Registration of Marriage
- Tuesday, 02 February 2016
REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE
- At least one party to the marriage should be a citizen of Sri Lanka.
- Both parties must be over 18 years of age.
- Consent of both parents is required in respect of a party to the marriage who is under 21 years
Notice of Marriage:
Parties can submit their Notice of Marriage to the Embassy in Form B-100. If parties have already obtained a local license I respect of notice of marriage, such licence should also be produced along with the documents mentioned below.
- Valid passports of both parties. (Must have a valid visa to stay in Brazil or other accredited country)
- Originals of the Sri Lankan Birth Certificates of both parties. In case of translations, it must have been authenticated by the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- If one party is not Sri Lankan, his\her Brazilian or other accredited country’s original Birth Certificate and it’s English translation (Both these documents must have been legalized by the consular division of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil or the competent authority in other country)
- Passports of witnesses (Two Sri Lankan passport holders-copies to be faxed or emailed to the Embassy ( ) before 3 working days before the registration along with address & contact details. Originals should be submitted on the date of registration to avoid later changes)
- Unmarried certificate issued by the “Grama Niladhari” of the applicant’s residential division in Sri Lanka and countersigned by the Divisional Secretary and authenticated by the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs*. (Applicable only to the Sri Lankan party/parties). An Unmarried Certificate can also be obtained from a Justice of peace or a Lawyer in Sri Lanka. However, in such cases, it will require that such certificate be endorsed by the Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka before obtaining the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Division authentication.
- If a party to the marriage is a resident of another country other than the country of his/her nationality, an Unmarried Certificates should be produced, stating his/her civil status/unmarried status, issued by the component authority of that country with its English translation, which is authenticated/legalized by the Consular Division of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil or by the Embassy of that Foreign Country in Brazil or the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Foreign Country (Applicable for both Sri Lankan & non Sri Lankan parties if he/she/they is/are living in another country other than their country of nationality)
- In cases where one party to the marriage is not Sri Lankan, an Unmarried Certificate should be produced, stating his/her civil status/unmarried status, obtained from relevant governmental authority of his/her country of nationality along with its English translation, which is also authenticated/legalized by the Consular Division of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil or the Embassy of that Foreign Country in Brazil or the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Foreign Country
- Divorcees should submit the Original Divorce Certificate - Both “Nisi” and “absolute orders” issued by the competent authority which is relevant to the Marriage
- Divorce Certificates originated outside of Sri Lanka must have been authenticated by the Consular Division of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil or the Embassy of that Foreign Country in Brazil or the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Foreign Country
- In respect of non-Sri Lankans, a no Objection letter issued by the Embassy of his/her country of nationality in Brazil or a no objection letter issued by the competent authority in that country and certified by the Sri Lankan Embassy in that Country
- Brazilian Identity Card (RNG Card) or Residence Certificate or an acceptable proof of residency (with an address) in other country
- Sri Lankan National Identity Card (Optional)
- Self-Affidavit on Marital Status (Only for Sri Lankans)
- (If Widowed) Original Death certificate of the spouse should be submitted. This Original Death certificate should be certified by as follows;
I. Sri Lankan Death Certificates should be authenticated by the Consular Division of the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka
II. Death Certificates originated outside Sri Lanka should be certified by the Consular Division of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil or the competent authority of the other accredited country or certified by the Sri Lankan Embassy in the relevant Foreign Country
Date of Registration:
- Marriage may be registered in the Embassy after the laps of 12 working days before the expiry of 03 months
- The date and time for registration will be notified to the applicant, once the application is processed and accepted
* Consular Division of the Ministry Foreign Affairs is currently located at No. 14, 3rd Floor, BOI building, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha, Colombo 01
* Ministry of Justice is currently located at, Superior Courts Complex, Colombo 12.
If an unmarried certificate is required in respect of a Sri Lankan national for the use of the local authorities; the person, in respect of whom the Unmarried Certificate if sought, should obtain such a certificate (an affidavit) from the Grama Niladhari and thereafter have it countersigned by the respective Divisional Secretary or a Justice of peace or a lawyer in Sri Lanka and submit it to this Embassy for authentication, having also obtained the authentication of the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the event that the affidavit is attested by a justice of peace or a lawyer, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may require such affidavit be first endorsed by the Ministry of Justice.
Procedure for Obtaining an Unmarried Certificate:
- Applicant should first obtain an affidavit from the Grama Niladhari or an All Island Justice of Peace or a lawyer in Sri Lanka. It should contain a clause to the effect “I am not legally married or contracted to be married under the law of Sri Lanka or any other country”, clearly among other usual comments.
- Thereafter, such affidavit should be taken to the Ministry of Justice in Sri Lanka and have it endorsed by that Ministry. (Only if obtained from a Justice of Peace or a lawyer)
- Thereafter, it should be taken to the consular division of the MFA and get their legalization stamp.
- Based on this document the Embassy can give a translated letter stating the marital status of the requesting person or attest the same document.
- In the case of translations, the document should be translated by a sworn-in-translator in Colombo and thereafter it will be authenticated by the Consular Division of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and later this Embassy.
Obtaining a copy of a marriage certificate:
Marriage Certificates copies are issued by this Embassy only in respect of Marriages which have already been registered at this Embassy. Please note that this Embassy does not issue additional Marriage Certificates but only issue certified copies of the original Marriage Certificate upon payment of the prescribed fee.
Download the application to request a copy of the marriage certificate here (Annexure1)
Fee U$ B$
Notice of Marriage
Registration of Marriage
For each affidavit
Copy of Marriage Registration Certificate
Notice: Submission of forged documents is a Punishable Offence under the Marriage Ordinance and Criminal Law of Sri Lanka.