How to get a Marriage Certificate from WAQF – For Muslims

A marriage certificate is a valid legal document, which establishes the marital status of a couple. It provides social security, self-confidence, particularly among married women. It is useful in getting the visa for the wife/husband.  It is helpful in claiming the Bank deposits or Life Insurance benefits when the depositee or the Insurer dies without a nomination or otherwise.

In India marriages are registered under a) Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, b) Special Marriage Act, 1954, c) Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936

For the muslims, the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. Marriage under this act can be registered at Sub Registrar office or at a District WAQF office.

For details on how to get a marriage certificate from a Sub Registrar office, please click here.

In this article we will discuss the process of getting a marriage certificate from a District WAQF office.

Note: – This is a personal account on how we got a marriage certificate from WAQF, so the details would be limited to what we did and the addresses provided will be of the places where we got things done as on 21st of March 2023.

Step 1:- Get the application for marriage certificate.

Go to the nearest District WAQF office and get the application for marriage certificate. Go to google maps and just search for “District WAQF office near me” and you will get the nearest District WAQF office.

The application will look like this.

Step 2:- Go to the masjid where your Nikah is registered.

  1. Get a Color Xerox of the Nikah Nama and get the seal and signature of the President/Secretary of the masjid on it.
  2. Get the following content on the Masjid letter head and get the seal and signature of the President/Secretary of the masjid on it.
  3. Get the name of the Qazi/Imam who solemnize the Nikah. You will need it later.

Step 3:- Get 2B sized joint photos.

Get 5 copies of joint photographs in normal attire in 2B size(2″x3″).

Four 2B size photos will cost you 100 rupees, it will cost you 200 rupees to get 8 copies.

You will need 3 photos at the WAQF office and 2 photos are required when you are getting a joint affidavit from an advocate in step 4.

Step 4:- Joint Affidavit with seal and Signature of Notary.

Get a Joint Affidavit on a 100 rupees paper. The content on the affidavit should be as follows.

You can go to an advocate who does affidavits or you can, like we did, go to the “City Civil Court Complex in K.R circle Bangalore – 560009“. In the ground floor (in the main building, ground floor parking area), there is dedicated place where you can find a number of advocates who can do a joint affidavit.

Ask them to do it on a 100 rupees paper, they will charge 500 rupees for it. Take two 2B sized photo copies with you.

Step 5:- Self-Attested photocopy of I.D Proof

Get a photocopy of Aadhar card, or Passport or Voter ID of both the applicants.

Step 6:- Submit the application with all the documents.

Go to the District WAQF office and submit the application and the documents. Do take the original documents with you for verification.

Once you submit the application, they will call you within a week and you can collect the Marriage certificate after paying 1000 rupees.

There are couple of things that you have to keep in mind to make sure that the process goes on without any hiccups. These are from personal experience

  1. Make sure that the signatures that you do on the Affidavit matches with the signatures on the Nikah Nama.
  2. Please get the seal and the signature of the President/Secretary of the masjid on the Color Xerox of the Nikah Nama.
May Allah make it easy for you. Ameen.


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