Please take note of the following general information:

  • The marriage of an Algerian citizen solemnised in a register office in South Africa, Botswana or Lesotho can be registered at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Algeria in Pretoria, if the marriage has been celebrated in another country than those countries, the registration must be made at the Algerian Embassy or Consulate in that country or the one covering it;
  • A family book (livret de famille) is issued after registration;
  • The marriage certificates issued by a Mosque in the aforementioned countries must be recognised by the Tribunal in Algiers (judgement of wedding validation);
  • Please be advised that it is in the Algerian citizen's interest not to delay the application for the registration of their marriage. It must be registered at the Algerian Embassy as soon as getting the original marriage certificate from the register office;
  • The application for a marriage registration submitted by an Algerian women married to a foreigner must be accompanied by the unabridged birth certificate of the husband and a certificate of Muslim religion (Certificate de Conversion à l'Islam) issued by a mosque or an association agreed by the local authorities;
  • Please note also that it is in the citizen's interest to provide all the documents listed below (see required documents section);
  • Citizens who are not registered at the Embassy can apply for the registration of their marriage, the applicant must be in possession of a proof of his/her Algerian nationality and identity. In this regards, the only documents accepted are: the Algerian passport, the Algerian National Identity Card (CNIA) or the Military Card with a photo, the applicant must also fill an application form for non registered national and provide two (02) recent passport size photos with the name at the back;
  • It is worth to recall that applications for the registration of marriage should be submitted from 9 am to 12 am in the morning and from 2 pm to 4 pm in the afternoon (Monday to Thursday);
  • Priority is given to applications for registration of marriage made in the same year it has taken place;
  • The process of marriage registration can be achieved instantly as it can take a while, a week maximally (depending on the number of applications).

Required documents:

The documents required for the registration of marriage (Only for marriage celebrated in South Africa, Botswana or Lesotho) are:

  1. The application form, to be filled in arabic, dated and signed by the applicant;
  2. A copy of the marriage certificate issued by the Register Office;
  3. Husband's and spouse's original full birth certificate (short birth certificates are not accepted), of less than 01 year, issued by the municipality of the place of birth (for Algerian husbands and spouses, the birth certificate must be issued from the municipality of the place of birth in Algeria or from the Algerian Embassy or the Consulate in the country of birth);
  4. Birth certificates issued in another language than Arabic, English or French must officially translated (by a sworn translator) into one of these three languages;
  5. Certificate of Muslim Religion (Certificat de Conversion à l'Islam) issued by a mosque or an association agreed by the local authorities for non-Algerian husbands;
  6. A copy of the applicant's consular registration certificate for those registered in the Embassy;
  7. Applicant's proof of Algerian nationality and identity (should be the Algerian passport, the National Identity Card (CNI) or the Military Card with a photo) for non-registered citizens. The applicant must also fill an application form for non registered national and provide two (02) recent passport size photos with the name at the back.

Divorce registration:

In case of a divorce in South Africa, Botswana or Lesotho and if the marriage is already registered by our office, an act of execution (Exequatur du judgement de divorce) must be obtained from the Tribunal in Algeria.

Exequatur d'un jugement: is a Court order, by an Algerian judge, which makes enforceable on the national territory a final judgment of divorce (or ruling) of a local Tribunal. Final judgment of divorce and certificate of no appeal of divorce, if the mention: final judgment is not worn, are required

Lost family book:

If a family book issued by the Consular Section of the Embassy of Algeria in Pretoria is lost, the head of the family may obtain a duplicate. In this case, the documents to be provided are the following:

  1. The lost document form (déclaration de perte) to be filled, dated and signed by the applicant;

Payment by cash of 21 Rand: 11 Rand represent the fee for the lost document and 20 Rand represent fee for issuance of the duplicate.

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