Immediately after the marriage ceremony, the couple may receive a Record of Solemnization of Marriage from the person who performed the ceremony.
This document includes the couple’s names, the date of the marriage, the names of the witnesses and whether the marriage was performed under the authority of a licence or the publication of banns. This is not a marriage certificate or a legal record.
The person who performed the marriage must forward the completed and signed marriage licence to the Office of the Registrar General for registration.
Note: The marriage must be registered before you may apply for a marriage certificate. See Service Times
Who is entitled to get a marriage certificate?
A marriage certificate may be obtained by:
- The bride or groom,
- A parent of either the bride or the groom; or
- By a child of their marriage (natural or adoptive).
If either the bride or groom is deceased, their children or parents may obtain a certified copy of the marriage registration.
There is no restriction on the number of marriage certificates a person may apply for and receive.
If you submit multiple applications, whether by mail, in person, or online, and you are entitled to the certificates, the applications will be processed. Multiple applications may not be cancelled and refunds will not be issued.
Marriage Certificate Applications
There are several different ways to obtain a Marriage Certificate. This includes applications made: