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Clergy and authorised persons
Information for clergy and authorised persons
Information on how to make entries in a marriage register and on
how to make quarterly returns to the register office are contained
in two booklets. One is for clergy of the Church of England and is
called Guidebook for the Clergy. The second is
for authorised persons in non-conformist churches and is called
Guidebook for Authorised Persons.
Both of these booklets can be obtained from the General Register
Office by phoning 0300 123 1837 and selecting option one.
Alternatively you can apply in writing to :
Marriages and Civil Partnerships Section
General Register Office
New registers and marriage certificates can also be ordered from
the same section. New registers should be ordered at least one
month before needed.
You can also download both the
Guidebook for Authorised Persons (pdf 552KB) and the
Guidebook for the Clergy (pdf 732KB). To use these files you
will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it on your
computer, please use our advice page.
Register entries need to be made using Registrar’s Ink. This can
be ordered from :
Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies
1 Rookwood Way
Phone: 01440 703303
If ink is required urgently, please contact the register
Returns should be made using Registrar’s Ink
and relate to the quarterly periods ending 31 March, 30 June and 30
September and 31 December. If no marriage has been entered in the
register then a nil return form must be completed. Returns should
be sent to the register office during April, July, October and
If you need any advice about quarterly returns please contact
the register office.
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