Marriage Officer Registration

Register as a Marriage Officer

The South Africa Secular Society are approved by the Department of Home Affairs as a recognised non-profit organisation that can put forward members for legal certification as Marriage Officers.   

An officiant (or celebrant) performs secular humanist ceremonies for weddings, funerals, child naming, coming of age, and other rituals. Of these, a wedding is the only service for which the officiant must be registered; without registration, a marriage is not deemed legal.
SASS are registered by the DHA to designate members as Marriage Officers under the Civil Union Act, thus providing a secular avenue for non-religious South Africans to marry.
All SASS Marriage Officers conduct both heterosexual and same-sex marriages. In this way, SASS upholds South Africa’s secular Constitution and protects the rights of secular citizens.

Please read the following carefully before application.

  • All applicants must read the SASS Mission Statement and Ethos. Should your views, beliefs, or conscience not align, please do not apply as you will not be accepted.
  • If you practice any religion, please do not apply: you will not be granted a panel interview, nor be accepted as a SASS member.
  • The process typically takes 3 – 6 months, and includes a panel interview (with presentation from the applicant), study material on secularism, and study material required by the Department of Home Affairs required for the certification exam. During this period, applicants will be expected to attend SASS meetings.
  • Only paid SASS members are considered and put forward to the Department of Home Affairs to write the exam. A thorough understanding of the Civil Union Act 17 2006 will be required with a minimum pass rate of 75%.
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