How to Apply for Registrar Certificate in Nigeria

 Apply for Registrar Certificate in Nigeria By Yourself

  • To apply for a Registrar Certificate personally, the applicant needs go to the office for the Federal Marriage Registry.
  • The contact information and address for the Marriage Registries can be found in the following addresses.

  • Visit the office and get an application form to notify the couple of their wedding that is to take place.
  • Check to see if you have all the documents you need under the “Required Documents” section on this page.
  • Make sure you fill out your Notice of Marriage with the required information about the spouse and you, and the marriage in accordance with specific sections.
  • After that, you must submit the application to the authority responsible at the office.
  • You must pay the amount of fees as ordered from the official.
  • When the time comes for the ceremony of taking oath the couple in question must go to the chosen Marriage Registry with a witness on either side (please be aware that it isn’t gender-specific) to sign an swearing.
  • Also, bring two wedding rings (male as well as female) or a Bible/Quran , as the situation may be.
  • After the oath ceremony is complete after the ceremony, the of Marriage Registrar of Marriage registers the marriage in the official record.
  • Then, he/she will send an original copy of the Registrar’s Certificate on Form C, to the place where the wedding ceremony was held.
  • Additionally, the applicant will be informed by either email or telephone to pick up their certificate through the registry.

Make an application online

  • To apply for the Registrar Certificate on the internet, an candidate must visit the ECITIBIZ portal of the Ministry of Interiors, Nigeria by clicking the web-based application hyperlink
  • If you already have an account you can input the information for the user, then select “Log into” and then proceed. If you don’t, click the “New Account Registration” link below , and then select to select the “Personal account (Marriage)” option in the “Personal” tab on the next screen.
  • Click the “register today” button. The registration page will appear, you need to enter all the required information and then select the checkbox and then click “Register” click. A preview of your account will be displayed after which you can scroll down until you select the “Proceed” to proceed.
  • A confirmation mail will arrive to the email address You must open the email, then click”click here. “click here” link to activate your account. In the confirmation email, “click here” link will appear and you can click it to continue.
  • Login page will appear You can log in again following the directions mentioned previously. After you have logged in, go to the “Marriage” tab, then select the “overview” choice.
  • There is a list of the kinds of marriages that are permitted in the Marriage Act of Nigeria and the description of the types of services provided through the Ministry of Interior through the website which opens.
  • Click on”Requirements” and then click on “Requirements” option in the same tab. There you will find the necessary prerequisites to fulfill to get married. In accordance with the requirements listed you must prepare the documents that will be uploaded.
  • Once you’ve been cleared of the necessary requirements After that, you can click on the “Prohibited degree of relationship” option in the same tab. You will be able to see the allowed degree of marriage.
  • Take your time reading it and make sure you are not in any of the conditions mentioned.
  • Choose the “fees information” option to get details of the fees that must be made online.
  • After you have completed the entire process and have scanned copies of all required documents and the appropriate amount to make payments online you can proceed to submit your application for Marriage by selecting the “Apply to Marriage (New Couple)” option in the “Marriage” section.
  • Choose the location where you would like to have your wedding ceremony from the options in the dialog box that is displayed on screen. Then, click the “Proceed” option.
  • On the next page On the next page, select the “Apply” button beneath the kind of marriage you would like to be a part of. A confirmation window will pop up. Select the “Ok” click to continue or click the “Cancel” option to end the process.
  • The online application page will be displayed. Complete all fields in various sections by filling in the information as needed and making choices according to your preferences.
  • You must provide your preferences for the wedding under the section ‘Marriage information section, then provide the specifics of the male partner and upload the necessary documents for the husband using the “Upload” button under the “Husband details.
  • In the same way, you can complete the “Wife Details” section by filling in female spouse’s details and uploading all the documents required for wife’s use by clicking “Upload” option.
  • After you have completed the process, click “Proceed” button, which will display a warning dialog. Then, read the warning and then click “Submit” button only if it is confirmed that you are able to perform your wedding in the 90-day period of the date of application.
  • If not, click the “Save to draft” button, which saves the application form as draft and then you can pay as per your own convenience.
  • The summary of your application will be displayed. Read through it once and if you find you find any mistakes you need to click the “back” option to correct the mistake or alternatively, make sure you check the declaration box after you have read the declarations, and then click the “Proceed to pay” button.
  • A Payment Summary will appear with two payment options. If you would like to pay via an ATM or a POS choose the “Pay via bank or POS” radio button, then select the “Proceed” click.
  • Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) as well as an an electronic invoice is generated by using which you can pay in the branch or at POS. Scroll down to the bottom and click “Print” button to print the invoice.
  • If you would like to pay via the internet, click on “Online payment” radio button, then click “Pay” click. The payment gateway will be open. Follow the screen instructions and enter the card’s details and then make the payment online in the manner that is appropriate.
  • A transaction ID online or receipt that can be printed for the online transaction is generated. This acts as confirmation of the payment.
  • After paying, the couple must be taken to the Marriage Registry with a witness on either side (please be aware that it isn’t gender specific) to swear on the time and date specified when filling out the application.
  • Also, bring two wedding rings (male as well as female) or a Quran/Bible in the event of a dispute.
  • After the oath-taking ceremony is completed after the ceremony, the The Registrar of Marriage registers the marriage in the official record.
  • Then, the bride or groom forwards a copy of the Registrar’s Certificate on Formula C. It is then sent to the office in which the marriage ceremony took to take place.
  • In addition, the person applying will be notified by email or phone to pick up their certificate through the registry.

Documents Required For Apply for Registrar Certificate

Marriage ORDINARY: (Male and Female)

  • Certificate Birth/Age Declaration
  • Passport photos (as required)
  • Applicable Proof of Single status (Bachelorhood/Spinsterhood Certificate or Sworn Affidavit from Law court)
  • Affidavit/valid proof of marriage (already married)
  • Prove absolute or absolute divorce (divorcees)
  • The death certificate of the former spouse (widow/widower)
  • Evidence of an annulment from the court (where it is applicable)
  • Sworn Affidavit of Possession of child/children (if you are a single parent with children)

Special Marriage: (Male and Female)

  • Certificate Birth/Age Declaration
  • Passport photos (as required)
  • Applicable Proof of Single status (Bachelorhood/Spinsterhood Certificate or Sworn Affidavit from Law court)
  • Affidavit/valid proof for Marriage (already married)
  • Prove absolute or absolute divorce (divorcees)
  • The death certificate of the former spouse (widow/widower)
  • A copy of the Annulment Order from the court (where it is applicable)
  • Sworn Affidavit of Possession of child/children (if not married with child/children)
  • Identification/Indigene Letter from State of Origin (Nigerians only)
  • The International Passport Information Page (people who live abroad)
  • The Arrival Passport Stamp Page (people living overseas)
  • Residence Permit (people who reside outside of the country)

Office Locations and Contacts

Citizenship & Business Department,Ministry of Interior
Room 104 and 123,
Block F Old Federal Secretariat,
Area 1,
Phone: +234 (0) 700 009 9999
Homepage link for website home page link
Federal Marriage Registries address link
Contact Link

What are all the Eligibility

  • Anyone who is a Nigerian resident in Nigeria or elsewhere and who wishes to be able to get married union with an Nigerian or Non-Nigerian is eligible to apply.
  • Two non-Nigerians living in Nigeria and who wish to get married within Nigeria according to the marriage law set out by the Nigerian government can also apply.
  • The relationship of the couple shouldn’t fall within The Prohibited Level of Relations as defined in Nigeria’s Government. Nigerian Government.


  • Special Wedding Special Marriage 25,000.00
  • Ordinary Wedding The cost of the wedding is N 15,000.00


The marriage certificate is valid until the wedding is annulled.

Processing Time

  • Special Wedding The wedding is held for 7 days

The Ordinary Wedding: 21 Days


  • Be aware the following: For Licensed Place of Worship Selection the Formula C is created electronically after the application has been accepted.
  • Check that your State/LGA registry has been authorized through the Ministry of Interior. If not, your State/LGA registry won’t be accessible to select.
  • Any changes in the date (either prior to the previously chosen date or following the previously chosen date) must be reported at the time of the registration to the official registrar. Marriage at least five(5) work days.
  • After you have paid for your marriage Note that the marriage payment is valid for 90 days. If your marriage does not take place prior to the expiration date the couple will have to make a fresh payment in order to complete your wedding.
  • Please be aware that short sleeves or shorts and jeans are not permitted. Also, don’t delay so that you don’t be late for your appointment.

The Information You Need

  • Couple’s names
  • Contact numbers and details for addresses
  • Email addresses for email
  • Date, Place, and Registry and the date of swearing, and wedding
  • Date of Birth and the Place of Birth of the couple
  • State, State and LGA
  • Identification evidence number
  • Details of parents’ jobs and occupations
  • Particulars about banking

The Document is required

A Marriage Certificate from a Registrar could be required to obtain different concessions or services offered by the Government like getting VISA (in case your spouse is a foreign national), Life Insurance, Medical Insurance, official name change, joint tax as well as home loans.,

Information that can be useful

There are certain levels of marriage which are not permitted in the Nigerian Marriage Law which are as follows:

A MAN SHOULDN’T marry his:

  • Mother
  • Daughter
  • Father’s Mother
  • Son’s Daughter
  • Sister
  • The Mother of the wife’s partner
  • Daughter of the spouse
  • The Wife of Father
  • Father’s Wife, Father’s Wife
  • Mother of Wife’s Sister’s Mother
  • Daughter of wife’s daughter
  • Son’s son’s wife
  • The mother of the husband’s father.
  • The Sister of Father
  • Mother’s Sister
  • The Daughter of a Brother
  • Sister’s Daughter

A woman is not required to marry her:

    • Father
    • Son
    • Father’s Father’s
    • Son of the Daughter
    • Brother
    • The Husband’s Father
    • Mother’s Husband
    • The Husband of Daughter’s Daughter
    • Husband and Daughter’s Daughter
    • The Husband’s Mother’s Father
    • Father’s Brother
    • Sister’s Son
    • Brother’s Son
    • Mother’s Brother
    • Father’s Son
    • Sister’s Son

Brother’s Son

External Links

Guidelines on Formula C Registration Certificate for Registrars




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