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Local Self Government Department
Government Of Kerala

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Events to be registered in Local Governments

1. Live births

2. Stillbirths (Foetal deaths with period of pregnancy 28 weeks or more)

3. Death

4. Marriages (Under Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or Kerala Registration of Marriages(Common) Rules, 2008)

  • The events (Live births/ Stillbirths/ Deaths/ Marriages) are to be registered in the Local Government (Gramapanchayat/ Municipality/Municipal Corporation/ Kannur Cantonment) where it occurred
  • If a child is born outside India and the parents are Indian citizens then the event can be registered at the Indian Consulate under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and that birth need not registered again under Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 in India.
  • But if the birth is not registered as said above, the same can be registered in India, under Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969; if the parents are returning to India with a view to settling therein. In such a situation the birth is to be registered at the registration unit (Local Government) where the parents usually reside.
  • Death of an Indian Citizen occurred outside India can be registered only at the Indian Consulate in that country under the Citizenship Act, 1955.
  • Death of Indian national on abroad sailing ships while on sea are reported to the director General of shipping and registered formally only in the local registration office of the area (Local Government) of which the deceased Indian Citizen was a normal resident under section214 of the Merchant shipping Act, 1958.

Statutory provisions available for the registration of marriages in the state are:

  • Hindu Marriage Act,1955 and the Kerala Hindu Marriage Registration Rules,1957 ( Applicable to Hindus, Buddhists, Jainas and Sikhs and registration done at the local government where marriage solemnization occurred)
  • Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules, 2008 (Applicable to all and registration done at the local government where marriage solemnization occurred)
  • Special Marriage Act, 1954 and the Kerala Special Marriage Rules, 1958 (Applicable to all and marriage solemnisation & registration or registration done before any Sub Registrar at the Sub Registrar Office of Registration Department)