You may have been married overseas, but you need to register your marriage in the UK if you want to be recognised as married here. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 means same-sex couples can get married in England, Wales and Scotland too! In this article, we’ll go over how to register your marriage in the UK when you’ve got married abroad.
Registering your marriage in the UK when married abroad
To register your overseas marriage certificate in England and Wales, you must be 18 or over. You also have to have lived in the UK for at least 3 months before you can register your marriage.
If you want to get married in Scotland or Northern Ireland, it works a little differently so make sure that you research this further.
How to register marriage in the UK when married abroad?
There are a few steps involved in registering your marriage in the UK if you were married abroad. Take a look below to see the steps you’ll need to take to register your marriage:
• Registering your marriage at a register office
• Getting the right documents
• Using an approved marriage celebrant
What are the requirements for registration of marriage in the UK?
If you’re planning on registering your marriage in the UK, you must be over 18. You also need to have been married in a civil or religious ceremony. Your marriage can only be registered if it took place in another country that allows same-sex marriages.
You can register your overseas marriage certificate in England and Wales if you:
• Have a valid marriage certificate
• Have both your birth certificates
• Have both passports (for non-British citizens)
As you can see, it is not very difficult to register your overseas marriage certificate in England and Wales. All you need to do is make sure that you have all the necessary documents such as the original marriage certificate and photos of both partners, as well as a valid passport or identity card for each person involved.