If you got married overseas you are unable to register a marriage/civil partnership here in the UK, but you can however have your marriage documents deposited with the General Register Office or GRO (www.gro.gov.uk) .
Generally speaking, as long as your marriage/civil partnership is valid and legal in the country in which it took place, it will be recognised in the UK. If you have any doubts or concerns about the legality of your marriage/civil partnership, we would recommend you consult a solicitor.
Depositing your marriage documents is relatively a straight forward process and starts with the completion of an 'Application for Deposit of Foreign Marriage Document'. To qualify, you must have been married in a foreign country but not a Commonwealth country, one of you must be British. You can deposit a civil partnership document from any country in the world.
You will need to send your original documents with two photocopies. We recommend you do this by special delivery to ensure safe receipt by the GRO. The GRO will then acknowledge receipt and return your passport.
Please note, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office charge a processing fee of approximately £35 (subject to change).
You will need a certified translation of your marriage certificate to be able to deposit your marriage documents (which TLC UK can assist you with). We recommend you order one certified translation and two certified copies, which we have a special promotion on and will save you money (please see our marriage certificate price guide for more information). A certified certificate copy can be used at the bank or DVLA or passport office, so that’s why we recommend ordering more than just one.