14th May, 2021

Couples are urged to be aware of rule changes

Harry Leach 4th May, 2021

THE marriage registration had a shake-up this week following changes to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act 2019.

Couples will no longer receive handwritten marriage certificates on their big day, but they will be able to include more than one person as mother/ father/ parent in the marriage entry and on certificates, instead of only fathers’ names.

Paper marriage registers will no longer be used by registrars attending civil ceremonies or for weddings taking place at places of worship.

A schedule will need to be signed by the couple, their witnesses and the superintendent registrar and registrar officiating on the day.

This will replace the handwritten marriage registers currently in use.

The schedule will be returned to the register office where it will be input into an electronic register as a record of the event.

Couples are then able to purchase their marriage certificate online by visiting: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/registration

Hannah Perrott, assistant director for communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: “We really welcome the changes to the regulations under the act.

“The new electronic registers will make the process of certification more secure, efficient and easier to amend if the content of the marriage entry needs to be changed now and in the future.

“The registration service continues to evolve to reflect society and the opportunity to modernise the content of the marriage register to include all parents is really positive.”

Registration Services in Worcestershire are open but continue to operate by pre-booked appointment only.

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