• Everyone other than where both parties are Muslims, can register their marriage under Marriage (general) Registration Ordinance.
  • Marriage notice should be written and attested in duplicate and handed over to the Registrar of marriages of the division
  • Persons authorized to attest marriage notice;
    • Registrar of marriages of the division
    • Justice of peace
    • Notary public
    • A Minister
  • Requirements for submitting a marriage notice:
    • Requirement of residence of the parties in the relevant division.
      • Residence of parties in the relevant division within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice.
      • Residence of parties in different divisions within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice.
      • If one party was not living in Sri Lanka within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice, residence of the other party in Sri Lanka for such 10 days.
      • If none of the parties had not been living in Sri Lanka within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice, residence of one party for 04 days in Sri Lanka.
    • Completion of age of 18 yrs. by both parties as at their previous birth day.
    • The parties should not have any kind of relationship prohibited in law.
    • No party should have entered into any legal marriage which is valid at the time.
  • 14 days should be lapsed since submission of marriage notice for registration of a marriage (general). Possibility prevails to register general marriage before lapse of such 14 days.
  • Request may be made in order to register a marriage outside the office.

Fees chargeable by the Registrar for registration of a marriage is as follows

No Duty Payable To Whom Payable by Whom Amount(Rs) Payment Type
01  Entering a notice of marriage at
Registrar’s office or at any other place
Registrar Applicant 100.00 Cash
02

Entering a notice of marriage at 
Additional District Registrar's Office or
District Registrar's office or
at any other place

Additional District
Registrar or District
Registrar
Applicant 100.00  Cash
03  Issuing Registrar's certificate on a 
notice of marriage
Registrar Parties to
marriage
100.00  Cash
04  Issuing Registrar's certificate on a 
notice of marriage
Additional District
Registrar or District
Registrar
Parties to
marriage
100.00  Cash
05

Solemnizing marriage in Registrar’s

office

Registrar Parties to
marriage
750.00  Cash
06 

Solemnizing marriage in Additional

District Registrar's or District 

Registrar's office

Additional District
Registrar or District
Registrar
Parties to
marriage
750.00  Cash
07

Solemnizing marriage outside the

Registrar’s office under section 38(1) or 

38(2)

Registrar Parties to
marriage
750.00  Cash
08  

Solemnizing marriage outside the

Registrar’s office under section 38(1) or 

38(2)

Additional District
Registrar or District
Registrar
Government 750.00  Cash
09

Obtaining a special license under section 

27(3)

Government Parties to
marriage
100.00  Cash
10 

Registration of marriage solemnized in

registered place of public worship

District Registrar Parties to
marriage
750.00  Cash

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