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Legalisation (Apostille) is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine.

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Replacement Marriage Certificates UK

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Good Morning, Welcome to UK Official Services !

This site exists to help you obtain an Replacement Birth, Death or Marriage certificate as quickly and as easily as possible.


Do you need a copy of an Marriage certificate?



We can provide you with a copy of an Marriage certificate

New feature available - Track Your Marriage Certificate Order Online

All Marriage certificates supplied are full long version certified copies for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Marriage Certificate
The document will normally include full names of both parties, occupation, usual residence, age and name of father for both parties, place of marriage and registration district.

Order a Replacement Marriage Certificate , suitable for both legal and family history uses. Sometimes also known as Wedding Certificate, these documents are essential to prove a change of name when married. If you have lost your marriage certificate, or need one for family history purposes, this replacement copy will help you.

Duplicate British Marriage Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:

Passports
Bank accounts
Pensions
Social Security
Employer ID
Driving licence
Visas and Immigration
Divorce
Adoption

All Replacement marriage certificates we supply are fully certified copies which are suitable for all official purposes. Some reasons for obtaining a certificate include an application for Adoption, applying for an academic course, applying for a passport or a driver's licence. One of the most common reasons is that the original certificate was lost or mislaid.

Original marriage certificates do not require a signed release or similar for the order to be processed. Nor does further documentation (e.g. driver's licence or passport) have to produced. Generally, there will be no special needs for the order to be completed, beyond the initial supplying of information and payment.

There is no choice between non certified and certified - all certificates issued are certified. All certificates issued are issued with an official seal, some certificates have a raised seal or a stamped seal.

We can supply birth certificates from the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain (GB) England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and many overseas births where the location was once a British territory, or if the event was registered with a British consulate.

Lost marriage certificate

We can carry out searches of the records for the UK area and you can order a copy certificate(s) via the online order form. Copy certificates can be obtained via the online order form, the certificate would contain the marriage details first registered. The minimum information needed to find an entry is the grooms and brides name, place of marriage and year the marriage took place.

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Registers of births, marriages and deaths

Copies of death certificates

Copies of marriage certificates

Copies of birth certificates

How to marry

You can get married by a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony. In both cases, the following legal requirements must be met:-

The marriage must be conducted by a person or in the presence of a person authorised to register marriages in the district

The marriage must be entered in the marriage register and signed by both parties, two witnesses, the person who conducted the ceremony and, if that person is not authorised to register marriages, the person who is registering the marriage.

Require an Apostille (Legalised) UK Certificate? An Apostille is a certificate confirming that a signature or a seal on a certificate is genuine. The process of obtaining an Apostille is called Legalisation. Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country. Apostille Certificates issued in the UK will be accepted in the following countries without further legalisation ? Apostille Countries.

When you get a Replacement marriage certificate, it probably offers the best boost to genealogy research of any document. Not only does it tell you the exact date of the marriage and the full names of the couple, it also includes their ages (however, it might just say "full," meaning of age; around 75% of marriages certificates just list "full" until the early 1850s. If it says "minor" or "under age" that means between the ages of 12 and 20 for a girl and 14-20 for a boy, at least until 1929, when the lower age limit for marriage became 16, giving you a fair amount of exact information for your family tree.
It's possible that the names weren't spelt correctly. When illiteracy was more common neither the bride nor groom might have been able to check the spelling of their names, and if the spelling is wrong, the index will be wrong, an absolute nightmare in genealogy, and one that causes endless problems when looking into a family tree.

We assume that the information supplied is accurate, and so cannot bear responsibility for any issues developing from any information which is inaccurately supplied. However, we will endeavour to locate and order the correct certificate, and so if the information supplied does not match the records we locate, we will contact you to resolve this.

The information below refers to the text of a United Kingdom (UK) Marriage Certificate from England and Wales. There may be some variance with other English and Welsh marriage certificates. Other British marriage certificates issued in Scotland and Northern Ireland will also vary.

Certified copy of an entry of Marriage Given at the General Register Office

Marriage Solemnized at (Register Office or Religious building such as a church or a private building) in the (Registration District) of (Registration County)

Column 1 - When married

Column 2 - Name and Surname of bride and groom.

Column 3 - Age

Column 4 - Condition (e.g. Bachelor/Spinster or Widow/Widower)

Column 5 - Rank or profession

Column 6 - Residence at the time of marriage

Column 7 - Father's Name and Surname

Column 8 - Rank or profession of Father

Married in the (e.g. Parish Church, or Baptist Church, The Catholic Church) according to the Rites and Ceremonies of (The Established Church, the Baptists, the Roman Catholics, respectively).

This marriage was solemnized between us (Bride and Grooms signature. If either party were illiterate, it would be recorded as 'The mark of _________'