in Goa are compulsorily registerable. Only a civil registration
of marriages in Goa is accepted as evidence of the marriage. Like
births and deaths, marriages also have to be registered to create
This law which requires registration
is the Code of Civil Registration. Chapter VII prescribes that
the registration of the marriages shall be made in accordance
with the Decree Law No. 1, dated 25th December, 1910.
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.
- Why should a marriage be registered?
Since, without registration,
a marriage in not legally recognized in Goa
(Exception: a Roman Catholic marriage with prior clearance
by the Civil Registrar.
If marriage has remained
unregistered and the person has got children and he wants
a marriage certificate for pension purposes?
Register it now immediately. At the
time of marriage registration (second visit), The names
and other details of all your children should be mentioned
in the Register.
- Can one object to my inter caste or
inter religious marriage?
Not at all.Each party can
retain his/her own religion. The date of the marriage registration
is the date of marriage for all legal purposes, irrespective
of whether religious ceremonies took place or not.
- What are the prohibitions / impediments
to a marriage?
Legal impediment contained
in Articles 4 to 10 of Law No. 1 which briefly relate to
relationship by blood or affinity, insanity, previous divorce
on grounds of incurable and contagious diseases or diseases
involving sexual aberration, certain acts/criminal conducts.
- Are there any restrictions as to sex
The law requires the groom and the bride to belong to different
sexes and that the purpose should be to legitimately constitute
(b)Age: For marriage purposes, the age
of majority is 21 years. A bride between 18 to 21 years
needs consent or emancipation by Court.
- Clarification as to consent:
Consent may be given in
any of the following manner: -
(a) Orally by both the parents at the time
of registration; or
(b) If one of the parents is dead, his/her
death certificate along with consent of surviving spouse;
(c) If one parent or both are not present
in Goa, their consent may be sent in a duly notarized/authenticated
document containing exact details; or
(d) In case of disagreement between parents,
the Court gives or refuses consent; or
(e) In absence of both parents, the grand
parents or in their absence, family council may give consent;
(f) In deserving cases, a Court can also
emancipate a minor entitling her to contract a marriage.
(g) For a marriage within 3rd
degree (uncle-niece, aunt-nephew), permission of the Governor
- Can a widow/er or Divorcee immediately
marry after the death of spouse / divorce?
No, after the death of spouse
or divorce, there is a minimum waiting period of six months
for males and one year for females, before they can contract
next marriage,except in certain types of divorce. However,
there is no such waiting period in case of judicial annulment
of a marriage.
- Can Goan's celebrating marriage before
other authorities outside Goa,record the same in Goa?
Yes, by way of Transcription
(only for Goan's) within 3 months of the marriage or within
one month of any of the spouses first coming to Goa, on
basis of an authentic marriage certificate issued by the
non Goan Authority. Other formalities are the same as for
a marriage registration.
(NOTE: Transcription can be made even after
the death of a spouse, if other documents are in order)
- Regarding change in name of Hindu Bride.
Such change in the name of a Hindu bride can be declared
orally at the time of marriage registration itself or
it can be later informed through an application signed
by both parties intimating change in name under ceremonies
as per Hindu religious rites. PLEASE NOTE:
That the procedure for registration of marriage is made
simple and easy under the law. E.g.
(1) the parties have a right to get marriage
registered if all their documents are in order.
(2) Under the Law, minor discrepancies
(in additional certificates, etc.) are to be disregarded
if the identity of the party is not in doubt.
(3) The date for the marriage registration
is to be fixed by the party but the time is to be
fixed by the Civil Registrar.
(4) Well trained- staff deals with this
(5) Model application forms are also
kept in these offices (for reference only).
CAUTION: - IT IS DESIRABLE:
(1) That any
information be obtained directly from Office staff without relying
(2) That the documents
are got scrutinized in advance before bringing the parties to
(3) That the fee receipts
are carefully preserved and produced whenever required for reference.
(4) That the marriage
Notices or N.O.Cs are personally collected by the parties and
delivered to the other office to avoid forced postponement in
case of delay in transit by post or loss otherwise.
(5) That the
parties bring proper documents and do not promote arguments/ pleadings
with the officials to register first and receive documents later.