Registration Of A Marriage Abroad
There is no provision for the registration of the marriage of a South African citizen solemnized in a foreign country.
The Department of Home Affairs may however be informed of the marriage, so that the marital status and surname, if it has changed, of a South African citizen to be updated on the Population Register.
The following documents must be submitted to register the marriage:
There is no application fee for the registration of a marriage with the Department of Home Affairs, no certificate would be issued.
Person’s whose surnames have changed, may apply for a tourist passport and/or identity document, reflecting the married surname.
Current legislation stipulates that female married applicants may elect to use their married surname, their maiden surname, a combination of both current married surname and maiden surname i.e. double-barrel surname or any other surname which she bore at any prior time, without having to formally apply for change of surname.
South African High Commission
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