The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has introduced a streamlined process for completing marriage contracts remotely through its digital marriage contract service. This initiative aims to simplify the marriage process for individuals seeking to tie the knot.
The five-step procedure involves the submission and verification of parties' data through digital identity credentials, the automatic retrieval of medical examination results, and the provision of a permanent electronic marriage contract accessible at any time.
To initiate the marriage process, individuals are required to submit an application through the department's website using their digital ID. Subsequently, they access the notary public service, select the marriage contract and notary service, and provide the necessary information. After obtaining approval, the next step involves electronically paying the required fees.
The fourth step allows for the reservation of the preferred date for the marriage contract using the appointment booking system. Couples can choose to conduct the marriage contract either in person or remotely via video communication. In the case of a remote ceremony, the parties meet with the authorized person through a video conference session to finalize the marriage contract. Following this, a digital signature is made through a link sent to their mobile devices. The fifth and final step involves the immediate receipt of the digital marriage contract, delivered digitally after the completion of official procedures.
The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department emphasizes that the service aligns with the advanced services provided in the judicial sector, contributing to the modernization and development of the judicial system. This initiative reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the UAE, Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Presidential Court, and Head of the Judicial Department in Abu Dhabi, aiming to enhance the competitive position and achieve global leadership in the judicial sector.
Since the launch of the digital marriage contract service in October 2022 until December of the same year, approximately 7,000 digital contracts have been successfully completed through this innovative platform.