Officiant Application Form

This is a application to become a legal officiant endorsed by the South Africa Secular Society (SASS).

A officiant or celebrant is a person who performs secular humanist celebrancy services for weddings, funerals, child namings, coming of age ceremonies and other rituals. Of these ceremonies, a wedding is the only service for which the officiant needs to be officially registered: Without this, the marriage is not legal in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs certifies Marriage Officers, who must be endorsed by a recognised organisation.

SASS is legally certified to recommend eligible members to the Department of Home Affairs to become legally certified Marriage Officers. SASS now provides an alternative avenue to legally marry in South Africa under the Civil Union Act whether same-sex or heterosexual marriages. SASS strives to uphold South Africa’s secular constitution and protects the rights and freedoms of its citizens by making available the same services to all.

SASS will supply you with all the information and studying material during this application process. Below you can nominate at which office of the Department of Home Affairs you want to write your examination (use the DHA Office Locator on

Please note that, according to the Civil Union Act (2006), “14(2) Any marriage officer who demands or receives any fee, gift or reward for or by reason of anything done by him or her as marriage officer in terms of this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.”

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