—(1) The Registrar shall, at any time after the expiration of 21 days and before the expiration of 3 months from the date of the notice and upon payment of the prescribed fee, issue a marriage licence in the prescribed form.
(2) The Registrar shall not issue a marriage licence until he has been satisfied by statutory declaration made by each of the parties to the proposed marriage —
that, where any party to the intended marriage is not a citizen or permanent resident of Singapore, at least one of the parties has been physically present in Singapore for a period of at least 15 days preceding the date of the notice;
each of the parties is 21 years of age or above, or, if not, is divorced or is a widower or widow or has had his or her previous marriage declared null and void, as the case may be; or
that neither party is below the age of 18 years;
that there is no lawful impediment to the marriage;
that neither of the parties to the intended marriage is married under any law, religion, custom or usage to any person other than the person with whom such marriage is proposed to be contracted; and
(2A) Where one of the parties to the proposed marriage has been previously married but is divorced, the Registrar shall not issue a marriage licence unless that party also states, in the statutory declaration referred to in subsection (2), whether he owes any arrears in respect of any maintenance which is payable under a maintenance order.
(2B) The statutory declaration referred to in subsection (2) shall be made by each party to the proposed marriage in the presence of the other party.
(3) If any party giving a notice of marriage or making a statutory declaration does not understand the English language, the Registrar shall, before issuing the marriage licence, ascertain whether that party is cognizant of the purport of the notice or declaration and, if not, shall interpret or cause to be interpreted the notice or declaration to that party into some language which he understands.
(4) In this section —
“maintenance order” means —
an order for the payment of a monthly allowance made or deemed to be made by a court under Part VIII;
an order for the payment of periodical sums by way of maintenance or alimony to a wife or for the benefit of any child under Part X;
an order for maintenance made by the Syariah Court under the Administration of Muslim Law Act (Cap. 3); or
a maintenance order as defined in section 2 of the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act (Cap. 168) or section 2 of the Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act (Cap. 169);
“marriage preparation programme” has the same meaning as in section 17A(3);