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Apostille Legalisation

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

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Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates and Death Certificates are full length copies and can be used for official purposes.

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UK Marriage Certificates

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Good Morning, Welcome to UK Official Records !

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

Do you need a copy of a UK Marriage certificate?

We can provide you with a copy of a UK Marriage certificate

New feature available - Track Your UK Marriage Certificate Order Online

All UK Marriage certificates supplied are full long version certified copies for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • UK Marriage Certificate Original
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 Marriage Certificate Replacement, 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 Marriage Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:

Bank accounts
Social Security
Employer ID
Driving licence
Visas and Immigration

All UK 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.

UK 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 UK 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. UK 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.

Further Information

Registers of births, marriages and deaths

Copies of marriage certificates

Copies of birth certificates

Copies of death 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.

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in England and Wales in 1837. Registration at the local Registrars office was required for births and deaths. However, the local church was able to register marriages in addition to the registers office. This means that there are three potential sources for a UK marriage certificate.

The information required to be supplied on applying for a UK marriage certificate is:

Date of Marriage
Place of Marriage
Name of bride
Name of groom

For Scottish marriage certificates have in addition to listing the name of the father of both parties, also lists the name of the mother.

In England and Wales in 2000, there was two hundred and sixty seven thousand, nine hundred and sixty ones marriages. This compares with 1999, when there was two hundred and sixty three thousand, five hundred and fifteen marriages.

For current marriages, The Marriage Act 1949 which on January 1st, 2001 was amended, informs the current procedure require for marriages to be completed.

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.