Both Parents Are To Be Included on Marriage Certificates

Marriage certificates in England and Wales will now include the names of both parents, rather than just the name of the father.

The change comes as a new electronic system is brought in to modernise, simplify and speed up the process by which marriages are registered, helping to tackle a backlog that built up throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Home Office said the reforms were “the biggest changes to the marriage registration system since 1837” and would “correct a historic anomaly” by allowing for the mothers’ details to appear on the marriage entry for the first time.

Marriages are currently registered by the couple signing a register book, which is held at each register office, in churches and chapels, and at religious premises registered for marriage.

The creation of a single electronic marriage register will save time and money and be more secure, as the new system eliminates the need for data to be extracted from hard copies.