What is a Nikkah Nama (Marriage Certificate)?

The legal or formally acknowledged union of two persons as companions in a personal relationship is known as marriage. Marriage Certificate (Wedding Certificate), also known as “Nikkah Nama” in Urdu, is an official document of a couple’s marriage and is required to prove a name change when they marry. In Pakistan, the formal marriage certificate (Nikkah Nama) is usually issued in Urdu.

In Pakistan, there are two types of marriage certificates:

  • Manual marriage certificate, commonly known in Urdu as Nikkah Nama.
  • NADRA marriage certificate that has been entirely computerized.

NADRA marriage certificate:

The NADRA marriage certificate is a fully computerized document that provides the content of married persons in both Urdu and English. NADRA has established a particular method to issue NADRA marriage certificates, similar to how it issues NADRA birth certificates. These authentic NADRA Marriage Registration Certificates are now utilized in place of Urdu Nikkah Nama in various legal cases in Pakistan and other countries around the world.

What is the purpose of a Marriage Certificate / Nikkah Nama / NADRA Marriage Registration Certificate?

As previously stated, a marriage certificate is an official document of a marriage between two people and is required to prove a change of name when married, as well as for Visa, Immigration, Bank Accounts, Divorce, Adoption, Pensions, and Passports.

In Pakistan, what papers are necessary for the issuance of a marriage certificate?

In order to receive a NADRA Marriage Registration Certificate in Pakistan, please follow the steps below. The following documents may be required to get a NADRA Marriage Registration Certificate in Pakistan:

  • Copy of groom’s CNIC (Pakistani ID Card)
  • a copy of the bride’s CNIC
  • CNIC copies from the bride and groom’s parent.
  • Copy of Nikkah Khawan’s CNIC (Molvi)
  • a form of application (filled and signed by the applicant)


  • Assemble all needed documents, depending on your current residence address, go to the appropriate issuing office from the list above.
  • Local union councils in all major cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad, and Peshawar, are fully empowered to issue NADRA marriage certificates on special paper using NADRA-installed technology.
  • Inhabitants of cantonment areas can get their NADRA marriage certificates from cantonment board offices, whereas residents of several minor cities can get them through TMA offices. people of Islamabad can get their NADRA marriage certificates from the Arbitration Council office.
  • You will be asked to fill out an application form for a NADRA marriage certificate by the concerned issuing office. The same issuing office can provide you with this application form.
  • In the same issuing office, submit your documents, along with a completed application form and the official fee.
  • On the specified day, pick up your NADRA marriage certificate from the same issuing office. If all relevant documents are present, a NADRA marriage certificate can be provided within 3-5 working days in most cases, but this time frame can vary depending on the circumstances.
  • Verify that the information on your NADRA marriage certificate is correct. Check your marriage certificate for accuracy and compare it to your legal paperwork. If the issuing office makes a typo, you have the right to request a correction.

NADRA office Process:

Step-by-Step procedure

  • Checking the records
  • Proofreading of data entry
  • Evaluate¬†proofreading.
  • The Final Article (We will process your application)
  • Chairman of the Arbitration Council’s signature

How do we go about obtaining an official marriage certificate or a replica of one?

If you’re planning a wedding, our Relationship Ambassador will take care of the paperwork for registration at the location where you’ll be married. Our RA will also get the application forms ahead of time and provide you with information on the relevant documents and the accompanying processes. We will follow up and secure a marriage certificate on your behalf and send it to you once the marriage is registered with the help of the relevant Nikkah Khawan on the scheduled date.

If, on the other hand, the marriage has already occurred and was not registered at the time, a marriage certificate will be issued after all of the necessary documentation and conditions have been met. In this situation, we will take care of all the procedures so that your Marriage Certificate can be acquired quickly.

In Pakistan, how long does it take to get a marriage certificate?

In Pakistan, there is no set time limit for the issue of a marriage certificate. However, depending on the circumstances, this procedure can take anywhere from 7 to 15 working days to complete.

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