About Us Registration of Marriages already solemnized in USA


Marriages of Indian nationals solemnized abroad are registered under the Foreign Marriages Act 1969.


One of the prospective bride or bridegroom must be an Indian national and a legal resident withing the consular jurisdiction of CGI Chicago. Consular jurisdictions may be seen at https://www.indianembassyusa.gov.in/pages/MTk .


A fee of US$50.00 (Fifty Only) and an additional fee of US$2.00 (Two Only) towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) per application. The fees should be paid in cash or as two separate money orders / cashier's cheques, drawn in the favour of 'Consulate General of India, Chicago’. Personal cheques, personal money orders, debit / credit cards and other banking instruments are not accepted.

How to apply:

This service is available only in person at the Consulate. The bride and bride-groom, along-with the three witnesses are required to be present and sign before the Consular Officer for the registration of the marriage. Please email at cons.chicago@mea.gov.in to schedule an appointment as walk-in / in person services are currently suspended at the Consulate due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Documents required:

1. Bride and bride-groom both have to fill and sign the two forms: Miscellaneous Application Form and Marriage Registration Request From. Paste recent passport size photographs wherever required.
2. Marriage Certificate issued by the local authorities in USA (court / county) to be submitted in original along with a photo-copy.
3. Passport, VISA and current residence proof of the bride, bridegroom and the three witnesses to be submitted in original along-with a photo-copy. VISA is not required for US nationals.
4. Please bring two spare passport size photographs of the bride and bride-groom for pasting it on the marriage registration certificate.

Processing time :

Same day, however, if unforeseen technical reasons occur, services can be delayed till those problems are resolved.