It's not that hard, the tricky part is getting your organisation to sponsor you (write a letter on your behalf).does anyone know how to become a marriage officer in south africa?
what do i need, what does it cost, how long does it take etc?
i think it'll be cool to marry people.
The Marriage Act of 1961 prohibits any Marriage Officer from demanding or receiving any gifts or remuneration for performing his civil duties.
In the old days, it was almost impossible to become one without belonging to a recognised body. But these days, who knows?thanks garyvdh,
Do you need to belong to a church or denomination in order to become a Marriage officer?
Thanks, i guess my next step is to phone home affairs and find out.
Yes, all marriage officers are ex officio (by virtue of office) also Commissioners of Oaths.btw, if you're a marriage officer, does that make you a commissioner of oaths as well?
You make an appointment at Home Affairs and get married there. But book early as the waiting list can be quite long.how do athiests get married if there are no non-religious marriage officers to marry them?
Anywhere from R300 for a very basic ceremony to R1000 if the time investment involves several hours of her time.Very informative thread this, I wondered why they say donations are welcome.
In your opinion what is a decent donation? She will be driving about 30km's.
It doesn't have to be at Home Affairs. It can basically be in any building... including a home.Not all athiests want to get married at Home Affairs...
My question was more about how a person goes about becoming a marriage officer if they're an athiest.
For the record, I'm already married.
LOL! - Ahhh, now I understand why our marriage officer was very reluctant to take the money I wanted to give her for marrying us. I practically had to force her to take it as a donation etc. I never knew this and she never once mentioned that the law actually prohibited this. good to know - Thank you.The Marriage Act of 1961 prohibits any Marriage Officer from demanding or receiving any gifts or remuneration for performing his civil duties.
So yeah, that guy is in violation of the law as it currently stands.
There is a proposal in the 2009 draft amendment to change this particular part of the law, but it has not been accepted yet.
You can recover any associated costs, travel, food, lodging, etc. But you cannot charge for the actual ceremony or filling out of forms.
It is a well know fact that many ministers violate this law, even Home Affairs officials. The fact that they are not prosecuted only speaks of improper enforcement.
But the law is very clear on that point.
Thanks thats what I had in mind, hard to tell with wedding and marriage services... there are a lot of people trying to cash in on your big day.Anywhere from R300 for a very basic ceremony to R1000 if the time investment involves several hours of her time.
At least that seems logical to me.
I've heard of some Marriage Officers demanding more than R3000 for a ceremony and I think those guys should be throw in jail... as the act says.