In Pakistan, the Marriage Registration Certificate (MRC) stands as a crucial legal document that validates a marital union. Traditionally, during the Nikkah ceremony a manual form is completed with the details of the bride, groom, and their witnesses. However, this form is typically in Urdu and not recognized internationally, prompting the need for a computerized certificate.
NADRA’s Role in Marriage Certification
NADRA Pakistan has introduced a Civil Registration System to streamline the process of documenting vital life events, including marriages.
This e-governance service delivery platform aims to automate local government functions across the country, ensuring that registration and certification for events like birth, death, marriage, and divorce are centralized and accessible even at the grassroots level.
How to Get a Marriage Certificate from NADRA
To acquire a NADRA-issued marriage certificate, married individuals must approach their respective Union Councils or Cantonment Board Offices. The required documents for obtaining the certificate include:
- The Urdu Nikah Nama
- CNICs (Computerized National Identity Cards) of both the bride and groom
- CNICs of the fathers of the bride and groom
- CNIC of the Nikah Khawan (the official who conducted the marriage)
- Passport copies if one of the parties is a foreigner
Current Limitations in Online Verification
As of the latest information available, NADRA does not provide an online facility to check or verify marriage certificates or divorce status in Pakistan. Those interested in verifying their marital status or obtaining records must visit NADRA registration centers or the offices of their local Union Councils in person.
For more detailed information and updates, individuals are encouraged to refer to the official sources or visit the relevant offices directly.