1. What corrections can be made

Corrections can only be made when the information in a marriage register is wrong (eg a mistake was made when recording a person’s occupation).

You can’t apply for a correction to show new information if circumstances change after the marriage.

You’ll need to find out if the mistake was made when entering information in the marriage register or just on the marriage certificate. To do this contact:

  • the register office where your civil marriage took place
  • the officer who was responsible for registering your religious marriage or the person who is responsible now

If the mistake is only on the marriage certificate

If the details in the register are correct, and the mistake was made when copying the details from the register onto the certificate, you can order a new copy of the certificate.

If the mistake is in the original registration

You’ll need to apply to the General Register Office (GRO) to make this correction.

The original information will always be shown in the marriage register. After the correction has been authorised, a note will be added to the margin of the register. This will explain what the correct information is and when the correction was made.

Advice

If you want further advice on applying to make a correction, contact the register office or the GRO.

GRO Casework Team
PO Box 476
Southport
PR8 2WJ

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