Anyone can apply for a copy of a marriage or civil partnership certificate if the ceremony took place in Brighton & Hove or Steyning as long as you know some important information about the ceremony:

  • date of marriage or civil partnership
  • venue of marriage or civil partnership
  • full name of both partners at the time of the marriage or civil partnership
  • any other surname used before the marriage or civil partnership
  • address of both partners (if you are applying for a copy of a civil partnership certificate) 

What are our costs and fees

Our standard service costs £11. Certificates will be issued after 15 working days by second class post

We also offer a 24 hour priority service if you require a certificate urgently. This costs £35.

Priority applications must be made by midday for next day delivery. 

Apply online

The easiest way to apply is by using our online marriage or civil partnership application form

You will need to pay for the certificate at the time of application.

Apply by phone

You can apply for a marriage or civil partnership certificate by phoning the register office:

You will need:

  • details of the person whose marriage or civil partnership certificate you are applying for (as listed above)
  • a daytime contact phone number where you can easily be reached, in case we  need to contact you
  • to pay for the certificate at the time of application

Please phone 01273 292 016 during opening hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday: 10am to 12 noon

Apply in person

You can apply for a copy of a marriage or civil partnership certificate by visiting Brighton Town Hall during our search room opening times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday: 10am to 12 noon

Obtain certificates from elsewhere

We only hold records of births, marriages, civil partnership and deaths which occurred in Brighton & Hove or Steyning. If you wish to apply for a certificate from anywhere else in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland you may find the following links useful: