What is the difference between an abridged and unabridged certificate and which one should we apply for?
On the day of your wedding you will receive a manual handwritten marriage certificate from your marriage officer; it is then advised to apply for your abridged or unabridged certificates from Home Affairs.
An abridged certificate contains both your personal details such as full name and ID number as well as the date of the marriage. By default you will receive an abridged certificate. You would need to apply specially for an unabridged marriage certificate.
The unabridged certificate, also known as a full marriage certificate, contains more detailed information. This is the most formal certificate and is required if you plan to travel extensively, emigrate or obtain a foreign passport. Additionally if one or both of you are not South African the unabridged certificate will be required to register the marriage in your home country. Your unabridged marriage certificate is usable in most circumstances both locally and internationally and is generally a better document to have.
Cost : R 1450-00
(If you need this certificate for use in a foreign country you may need an Apostille stamp. Please confirm with your embassy if they require this) We charge R 1500-00 for the Apostille *PLEASE NOTE: If you would like your certificate courier to you. There is an additional cost of R 150-00 for South Africa. If you need it to be courier in another country contact us for the cost.
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