What is "certified copies of a marriage certificate"?

#1 Nov 3rd, 2011, 22:39
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I read here that it cost around Rs.5 to get a "certified copy" of a marriage certificate at the registrar's office. Is this just a notarized photocopy of the original?

In a registrar's office in Chennai I was told that if I need a few more copies of the ORIGINAL marriage certificate where the original photos of the married couple are attached, I have to pay Rs.400 per copy.

And the odd thing is that the certificate issued to the bride is not the same as the one issued to the bridegroom: these are two different documents, it seems!
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As I understand it...

The "Original Certificate" does not really exist, not as piece of paper: it exists as an entry in a book. The certificate you hold in your hand is a "certified copy" of that entry in the book, the book being the marriage register.

Rs.400? I think somebody is pocketing about Rs.395! --- but please google for Tamil Nadu register Office, or maybe it is part of the TN state site. I'm fairly sure that the official fees are listed there.

I think there is also supposed to be a central state registry, that you can even query on line. However, I suspect that it takes years to show up there: my marriage doesn't, or didn't last time I looked.

If this is a marriage under the special marriage act, there is only one form of certificate, for bride, groom, or anyone else who wants a copy. Other marriage acts, I haven't seen the paperwork, but I don't see why it should be any different
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Originally Posted by rajeswaris View Post And the odd thing is that the certificate issued to the bride is not the same as the one issued to the bridegroom: these are two different documents, it seems!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post If this is a marriage under the special marriage act, there is only one form of certificate, for bride, groom, or anyone else who wants a copy. Other marriage acts, I haven't seen the paperwork, but I don't see why it should be any different
Never heard of separate certificates.

AFA The Hindu Marriage act is concerned here where I live, there is only one document.

And Yes, the fee of 400 is very high. Someone is making money.
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