Apply for a copy of a marriage certificate

How to apply for a certificate for any marriage that took place in Suffolk after July 1837.

You can apply for a copy of a marriage certificate online.

The cost of the certificate is £11.

If you wish to have your certificate sent by Royal Mail Secure & Signed for postage, there is an additional charge of £7. 

Please be aware this will only ensure the delivery of your certificate, but will not speed up the process of your order. If you require fast service, you will need to pay for the express certificate service.

The majority of certificate requests will be completed from our archives at the Bury St Edmunds Register Office.

However, some entries (particularly recent entries) may still be held at your local office, or the church where the ceremony took place. 

If you married in a church within the past two years we would strongly recommend checking with the church first to avoid any inconvenience.

Important note: We are only able to accept applications via this site for marriages which took place in Suffolk. To avoid additional cost and inconvenience please check this point carefully before proceeding.

Apply for a copy marriage certificate

Before you apply

To apply for a copy of a marriage certificate online, you'll need the following information to hand:

  • details of the married couple (full name of both partners, date and place of marriage)
  • your name, address and contact details
  • payment information
  • reason for request and any other comments to assist with our search

Delivery options

Postal delivery

All standard service certificates are posted by second class post to UK addresses. Certificates ordered under the priority service are posted first class to UK addresses. 

The fee for overseas postage is £7.

If you require your order to be sent by Royal Mail secure postage, the fee for this is an additional £7.

Please be aware this will only ensure the delivery of your certificate, but will not speed up the process of your order. If you require fast service, you will need to pay for the express certificate service.

We aim to issue all certificates within 5 working days of receiving your application, unless ordered using the priority service.

We use Royal Mail for our certificate ordering service. Please read their published delivery timescales and customer satisfaction standards in the event of a delay or problem with the receipt of your order.

Should your certificate not be received in line with this guidance, please contact us for assistance.

Collection

Certificates can be collected in person from the Bury St Edmunds office free of charge.

Please note: Certificates will be held for six months from the date of order. After this time a new order and payment will need to be made.

If you have elected to receive your certificate by collection, the collection point will be:

7 Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1UZ

Express Certificate Service

We offer an express service for those who wish to receive their copy of a certificate quickly.

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by:

  • phoning any office, and paying using a debit/credit card.
  • visiting an office in person

Your certificate will only be available for collection in person at the Bury St Edmunds Office.

Details of each office can be found on the Suffolk Register Offices contact list.