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Legal Procedures and Formalities

Under the Uniform Civil Law of Marriages followed in Goa, registration of marriage in Goa is compulsory. The groom and bride may choose the place of registration of their marriage in any one of the eleven talukas of Goa depending upon their domicile as each of these talukas has an office of the Civil Registrar where the marriage has to be compulsorily registered for it to have legal sanctity.

Whatever your individual requirements may be, you may contact wedding in Goa and speak to our solicitor who will be able to assist and guide you through all the legal formalities of your wedding in Goa.

Civil Registration FAQ


In every taluka, there are offices of the Civil Registrar, where the marriages are to be registered. Those who desire to marry have to declare their desire before the Officer of the Taluka chosen, along with:

1) A certificate of domicile of residence
2) The certificates of birth.

Registered of Marriage: Since, without registration, a marriage in not legally recognized in Goa. (Exception: a Roman Catholic marriage with prior clearance by the Civil Registrar.

Normal Procedure For Registration Of A Marriage:

PHASE I :
Filing the declaration of Marriage in the Office
(a)Presence of the Bridegroom and the bride including parents if Bride below 21 years.
(b)Birth Certificate of Bride groom
(c)Birth Certificate of Bride
(d)Domicile / residence Cert. (Continous residence) issued by Mamlatdar/Sarpanch of Taluka/Village
(e)Fee Rs. 50/- only - (Please chk the registrar office)

Documents Requirements:
BETWEEN STAGE I AND II THERE IS A STATUTORY WAITING PERIOD OF 10 DAYS INCLUDING 2 SUNDAYS FOR PUBLICATION OF NOTICES.
(CAUTION:- Waiver of the waiting period could be obtained in deserving cases from the Delegado (A.P.P). This may be resorted to only in unavoidable circumstances since the parties stand to lose the easy option of desisting from proceeding with the registration in case bad antecedents of the groom/bride come to notice after the marriage registration).

PHASE II:
Actual Registration of a Marriage
Necessary:- Only the presence of the Bride-groom, Bride and 2 witnesses. (PLUS Parents, additional witnesses or Interpreter, etc., if advised at the Declaration Stage).

PleaseNote: (Roman Catholics opting for Canonical Marriage in church need to come only once. It would be in their interest to verify personally that their marriage papers actually reached the Civil Registration Office after their religious marriage).
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