Services Offered


•Conducting services in either Afrikaans or English
•Solemnization and Registration of Marriage
•All Legal Requirements Completed
•Submission of Documents to Home Affairs
•Manual Marriage Certificate issued on Wedding Day

 

Services are rendered at your home, a venue of your choice or my office in Pretoria


•Just Legalities
•Just Ceremony
•Religious Ceremony and Legalities
•Non Religious Ceremony and Legalities

 

Services assist the following type of Marriages


•Marrying a Foreign National with a South African Citizen
•Marrying a Foreign National with another Foreign National
•Marrying a South African Citizen with another South African Citizen

 

Information in regards with legal requirements

Documents required to enter into a marriage

On the day of the marriage a couple must present the following documents to the person officiating at the wedding:


  1. Identity documents or Passports for Non-SA Citizens(for each person getting married)
  2. 3 ID size photos of each person getting married
  3. Identity documents or Passports for Non-SA Citizens (for the two witnesses present who must be 18 years or older)
  4. If any of the persons getting married are divorced, then the final decree of divorce should be furnished
  5. If any of the persons getting married are widowed, the deceased spouse’s death certificate must be submitted.
  6. A letter from the attorney stating the marriage contract you are entering into (if applicable). Understand the legal consequences of a marriage, particularly that marriages in South Africa are automatically in community of property, unless a valid ante-nuptial contract has been entered into before the marriage.
  7. The original letter of non-impediment if one or both of the parties is not a South African citizen. This letter should be translated in English if it is in any other language.  Please note that the Department of Home Affairs do not accept copies of this letter.

Further requirements for foreigners

If you do have a South African I.D. but it says Non-SA Citizen you are seen as a foreigner and the requirements below is applicable to you.


If a foreign national is marrying a South African citizen, they should both go to the immigration’s counter at the Home Affairs Office for an interview at Akasia if I am the marriage officer:

  1. A valid South African bar-coded identity document.

  2. A valid passport with a stamp endorsement(s); subject to be verified with immigration before the interview is conducted.
  3. Letter of non-impediment from country of origin with the letter head (foreign spouse – NB: Should be valid not older than 6 months). This letter should be translated to English if it is in any other language.
  4. Proof of lobola in writing by both families if applicable.
  5. Affidavit by both partners – attesting to their marital status. (And stating there was no labola paid if African and if applicable, otherwise number 4 applies: proof of lobola in writing by both families).
  6. Certified copies of ID’s / Passports.

Interview Letter from Home Affairs Immigrations.

  • Both persons getting married goes to the Home Affairs Office (preferably in Akasia, Pretoria) for an interview as this is where I am registered as a Marriage Officer.
  • No appointment is made for this interview. You will be waiting in a que till you are helped.
  • Take all your legal documents as stated above with as well as other documents you have such as Temporary Residency etc. No marriage can be done on assylims. Passports are required.
  • Once your interview letter is finalized, they will not hand the letter to you, but will keep it at the Home Affairs Office. Once I hand in all your Marriage Documents they will attach the interview letter to the documents being handed in.

If a foreign national is marrying another foreign national:

  1. A valid passport of each with a stamp endorsement(s); subject to be verified with immigration.
  2. Certified copies of Passports.
  3. Letter of non-impediment from country of origin with the letter head (foreign spouse – NB: Should be valid not older than 6 months).
  4. Affidavit by both partners– attesting to their marital status.
  5. 3 ID size photos of each person getting married
  6. Copy of Identity documents or passports (for the two witnesses present who must be 18 years or older)
  7. If any of the persons getting married are divorced, then the final decree of divorce should be furnished
  8. If any of the persons getting married are widowed, the deceased spouse’s death certificate must be submitted.
  9. Identity documents or Passports for Non-SA Citizens (for the two witnesses present who must be 18 years or older)

 

If a foreign national is marrying another foreign national no interview letter from Home Affairs is required.

If the wedding is for a minor (a person under the age of 18 years), the written consent of both parents/ legal guardian or the Commissioner of Child Welfare or a judge should be submitted on Form DHA-32 as well. If the minors getting married are under the ages of 18 for boys or 15 for girls, the written consent from the Minister of Home Affairs will also be required


Conducting a marriage


  • Only marriage officers authorised in terms of Act No. 25 of 1961 to perform marriages may do so.
  • A marriage must be conducted in the presence of at least two witnessesin:
    • a church or another building used for religious services
    • in a public office or private house, with open doors
    • in the case of serious illness or injuries, the marriage may take place in a hospital or any concerned facility.

Marriage certificates

  • Two witnesses and the marriage officer must sign the marriage register after the solemnisation of a marriage. Then the marriage officer must issue the parties with a handwritten marriage certificate (BI-27) free of charge.
  • The marriage officer must then submit the marriage register to the nearest office of the Department of Home Affairs, where the marriage details will be recorded in the National Population Register (NPR).

 

There are 3 versions of the Marriage Certificate with a 4th of option. They are: 


Manual Certificate: This is the certificate you are given on your wedding day by the Marriage Officer.  This is simply a blank A5 certificate with your details hand written on it and signed by the Marriage Officer. 


Abridged Certificate: This is a printed version of the manual certificate. This can be obtained with one visit to any Home Affairs office. You will need to complete form DHA 130. You can download this form here. The cost is around R25. 


Unabridged Certificate: This certificate has more information on it as well the information of the Marriage Officer. It is signed and stamped as well. For no good reason this certificate takes anything from 4 to 12 weeks to obtain and requires two visits to home affairs, one to apply and the 2nd to collect. The cost is around R70. The same for is used to apply for it.  An unabridged certificate if often required for anything that involves a foreign country i.e. if you’re immigrating, applying for a foreign passport or registering your marriage in another country. The official process will most times require you submit a copy of an unabridged certificate. It is a good idea to get an unabridged certificate when you do not need it. Just keep it on file until it is needed. It can be very stressful applying for one when it is needed in just a few weeks. 


4th option – unabridged certificate with apostille. In some cases this option is required. This is the same unabridged certificate as described above with the additional step that it has been verified by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Once the unabridged certificate has been obtained it has to be taken to Foreign Affairs and they add their Apostille stamp to it. 

Verifying your marital status

  • Due to the large number of fraudulent marriages reported to the Department of Home Affairs every year, a facility has been created for you to check your marital status at any time. You will need your South African ID number in order to use this facility.
  • You can also sms the letter M followed by your ID number (example: M 5001010050080) to 32551A reply sms will be sent back to your cellphone to confirm your marital status and the date of your marriage. (R1 per sms and will be charged by your network service provider).
  • Alternatively you can call the call centre at 0800 60 11 90.

CONTACT DETAILS  

  

Tania Berrangé 

073 947 8017 

taniaberrange@gmail.com 

info@taniab.co.za 

www.taniab.co.za  

 

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