If you’re planning a wedding in Gibraltar, one of the questions you may have is how quickly after the ceremony you can expect to receive your marriage certificate. A marriage certificate is a legal document that proves you are legally married, and it can be important for a variety of reasons, including changing your name, applying for spousal benefits, or proving your marital status for immigration purposes. In this blog post, we will explore the timeline for receiving your marriage certificate after a Gibraltar wedding.
Issuing of the Marriage Certificate
After your wedding ceremony in Gibraltar, your marriage certificate will be prepared and issued by the Marriage Registry. It typically takes around two to three weeks for these to be received. The Registry Office will send your marriage certificate to the address you provided on your application form.
If you need your marriage certificate urgently, you can request a letter provided by the Registry Office which will confirm that you are both now legally married. This letter can be used whilst you wait for your marriage certificate to arrive. You must make the request for this letter when you present your original documents at the Office the day prior to the wedding.
Collecting your Certificate
If you opted for regular issuance of your marriage certificate, you could collect it in person from the Registry Office during its opening hours. You will need to present identification, such as your passport. If you are unable to collect your certificate in person, you can authorise someone else to collect it on your behalf by providing them with a signed letter of authorization.
In summary, you can expect to receive your marriage certificate from the Marriage Registry in Gibraltar within two to three weeks after your wedding ceremony, and same-day issuance is available for an additional fee. With this information, you can plan accordingly and ensure you have all the necessary documentation to prove your marriage.