How to cancel marriage registration

There is no provision as such for cancellation of marriage registration, marriage once registered cannot be cancelled but be broken by the decree of divorce.

Team Law Community
December 17, 2020

There is no provision as such for cancellation of marriage registration, marriage once registered cannot be cancelled but be broken by the decree of divorce. However if someone signed an application for marriage registration, and both the parties decided not to proceed with the marriage, and if the one month time is still not over then an objection from one of the parents of the couple can do so and stall the signing of the couple in the marriage registration book, and no marriage certificate will be issued. 


The entry in the register of intended marriage cannot be cancelled. As per the rules, a very serious function of registering marriages is exercised by the authority. A marriage certificate is a permanent record. The authorities under the rules are expected to keep the records as permanent records and not temporary. The entries made in the memorandum and later carried out in the Marriage Register cannot be altered except on the ground that the entries were fraudulently or on the ground of errors or improperly made. The parties who submitted the memorandum in Form No. I with a declaration that the details shown therein are true to their knowledge and belief cannot turn round and say that the said declaration was made for a certain purpose and, therefore, the entries are liable to be corrected. The registration is liable to be cancelled. The entries in the Marriage Register and the Marriage Certificate are not liable to be corrected at the whims and fancies of the parties to the marriage. The corrections are to be carried out only in the manner provided under Rule 13 of the Rules. Wide powers are given to the Local Registrar for correction of entries and cancellation of entries and registration. There may be instances where an entry relating to marriage was made by fraud, and the victim thereof is entitled to approach the Registrar for cancellation of the entries or registration. In the case of such fraudulent acts, one of the parties to the marriage may be a victim of

fraud. But the parties to the marriage cannot approach the Local Registrar and say that for a particular purpose they made a false entry and as that purpose could not be achieved, they want to cancel the declaration. That is not the jurisdiction to be

exercised by the Local Registrar under Rule 13. That is not the liberty provided to the parties to the marriage to apply before the Local Registrar for cancellation of the entries. The remedy of the petitioner lies elsewhere, and he cannot make any application under Rule 13 of the Rules for the purposes mentioned in the application.

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