If you wish to obtain a copy certificate for a marriage that was registered in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland you can apply by post, telephone or online.
The document will normally include full names of both parties, occupation, usual residence, age and name of father for both parties and registration district.
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A marriage certificate is the record of the ceremony of marriage between two
people. Civil registration began in England and Wales on 1st July 1837.
People who were entitled to issue a marriage certificate were a civil
registrar, and a Church of England clergyman. Roman Catholic priests and
ministers of non-conformist ministers were allowed from 1898.
For marriages taking place in England and Wales, approved locations are a
church part of the Church or England or Church in Wales. Other locations are a
register office. Most Register Offices are open between 10am and 4pm Monday to
Friday, and on Saturday between 10am and 1pm. 18 months after the event is
registered, a copy will be available at the General Register Office.
Any other building can be used for a marriage ceremony, provided it is
approved for civil marriage. Also approved are religious buildings which are
registered for the solemnisation of marriage. This would include Baptist,
Christadelphian, Hindu, Independent, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints,
Methodist, Moravian, Mosque, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Spiritualist,
Unitarian, and United Reformed. The registration district of the building should
be where one of the party should live. In some circumstances a Registrar will be
present to register the marriage officially.
For marriage certificates issued in England and Wales, the following note is
"This certificate is issued in pursuance of section 65 of the Marriage Act
1949. Sub-section 3 of that section provides that any certified copy of an entry
purporting to be sealed or stamped with the seal of General Register Office
shall be received as evidence of the marriage to which it relates without any
further or other proof of the entry, and no certified copy purporting to have
been given in the said Office shall be of any force or effect unless it is
sealed or stamped as aforesaid."
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