How to Obtain a Copy of a Marriage Certificate in the UK

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How to Obtain a Copy of a Marriage Certificate in the UK
Order a copy of a UK marriage certificate from the General Register Office. (birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

The General Register Office (GRO) maintains records of all births, deaths and marriages in the United Kingdom, while local registers maintain the records of events in their community. While there is one GRO for England and Wales, there are different GROs for Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can apply for a copy of a marriage certificate from a GRO or a local register online, over the phone or via mail. If you can provide the office with a certificate index reference, you will receive the certificate within 4 days. Otherwise, it will arrive within 15 business days.

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    Obtain an index reference for the marriage certificate. The General Register Office index reference consists of the year, volume number, page number and the district where the marriage took place. You can search for your GRO index reference at one of the following websites, free or for a fee:

    FreeBMD.org.uk Findmypast.com Bmdindex.co.uk Familyrelatives.com Thegenealogist.co.uk Ukbmd.org.uk Ancestry.co.uk

    You can also view them at the following locations:

    Greater Manchester County Record Office Birmingham Central Library Bridgend Reference and Information Library Plymouth Central Library City of Westminster Archives Centre London Metropolitan Archives The British Library

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    Obtain a form from the General Register Office and fill it out. Call the office at +44-845-7788 or send a message to certificate.service@ips.gov.uk to request the form. The form requires the date of the marriage; the names, ages, marital status, occupation and residence of the bride and groom at the time of marriage; and the name and profession of the father of the bride and the father of the groom.

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    Order the marriage certificate by mail, phone or online:

    To place your order by mail, send the form to GRO, along with a check, postal order or your credit card information.

    General Register Office PO Box 2 Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD

    Call GRO at +44-845-7788 to order by phone. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Pay for your order with a debit or credit card.

    If you wish to order the marriage certificate online, register on the GRO website, then place your order. Pay with a credit or debit card.

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    Apply for a marriage certificate from a local register. You can order by telephone or by mail. Direct.gov.uk provides a page you can use to search for local register offices.

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    Determine your payment. The fees will vary depending on your method of application, whether you have provided an index number, the mailing service you select and whether you are requesting extra copies. As of April 6, 2010, all standard service fees were 4.2 Kilogram and priority service fees were 10.6 Kilogram.

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