Don't let the marriage license laws of South Africa put a dent in your wedding plans.
Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a South African marriage license.
We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way at least 9 weeks before your wedding date.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
If you are not a resident of South Africa, you will need to show your passport.
Ceremony:A wedding in South Africa needs to be performed in a building with open doors.
If your parents will not give consent for you to marry, you can request consent from a Judge of the High Court. Consent by a judge is given only if parental consent was unreasonably refused or there is sufficient evidence that getting marriage is in the best interest of the minor.
If you manage to get married under the age of 21 without consent, your parents can ask to have your marriage dissolved.
However, under grounds of morality, the new bill does allow either religious or civil officers the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Officiant:Civil marriages can only be officiated by authorized marriage officers.
Community Property:Yes, unless there is a valid antenuptial contract.
- Couples must be at least 18 years old.
- Minors must have parental consent to the marriage.
- Individuals who are already in a civil marriage can not enter into a customary marriage.
- Couples in customary marriages must register with a Home Affairs domestic office within 3 months of the wedding.
- They need to have a witness from each of their families.
- "Although there is no restriction on the number of customary marriages that a husband may enter into, no further customary marriage may be entered into unless an order of court regulating the future matrimonial property system of his marriages has been obtained."
PLEASE NOTE:Marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.
It is important that you verify all information with the local marriage license office before making any wedding or travel plans.