List Of Marriage Registries In Nigeria

List Of Marriage Registries In Nigeria. Reiterating its claim that weddings may only be regulated and carried out by the federal government, the Ministry of Interior reiterated its stance. Do you wish to know the marriage registries in Nigeria? Read this article because it is for you. 

List Of Marriage Registries In Nigeria


Two adults are sentenced to life in jail with hard labour after they marry (pun intended). I’m joking, of course. It’s not me. Well… The partnership or contract between two consenting adults who have agreed to live together, build a home, and maybe raise their own children is what we call marriage. Two individuals have agreed to join forces and form a new entity, thus it’s called a “union.” Because of the legal implications, it is deemed a “contract” and signed in the presence of witnesses.

When a reference is made to a judicial, statutory, or registry marriage, many people become confused. There’s a lot of muddle about the distinctions between the three kinds of unions. The three are exactly the same, so let’s be clear about that. There is no difference between calling it a registered marriage, a statutory marriage, or a judicial marriage. These names refer to the same item, yet they’re referred to in various ways.

If a party seeking divorce or annulment establishes beyond a reasonable doubt before a court that the necessity for a divorce or annulment exists, it is known as a “court marriage.” As a result, once a marriage has been formed, only a court of law has the authority to dissolve or annul it. It’s known as a registered marriage since it’s done in front of the clerk of the courthouse. It’s important to note that in order for a Nigerian marriage to be legal, the registration must have provided notice before the wedding and must issue a marriage certificate thereafter.

Read also: Marriage certificate in Nigeria: How to obtain yours 

How do you get married in a court, registry, or statutory way in Nigeria?

  1. Section 7 of the Marriage Act states that the registrar of weddings is notified by either party of the intention to wed, as well as the location and time of the wedding, in order to begin a formal marriage.
  2. An entry in a marriage notice book and publication of the notice on a public notice board will be made upon payment of all applicable charges by the registrar.
  3. A 21-day caveat period follows the publication, during which anybody with good cause to believe the couple shouldn’t be married may bring their concerns to the registrar’s attention.
  4. By putting the phrase “Forbidden” underneath the entry of the notice in the Marriage Notice Book, this proviso may be issued. Section 14 of the Marriage Act mandates that a person objecting to a marriage shall provide his or her name, address, and the reason for the objection.
  5. Any individual who is expected to provide their assent to the marriage or who knows of a legitimate reason why the marriage should not take place may enter a caveat. No marriage certificate will be issued unless a court of competent jurisdiction has vacated a valid caveat.
  6. An order to vacate or an order telling the registrar not to issue a marriage certificate must be made by a judge of a high court with appropriate authority after a judgment is rendered in favour of either the caveator or the couple.
  7. Registrars will issue a marriage certificate to couples who notify them of their intent to wed within three months after the notification.

The paperwork needed to get married legally, whether at a registered office or a courtroom

Here are the documents you’ll need in order to enter into a registration marriage contract:

  1. Two copies of your passport
  2. All of your birth certificates.
  3. Of course, a wedding band. A wedding wouldn’t be complete without the exchange of rings.
  4. The marriage certificate will be signed in the presence of one witness from each party.

Read also: Disadvantages of court marriage in Nigeria

The advantages of a judicial union

  1. All authorities recognize court marriage since it is permitted by law.
  2. People of various faiths, ethnicities and social classes are welcome to apply for a court-ordered marriage. This implies that there is no ‘Osu,’ or outcast, as it is often referred to in conventional weddings. Under Section 42 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s constitution, there is no space for discrimination in this regard.
    Contracting is simple, inexpensive, and hassle-free.
  3. In Nigeria and worldwide, a court marriage certificate is accepted as legal documentation. Many European nations do not recognize a formal marriage when it comes to visa applications.
  4. Registry marriages allow couples to opt-out of testifying against each other in criminal cases. The law may, however, force partners to testify against one another in the case of conventional marriage.
  5. Life insurance returns or bank deposits may be claimed by a spouse in the event of their spouse’s mortality without a designated beneficiary.

List of marriage registries in Nigeria

1. Federal Marriage Registry Ikoyi, Lagos state

Address: Kingsway Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.
Marriage Registrar: Mr Adeyemi Samson
Contact: +234-8148355549.

2. Federal Marriage Registry Garki, Abuja

This is the federal marriage registry approved by the ministry of interior. It is located in Garki, Abuja.

Address: 28, Borno Street Area 10, Garki Abuja, FCT.
Marriage Registrar: Mr Momoh,
Contact: +234-8055321576

3. Federal Marriage Registry Benin City, Edo State

This is the Federal Marriage Registry authorized by the ministry of interior in Benin City, Edo State.

Address: 11A Gapiona Avenue, Off Benoni Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo State.
Marriage Registrar: Mr Ozuruonye Chukwu,
Contact: +234-8091671316, +234-7063611363

4. Federal Marriage Registry -Portharcourt, Rivers State

This is the Federal Marriage Registry authorised by the ministry of interior in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Address: No. 40 Railway Close, D/Line, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Marriage Registrar: Mr Marcolo Tijjani
Contact: +234-8036026464

5. Federal Marriage Registry Owerri, Imo State

This is the Federal Marriage Registry authorized by the Ministry of Interior in Owerri, Imo.

Address: No. 12, Bishop S.I Nwaogu Crescent Owerri- Imo State.
Marriage Registrar: Mr Paulinus Okolocha,
Contact: +234-8033795450

6. Federal Marriage Registry Kano, Kano State

This is the Federal Marriage Registry authorized by the Ministry of Interior in Kano, Kano State.

Address: 31 TY, Danjuma Street, Hotoro GRA, Off Shehu Kazaure Road, Kano.
Marriage Registrar: Mr Charles Ola
Contact: +234-8054763106

7. Federal Marriage Registry Jos, Plateau State

This is the Federal Marriage Registry authorized by the Ministry of Interior in Jos, Plateau State.

Address: 74 David Jonah Jang Way, Rayfield, Jos.
Marriage Registrar: Mrs Barbara Dawam,
Contact: +234-8036142263

Read also: 10 Awesome ways to build a strong marriage with your spouse


It is important to note that there must be an order from a competent court if one of them is divorced, and the couple must submit it. If one of the applicants is a widow/widower, they will also need to bring a copy of the decedent’s death certificate with them. If you have more information about this post, kindly use the comment section.

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