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Marriage Certificate England

England Marriage Certificate


This site exists to help you obtain a copy marriage certificate as quickly and as easily as possible.


New feature available - Track Your Marriage Certificate Order Online

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

Purchase a England Marriage Certificate Replacement

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.

Copy 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

What a England marriage certificate contains?

A replacement marriage certificate, 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.

Replacement Marriage Certificates from England

All England marriage certificates we supply are fully certified or extract 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.

Details on a England marriage certificate

The marriage certificate also gives their addresses at the time of marriage, their fathers' forenames and surnames (or "deceased" where applicable), as well as their fathers' professions. Underneath there's information on where the marriage took place, the names of the witnesses and who officiated, who will often be relatives, giving more information to the overall family history.
Where you have the precise ages of the bride and groom, it now becomes much easier to go back and find their replacement birth certificates. If there's an indication of a previous marriage, you have an entirely new trail to explore for the family tree!

UK Official Records provides an apostille service to assist you in acquiring official UK Apostille Certificates for UK documents. The Apostille Certificate is normally requested by foreign authorities and organisations so that the document can be used for official purposes outside of the UK. It is also referred to as legalisation. This means that the documents have to be legalised correctly before you travel and often within a specific time period.

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. Order a UAE Legalisation Service,  Qatar Legalisation Service or Kuwait Legalisation Service or Egypt Legalisation Service.
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Replacement of a lost England marriage certificate

The minimum information we will require for a marriage record in England is:

  • Did the event take place in England?
  • Name of the bride or groom
  • Year of Marriage

We can carry out searches of marriage records in the England area for details of marriages usually for copy marriage certificates. Copy marriage certificates can only be obtained via the online order form, the certificate would contain the marriage details first registered.

Further Information for England records

Registers of births, marriages and deaths

Copies of birth certificates

Copies of marriage certificates

Copies of death certificates

Copies of divorce certificates

Apostille Certificate Service

Family History 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.

Apply via the Post

To apply via the post, write to the following address:

UK Official Records
(England Marriage Certificate)
4200 Waterside Centre
Birmingham
B 3 7 7 Y N