Marriage Certificate Copies

Have you lost a Marriage Certificate or Civil Partnership Certificate and need a replacement?
Our certified legal marriage certificate copies are suitable for official purposes and are unabridged and full/long form.

Ordering is quick, easy and secure.

Replacement Marriage Certificates are available to order from the following dates:

  • England & Wales from 1837
  • Scotland from 1855
  • Northern Ireland from 1864
  • Republic of Ireland from 1845

Is it an official, certified Marriage Certificate copy?

You will receive full or long form marriage certificates which are certified legal copies, unabridged, suitable for official purposes.

Can this Marriage Certificate be used for legal purposes?

Yes. All certificates are full/long form and are suitable for official purposes such as travelling abroad, changing your name on important documents and applying for a divorce.

What is on a Marriage Certificate?

A Marriage Certificate normally contains the following:

  • When, where and how married
  • Name(s) and Surname in Full
  • Occupation
  • Marital Status
  • Usual Residence
  • Father’s Name(s)Surname and Occupation
  • Mother’s Names(s) Surname(s) and Maiden Surname
  • Officiating Minister or Registrar with Designation and Witnesses with Addresses

How long does it take?

Standard Service – Despatch within 10 working days
Rapid Service – Despatch within 5 working days
Priority Service – Despatch next working day

How much is a Marriage Certificate replacement? Is postage included?

The cost of a replacement marriage certificate, which includes postage is as follows:
Standard Service – £25 excl VAT
Rapid Service – £40 excl VAT
Priority Service – £60 excl VAT

What postage options do you offer?

We offer 1st Class Postage, Signed For Service, International Tracked Service and Worldwide Courier Service for all our services.

Can I get a scanned copy of my Marriage Certificate?

Yes, we offer a scan and send service, you can add this to your Marriage Certificate order.

Can I order without knowing the full details of the marriage?

Yes, if you do not know all the details for your Marriage Certificate, this is not a problem. We will do our best with the information you have to locate the record and will confirm the details with you if we are unsure.

Can I amend my order?

Yes, you are able to amend or cancel your order as long as your order has not already been processed.

Can I obtain a Marriage Certificate where the marriage was registered overseas?

If the event was registered with a British overseas authority, then we should be able to obtain it.

I require an Apostille on the Marriage Certificate, can you help?

Yes. If you require an Apostille on a Marriage certificate you can simply add this to your Marriage certificate order. An Apostille ensures your documents are recognised worldwide by all members of the Hague Convention.

Do you provide Civil Partnership Certificates?

Yes, please complete the Marriage Certificate order form with the names of both parties at the time of the marriage.

Who are UK Document Services?

We are an independent organisation who offer an online service for ordering Marriage Certificates. Marriage Certificates are ordered from the General Register Office (GRO) and are not affiliated with the GRO, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) or any government body.

Worldwide Postage Options – 1st Class Postage, Signed For, International Tracked  & Worldwide Courier

UK Freephone Number – 0800 677 1171 (free to call from within the UK)

We Despatch Globally – We can help customers from the UK, Europe and Worldwide locations

Scan & Send Available – We offer a scan and send service

Amend Your Order – You have the ability to amend and/or cancel your order if it has not already been processed

Payment Options – We accept payments using Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, UnionPay and PayPal

Marriage Certificate

In England and Wales civil registration began on 1st July 1837. A marriage certificate is the record of the ceremony of marriage between two people.

Civil registrars and Church of England clergymen were allowed to issue a marriage certificate.

From 1898 Roman Catholic priests and ministers of non-conformist ministers were also allowed to issue a marriage certificate.

Approved locations for marriages taking place in England and Wales are, a Church in England or a Church in Wales or a register office. The opening hours of most register offices are 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 1pm on Saturday.

Provided it is approved for civil marriage, other locations can be used for a marriage ceremony.

Religious buildings are also approved as long as they are registered for the solemnisation of marriage. These would include Baptist, Christadelphian, Hindu, Independent, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Latter-day Saints, Methodist, Moravian, Mosque, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Spiritualist, Unitarian, and United Reformed. One of the party getting married should live in the registration district of the building. There are times where a Registrar will be present to register the marriage officially.

A copy of a marriage certificate will be available at the General Register Office 18 months after the event is registered.

For a marriage certificate 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.’

Worldwide Postage Options – 1st Class Postage, Signed For, International Tracked & Worldwide Courier

UK Freephone Number – 0800 677 1171 (free to call from within the UK)

We Despatch Globally – We can help customers from the UK, Europe and Worldwide locations

Scan & Send Available – We offer a scan and send service

Amend Your Order – You have the ability to amend and/or cancel your order if it has not already been processed

Payment Options – We accept payments using Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, Maestro and JCB Debit and Credit Cards & Paypal

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