The department is headed by the Inspector General of Registration, assisted by a District Registrar for each district who supervises the Organisation registration work in the district. The Collector of the district functions as an ex-officio District Registrar. Under the District Registrar, there are sub-registrars. In 1964, there were five sub-registrars in the district with their headquarters at Dhulia, Shirpur, Sindkheda, Shahada and Nandurbar.

The appointments of the ministerial and other necessary staff at the sub-registry offices are made by the District Registrar. The sub-registrars are appointed by the Inspector General of Registration.


The main functions performed by the Registration department are: -

(a) registration of documents under the Indian Registration Act (XVI of 1908);

(b) registration of marriages under (i) the Bombay Registration of Marriages Act (V of 1954); the Parsee Marriage and Divorce Act (III of 1936); and the Special Marriages Act, (XLIII of 1954); and

(c) registration of births and deaths under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act (VI of 1886).

The District Registrar is required to carry out the instructions of the Inspector General of Registration in all departmental matters. If the District Registrar has any suggestions to make for introducing any particular system consistent with the Act, he submits them to the Inspector General of Registration. The District Registrar gives guidance to the sub-registrars in their day to day work. He visits the sub-registry offices in his district atleast once in every two years and sends his memoranda of inspection to the Inspector General of Registration. He hears appeals and applications referred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration Act, 1908 against refusals to register documents by the sub-registrars under him. Under sections 25 and 34 of the same Act, he is empowered to condone delays in presentation of documents and appearance of executants provided the delay does not exceed four months, and to direct registration of the documents concerned on payment of fine not exceeding ten times the proper registration fee. He is also competent to order refunds in cases of surcharges and to grant full or partial remission of safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or codicil can be deposited with him in a sealed cover and it can be got registered at the cost of the party desiring it, after the death of the depositor.

Registration of Documents

Under the Indian Registration Act (XVI of 1908) compulsory registration is required in the case of certain documents and optional registration is provided for certain other documents. A record of such registered documents is kept and extracts of documents affecting immoveable property in respect of which record of rights is maintained are sent to the officers concerned for making mutations. Certified copies from the preserved records of registered documents are also issued to the parties who apply for them.

In 1963, 10.726 documents were registered in the district. Out of these 9,987 falling under compulsory registration were of the aggregate value of Rs. 14,282,822 and 739 documents falling under optional registration were of the aggregate value of Rs. 1,052,782.

Fees for registration are levied according to prescribed scale, but the State Government have exempted fully or partially levy of registration fees in respect of documents pertaining to societies registered under the Co-operative Societies Act. Certain types of societies, such as urban credit societies, central financial agencies and housing societies (formed of persons belonging to the classes other than agriculturists or backward communities) enjoy restricted exemptions in respect of documents where the consideration does not exceed the specified limits, while all other co-operative societies enjoy unrestricted exemption.[ For details see Government Notification, Co-operation and Rural Development Department, No. CAS-1061/27508-J dated 16th August 1961.] Similarly copies of award under the Bombay Agricultural Debtors' Relief Act (XXVIII of 1947) anal so exempted from registration fees.

Registration of Marriages.

All sub-registrars in the district are appointed as registrars of marriages under the Bombay Registration of Marriages Act, 1954 as well as under the Parsee Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936. The headquarters sub-registrar, Dhulia is in addition vested with powers to solemnise marriages under the Special Marriages Act, 1954. He is also vested with powers under the Muslim Personal (shariat) Application Act (XXVI of 1937). The District Registrar and the headquarters sub-registrars are also the registrars of births and deaths under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act. 1886.