Please note that we try stay as up to date as possible with the policies of Home Affairs. However the policies can change without notice. We will endeavour however to keep this website updated as we are informed of any changes.
The following documents are required:
Please be aware of the new referral system regarding setting up an interview at Home Affairs with an immigration officer. This is when a couple get married in South Africa and one is an SA Citizen and the other is a non SA Citizen. An interview needs to happen with an immigration officer prior to the wedding.
Couples are not able to phone Home Affairs to set up an interview telephonically. Marriage officers are also not allowed to set up interviews on behalf of couples. Couples have to present themselves to Home Affairs in person two weeks before their wedding to allow time for Home Affairs to check and verify the entry stamp of the non SA citizen entering the country, check the authenticity of the no lawful impediment letter and to make an appointment for an interview the week prior to the wedding
Documents that are required by the couple to take to Home Affairs Marriage department at George Branch for a referral:
SA Citizens who do not have green SA ID Books or the new ID Card.
Home Affairs requires the green ID book or the new ID card for SA Citizens getting married in SA. SA Passports are not accepted. If an SA Citizen does not have an ID book or card then they will either need to apply for one prior to their wedding or apply for a temporary ID document and this will be accepted.
If the person does not have an SA ID document they have to apply for a temp ID but if their fingerprints are not on new system they will have to apply for new ID card. This will have to be done at Home Affairs George Branch when you arrive before getting the referral to have an interview with an immigration officer. I believe that you can make application for this at an SA Embassy, this would be outside SA but I am not totally sure.
No Lawful impediment letter
For the non SA Citizen getting married in South Africa, our Home Affairs require an official no lawful impediment letter from your relevant government department in your country of origin basically saying that there is no lawful impediment to you getting married. If they do not issue no lawful impediment letters then you need an official letter on a letterhead signed and stamped from them stating this and only then will Home Affairs in SA accept a notarized oath which I will email you.
Please note that it is the groom or bride’s (whoever is the SA Citizen) responsibility to make sure that your marital status on the Home Affairs system is correct. This is not an issue if you have not been married before but if you are divorced, please make sure you have a final decree of divorce issued from SA containing a case number and the court name. Home Affairs only accept a final decree of divorce issued in SA
A note about dual citizenship
If a person has dual citizenship for example SA and UK citizenship then that person must enter SA on their SA passport. It is an offence to enter SA on a foreign passport.
A new regulation is that Marriage officers are no longer allowed to apply for unabridged marriage certificates on behalf of couples. An unabridged marriage certificate is like an international marriage certificate that couples who get married in South Africa require in order to register their marriage overseas (or in your country of Origin).
If both husband and wife are non South African Citizens they can personally apply at Home Affairs for an unabridged marriage certificate The couple will need to take with them the relevant documentation; copies of passports, entry visa pages, marriage certificate obtained from marriage officer and copies of pages of register.
Please note that Home Affairs no longer issues handwritten unabridged marriage certificates as all applications at the local Home Affairs now get submitted by them to Home Affairs in Pretoria.
Another option is if you have a family member residing in South Africa, you are allowed to authorize your family member to apply for an unabridged marriage certificate on your behalf. A letter giving the family member permission to apply on your behalf and to collect the certificate must be drawn up by you and must be accompanied by a copy of their ID and copies of passports, entry visa pages, marriage certificate obtained from marriage officer and copies of pages of register. This is the latest info from Home Affairs but can change without notice.
If either spouse (or both) is a SA Citizen and gets married in SA using their SA Identity document, they will obtain a printed unabridged marriage certificate which is processed in Pretoria so that it can be captured on the Home Affairs System. Again, couples can apply for this at a Home Affairs Branch in South Africa or at the South African Embassy overseas where they reside or give permission to a family member to apply on their behalf. Please note that it is common for this process to take up to 8 months or longer before you obtain your unabridged marriage certificate.