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Copies of marriage certificates

How to get a copy of a marriage certificate

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.

  • Marriage Certificate

The document will normally include full names of both parties, occupation, usual residence, age and name of father for both parties and registration district.

What information do we need?
You will need to provide the following information:

The name or names the certificate applies to

The date of the event

The place of the event

Any other relevant information that may help us locate the certificate

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 added:

"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."

Certified Certificates -  You will receive a full/long form certificate which are certified legal copies, suitable for official purposes such as Passports, Visas, Driving Licences, Pensions, Work pre-checks, for example, Criminal Records Bureau, or for Social Security and Immigration.

Affiliation - We act as agents, whether you require a replacement certificate, legalisation or consular services. We are not affiliated with the Identity and Passport office, or any other government body.

Certificate Sources - Certificates are obtained from the Identity and Passport Service. The Identity and Passport Service maintains the national archive of all births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1837. The standard service provided by the IPS takes up to 15 working days, 3 full weeks, before your certificate is issued and the cost is lower. UK Official Services provides the same service in just 9 working days and the cost start from £13.99 and also handles all of the complications of your order for you.  Apostilles are ordered from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Document value is £30.00. Additional service charge covers ordering services and delivery.

Added Value - With UK Official Services you can track online the progress of your order. If you do not know all the details for your certificate, this is not a problem. We will do our best with the information you have to locate the record. We provide legalisation and consular services for your certificates. We provide a Worldwide courier service. Optional email scan of certificates provided.

Legalisation - Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country.

Uses - If you are required to produce a certificate for an application for a Passport, Driving Licence, Pension, Visa, Work check including Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, Housing Applications, Social Security and Immigration or are just conducting Family History Research, we are here to help. 

Certificate Dispatch  - All certificates are despatched within the stated time frame shown on the order form.

Payment - Payment can be made via our secure server using your Debit Card or Credit Card. We accept Visa, Visa Debit and MasterCard payments. Payment can also be made via PayPal. 

Customers - We can undertake orders for customers from the UK, Europe and Worldwide.