa as well as obtaining and issuing all legal documents required.
For more information about marriage laws in South Africa, or to learn more about our comprehensive legal services, contact us.
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