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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 Official Records

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

Marriage Certificates

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

Marriage Certificates

In some jurisdictions a marriage certificate is the official record that two people have undertaken a marriage ceremony. In some other jurisdictions, a marriage licence serves a dual purpose of granting permission for a marriage to take place and then recording the fact that it has done so.

England and Wales

On 1 July 1837 civil registration was introduced in England and Wales, providing a central record of all births, deaths and marriages. A Registrar General was appointed with overall responsibility and the country was divided into registration districts, each controlled by a superintendent registrar. Under this system, all marriage ceremonies have been certified by the issuing of a marriage certificate whose details are also stored centrally. From that date, marriage ceremonies could be performed, and certificates issued either by a clergyman of the Church of England, in a parish church, or by a civil registrar in a civil registry office. Marriages performed according to the ceremonies of Quakers and Jews also continued to be recognised as legal marriages, and certificates were issued.

From 1898 Roman Catholic priests and non-conformist ministers could also perform legal marriages and issue certificates.

The marriage certificate itself is given to the couple who have married. Copies are made in two registers: one is retained by the church or registry office; the other, when the entire register is full, is sent to the superintendent registrar of the registration district. Every quarter, the minister or civil registrar, prepares a further copy of all the marriage entries and sends them to the Registrar General.

The certificate lists the date of the marriage, and the full names of both the bridge and groom. Their ages are included (it's also permissible to write "full," meaning of age, and until 1850 some 75% of certificates said that; if the certificate reads "minor" or "under age," it means that, until 1929 when the law changed to 16, the bride was between 12 and 20 and the groom 14 and 20 years of age) From 1858-1952 a previously divorced groom was listed as "the divorced husband of." with his ex-wife's maiden name listed, and vice versa for a divorced bride.