HOW DO WE GET OUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
I’ve been married for four years. We had a huge white wedding and signed the marriage documents at church.
However, we’ve just learnt that the priest didn’t send our documents to the department of home affairs. We’ve also learnt that he wasn’t a marriage officer.
Is there something that we can do about this, because we’re still without a marriage certificate? ANONYMOUS, MAMELODI In terms of the law, a priest solemnising a marriage must be a marriage officer. Not all priests are marriage officers.
Once the priest has solemnised the marriage and the prospective spouses have signed the marriage register, the priest must send the document to the department of home affairs.
As your priest wasn’t a marriage officer it means he had no right to officiate your wedding. Therefore you and your partner are not legally married.
You need to make an appointment at home affairs and get married there. Thereafter you’ll be issued with a marriage certificate.