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Marriage Certificate Attestation

A marriage certificate is an official and legal document issued by the country's concerned authority, which signifies that two people have married each other.

It may be required for several reasons, including when one's spouse who is not a national needs to apply for residency in that country.

Marriage Certificate | Category of Documentation

The types of documents requiring attestation are divided into 3 categories depending on their nature, shared characteristics, and the relevant government department that needs to be contacted to get them attested. They include:

  • Educational Documents
  • Non-Educational/Personal Documents
  • Commercial Documents

Marriage certificates come under the category of non-educational/personal documents due to their nature and purpose.

Government Departments Involved in Marriage Certificate Attestation

Marriage certificate attestation requires the concerned party to submit their marriage certificate and all accompanying documents (mentioned in the next section) to the relevant and concerned government departments. These institutions include:

  • The relevant government authority responsible for issuing the marriage certificate
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country where the marriage certificate was issued
  • The localized Embassy of the country where the attested marriage certificate needs to be submitted
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the country requested marriage certificate attestation

Accompanying Documents Required for Marriage Certificate Attestation

There are certain documents one needs to submit with their marriage certificate to be attested. They are:

  • Original Marriage Certificate
  • Original National Identity Cards of both Partners
  • Original Passports of both Partners
  • Authority Letter Requesting Marriage Certificate Attestation
  • A copy of all the documents mentioned above

All these original documents and one copy of each of them need to be submitted to the relevant government departments and institutions for attestation according to the process mentioned below.

Process for Marriage Certificate Attestation

Here is the most commonly followed method of marriage certificate attestation:

Step # 1
Depending on the country where the marriage certificate was issued, the issuing authority needs to be contacted for attesting the marriage certificate.

Step # 2
After the state-level government authority attests the marriage certificate, it is sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Here, the officials verify the attestation by contacting the members of the state-level authority that attested the certificate.

Step # 3
The attested and verified marriage certificate is then submitted to the country's localized Embassy, which requested the attested marriage certificate.

Step # 4
The document is then sent to the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), which requested the marriage certificate attestation and the process are completed.

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