Registration of marriage in the official marriage certificate is essential for establishing the identity of the spouses, as it is mandatory for the spouses in most countries of the world. Like other contracts, a marriage contract imposes rights and responsibilities on the parties, so it is necessary to be registered in the official and judicial registry. Registering marriages and obtaining marriage certificates in formal courts, will facilitate the creation of convenience inside and outside the country, especially in migration and internal and external travels to other countries.
How is a marriage certificate obtained in Kabul province?
Applicants must follow the steps below to obtain their marriage certificate:
Step 1: Application and required documents
- The spouse’s petitions are formally addressed to the related court in Kabul province, and the application form for the marriage certificate will be approved.
- Spouses living in the city of Kabul, send their requests to the Documents and Letter Record Department of the relevant court, and spouses living in the districts of this province, send their requests/applications to the primary courts active at the district level of Kabul province.
- In the city of Kabul, the residents of districts 12, 16, 21, and 22 will register documents in the Documents and Letter Record Department of the first district/region, and the residents of districts 2, 9, and 10 will register in the Second district/region, the residents of districts 3, 5, 13 and 14 will register in the third district/region, the residents of district 11, 17 and 18 in the fourth district/region, residents of districts 1, 6, 7 and 8 in the fifth district/region and residents of districts 4, 15, 19 and 20 in the Documents and Letter Record Department in the sixth district of Kabul. The visits will be done on specified days.
- Two Photos size 3x4 and the spouses' original Tazkira (ID cards) are mandatory when filling out the application.
- In addition to the amount of dowry(Mahar), the date of the marriage and the number of children is also recorded in the petition and later in the original marriage certificate.
Step 2: Visiting the relevant court
- One of the spouses will take the petition and the necessary documents to the relevant court in the city of Kabul or the primary court in the districts of Kabul province, so the director of the relevant court will issue an order accordingly.
- The relevant court, in addition to the petition, will provide a form or inquiry that contains questions about the reputation of the parties, their place of residence, the eligibility of the parties, and the absence of temporary and permanent obstacles to the marriage between the parties.
- In addition to the form, a tariff for 1000 AFN fee is also given to the applicants, and then one of the spouses pays the mentioned amount to the Afghanistan Bank, and a confirmation of the payment will be presented to the relevant court.
Step 3: confirmation of Mullah Imam and area representative
- The form is taken to the Mullah Imam of the mosque and two people from the neighborhood to answer some questions, and then the form is taken to the area representative for confirmation.
- After completing the form, the spouses must submit the form again to the Documents and Letter Record Department of the relevant court for further processing.
Step 4: Testimony of the witnesses
- To register their marriage and to receive their marriage certificate, the spouses take two of their relatives to the relevant court with the originals and copies of their Tazkira and two photos.
- The relevant officer will record the personal information of the spouses and two witnesses in the marriage certificate, and their records based on their original Tazkira, and then the marriage certificate is presented to the judges of the relevant court.
- The spouses confess in front of the judge that for the specific amount of dowry, the husband and wife have married each other, and the witnesses also testify that the parties are husband and wife. At the end, court sets a return date for receiving the marriage certificate.
Step 5: Receiving the marriage certificate
- One of the spouses will go to the court on the appointed day and receive the registered and stamped marriage certificate by presenting their original Tazkira.
- Then, one of the spouses will take the marriage certificate to the Court of Appeal in Kabul Province, and the director of the court will confirm the judge’s current employment.
- Until this stage, the marriage certificate is final and can be used inside the country, but to use it outside the country, it must be translated.
Translation of marriage certificate
- The applicant will present the marriage certificate to one of the official translation agencies in Kabul province to translate it into a specific language, and then take it to the Government Affairs Office in Kabul province to confirm the authenticity of the translation and the reliability of the marriage certificate.
- The Government Affairs Office in Kabul will provide a bank tariff to the applicant, and the applicant will submit a fee of 200 AFN to the Afghanistan Bank to confirm the marriage certificate. A copy of the original bank receipt will be presented to the Government Affairs Office.
- Then both copies of the national language and the translated marriage certificate will be submitted to the Afghan Post office in one of the districts of Kabul province.
- The Afghan Post office will issue a bank tariff to the applicant, and the applicant will submit a marriage certificate confirmation fee of 200 AFN to the Afghanistan Bank and will submit the bank receipt to the Afghan Post office.
- The Afghan Post office will receive both copies of the marriage certificate, and a receipt will be provided to the applicant with the return date for the applicant.
- The marriage certificate will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Afghan Post Office for approval and stamp.
- The applicant will visit the Afghan Post office on the appointed day and receive both copies of the marriage certificate.
Reobtaining (Musana) marriage certificate
- First, one of the spouses prepares a petition, describes the matter, and requests a copy of the marriage certificate.
- The required documents to reobtain the marriage certificate are a radio announcement document, one photo size 4x3 of spouses and the witnesses, confirmation of the local council, and a copy of the missing marriage certificate or number and date of its issue or the destroyed marriage certificate.
- The applicant will submit the necessary documents to the Documents and Letter Record Department of the Court of Appeals in the city or the primary court in the relevant district of Kabul Province and receive the certificate after processing.
Note: Probate/document courts are in the district level of Kabul city, and primary courts are active in the districts of Kabul province to provide marriage certificate issuance services.
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