The proof of registration of a marriage is A Marriage Certificate. The Marriage Certificate is needed to prove the legality of marriage for getting and official purposes like getting a passport, changing maiden name etc.
In India, a marriage can be registered under only two types (two Marriage Acts):
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 which is applicable only to Hindus and the Hindu Marriage Act provides for registration of an already solemnised marriage. It does not provide for solemnisation of a marriage by the Registrar.
The Special Marriage Act, 1954 is applicable to all citizens of India. The The Special Marriage Act provides for solemnisation of a marriage as well as registration by a Marriage Officer
Eligibility for registration are:
A minimum age limit of 21 for males and 18 for females.
The age proof of both the Bride and the Bridegroom, which can be one of the following:Leaving Certificate.
SSC Board Certificate.
The residential proof of the Bride and the Bridegroom and that can be:Ration Card.
Telephone bill of own name.
The Photograph of both the Bride and the Bridegroom.
Three Witnesses Proof that may be either of these:Ration Card.
Government Identity Card.
Wedding Card:In case of non availability of Wedding card a Rs. 100/- worth Stamp Paper Affidavit for the Husband, the wife and the three witnesses is mandatory.
In case of Divorcees:A Divorce Decree Certificate must be produced if there has been a divorcee.
Widow and widower:
In case the person to be married is a widow or widower then in that case a Municipal Death Certificate of concerned person must be produced.
All these above mentioned documents along with Original +1 attested Zerox copy of each one of them. The parties, the Bride and the Bridegroom, and the three witnesses to the marriage have to appear in person before the Registrar and sign the Memorandum.
Under Section 16 of Special Marriage Act 1954:
Application is to be made in the Recommended Form and duly signed by the Husband and the Wife.
The Marriage should have taken place anywhere in the India and both (the husband and the wife) should be living together in Marriage Officer Jurisdiction.
Under Section 16 of Special Marriage the Application should be submitted 30 days in advance.
The Residential Proof and Age Proof of both (the husband and the wife) should be attached with along with the application.