Sinhala (Sri Lanka)Tamil-Sri Lanka

Registration of Marriages (General)

  1. Everyone other than where both parties are Muslims, can register their marriage under Marriage(general) Registration Ordinance.
  2. Marriage notice should be written and attested in duplicate and handed over to the Registrar of marriages of the division
  3. Persons authorized to attest marriage notice;
  • Registrar of marriages of the division
  • Justice of peace
  • Notary public
  • A Minister

4. Requirements for submitting a marriage notice:

  1. Requirement of residence of the parties in the relevant division.
  • Residence of parties in the relevant division within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice.
  • Residence of parties in different divisions within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice.
  • If one party was not living in Sri Lanka within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice, residence of the other party in Sri Lanka for such 10 days.
  • If none of the parties had not been living in Sri Lanka within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice, residence of one party for 04 days in Sri Lanka.

2. Completion of age of 18 yrs. by both parties as at their previous birth day.

3. The parties should not have any kind of relationship prohibited in law.

4. No party should have entered into any legal marriage which is valid at the time.

5. 14 days should be lapsed since submission of marriage notice for registration of a marriage(general). Possibility prevails to register general marriage before lapse of such 14 days.

6. Request may be made in order to register a marriage outside the office.

7. Fees chargeable by the registrar for registration of a marriage

Subject

Fee (Rs.)

1.Entry of a marriage notice at the office

50.00

2.Entry of a marriage notice at another place

100.00

3.Registration of marriage at the office

250.00

4.Registration of marriage outside the office (section 38-1)

250.00

5.Registration of marriage outside the office (section 38-2)

1000.00

6.Issue of Registrar's certificate

10.00