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Things to Know About Nikah Procedures

In this article, we will be addressing important issues that couples who are on the eve of marriage should know about the wedding procedures for 2020. If you are planning to apply for marriage in the near future, we think that the information we will provide will be useful to you. Let's start with the documents required for a marriage application. Then let's talk about other details you need to know.

What are the Documents Required for Nikah Application?

Before you get your wedding date from the marriage registry office, you should prepare your documents in full so that there will be no complications later. The basic documents you need are as follows:

  • Your ID cards and photocopies (Driver's license is not accepted.)
  • Passport size photo (we recommend you to take 6 photos each)
  • Health report
  • Civil registration copy or marriage license certificate
  • Proof of residence
  • Declaration of marriage

You can find out exactly what these documents are, where and how to obtain them by reading this article: Documents Required for Nikah.

However, there may be differences in the documents required for a marriage application. In other words, you may need fewer or more documents due to special circumstances or depending on the municipality you are applying to. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you read the article mentioned above. To give an example: If couples are getting married outside of their districts of residence, the couple must marriage license to get a residence certificate. Or, if the municipality where the couple is applying is connected to the e-government system, you may not need a certificate of residence. Therefore, to be sure, we recommend that you get information from the website of the municipality where you will make your application or call the municipality in advance.

Since the marriage health report is one of the most frequently asked and problematic documents, we have discussed it in a separate topic. You can find out where to get this document, which tests you need to have and all other details by reading our article below: How to Get a Health Report for Marriage?.

The papers are done... What do I do now?

There are some cases where the marriage application is not accepted or extra documents are required (such as one of the couple being under 18 years of age, or a period of limitation), so you need to check in advance if there are any obstacles to marrying your future spouse. You can find detailed information about obstacles to marriage in this article: What are the Obstacles to Marriage?.

If there is no obstacle to your marriage, you can apply for a wedding date.

Where to Apply for a Nikah?

Together with your documents, you need to go to the marriage office of the municipality where your marriage will be held, the marriage office in the district where you or your future spouse reside, or the district mufti offices. (If you live in the village, you can make your application to the village headman).

As we have said before: If the marriage is to be performed in the district where one of the couple resides, you need to obtain a marriage license. (In order to obtain this document, you must apply to the municipality of the district where you or your future spouse reside). You can find detailed information about the marriage license in this article: How to Obtain a Marriage License?.

Other Details You Should Know About Nikah Procedures

It is natural for couples to have questions before applying for marriage. Let's answer these questions so that there is nothing missing.

How Many Days Do Nikah Procedures Take?

We think you can collect all the documents within 2-3 days. However, if the institutions you need to go to are far from where you live or if it is a weekend, you can add a few more days to this period.

When to Apply for a Nikah?

You must submit your application within 6 months of receiving your documents. Otherwise, some documents will expire and you will need to obtain them again.

How many days after the application is the wedding date set?

Getting a wedding date is now much easier. If you want a closer date, you can usually get a wedding day the day after the application or 2-3 days later. If you have in mind to have a quick wedding like a lightning wedding, you can read this article: How to Perform a Lightning Wedding?.

Can I Get Married on a Public Holiday or Weekend?

If the registrar and/or the marriage hall at the registry office is available, yes. However, it is worth noting that the prices are much higher outside of working hours.

How Much Does the Wedding Procedure Cost?

You can visit the website of the municipality you want to apply to or call by phone to get information about the fees for the wedding ceremony. (It would not be right to give an approximate price, but we can say that all costs are in the range of 250-700 TL).

How many days is a marriage license?

Marriage leave varies between 3 and 7 days depending on the institution you work for. If you are wondering what you need to do to get your marriage permit, when the marriage permit starts and other details, you can read our article below: How many days is a marriage license and how to get it?.

Does it end when you get married?

No, of course not. There are some official procedures that couples must do after marriage. You can learn about them by reading this article: Official Actions to be taken after Marriage.

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