3 Step Guide to Marriage Registry
There are two Federal Marriage Registries in Nigeria presently.
The Federal Marriage Registry Abuja and the Federal Marriage Registry Lagos both under the Ministry of Interior.
We aim at providing you with a detailed guide/overview of pre-requisites and expectations when preparing to wed at the registry on the two Marriage Registry under Ministry of Interior.
This registry is a hub of activities throughout week days, as it has become the registry of choice by most couple largely because of its reputation. Activities like swearing of oath, obtaining of marriage license, counseling, and actual marriage ceremonies.
Tuesdays are for oath swearing, while Wednesday through Fridays are for contracting marriages. However should you decide to have your wedding for Monday or Saturday, it comes at a fee. This registry not only caters to the resident of Lagos, but also the South –South, South-East and the entire South-West-geo-political zone. Various activities are carried out at the registry.
There are two distinct type of a marriage been contracted at the registry aside the typical Christian and Muslim marriages. There’s the marriage between Nigerian to Nigerian and Nigerian to non-Nigerian marriage or Non-Nigerian to Non-Nigerian.
Here a step by step guide on expect when seeking to wed at the registry (Nigerian to Nigerian)
Step 1 (FORMS)
Obtain and fill out form called “NOTICE OF MARRIAGE” (see downloads to preview this form). When filling out this form, all birth names of couples should be boldly written with both surnames underlined. One(1) passport of each couple should also be attached. (please note that a stipulated fee is charged on submission of this form)
Return to the registry after 21 days with already filled forms. You would be given another set of forms “AFFIDAVIT ON APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE”. This form is to be submitted with the birth certificate of both parties (in absent of a birth certificate a Declaration of Age can be presented).
The next form to be filled is the CERTIFICATE OF BACHELORHOOD/SPINSTERHOOD. If couples had been previously married an AFFIDAVIT OF MARRIAGE should be presented instead of the CERTIFICATE OF BACHELORHOOD/SPINSTERHOOD. If one or both couple had children before this marriage, an Affidavit should also be presented stating the number of children. On enquiry why this was, I was told that is was for the purpose of fairness and transparency.(please note that a stipulated fee is charged for these forms)
A date for interview for couple is set.
Step 2 (REQUIREMENTS)
You are required to notify the registry on your preferred wedding date.
You are required to provide two witness from both parties.(please note it’s not genders specific)
You are expected to present 2 rings(male and female) or a bible/Quran as the case may be
Step 3 (WHAT TO WEAR)
Wedding dresses and Suits
(Please note that short sleeves, shorts and jeans are not allowed)