Marriage Certificate Translation

A marriage certificate is an official statement that two people are married. This document may be required for a number of reasons. It may be required as evidence of change of a party’s name, on issues of legitimacy of a child, during divorce proceedings, or as part of a genealogical history and other purposes.

The certificate of marriage may contain the following information (may vary for different countries and jurisdictions): first and last names, date and place of birth, citizenship and nationality of each of the persons married; date of marriage, date of compilation and the number of the record of the marriage certificate; place of registration and date of issue of the marriage certificate.

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Specimen of a Marriage Certificate issued in British Columbia, Canada

When do you need a marriage certificate translation? It usually happens when you prepare documents for visa or immigration, getting divorced, applying for name change, etc.

Being a certified translator, I offer translations of marriage certificates from English to Russian and official translations of marriage certificates from Russian to English.

As I offer certified translation of marriage certificates, my clients often ask if my translations need to be further notarized. Many people do not understand the difference between certified and notarized translations. Here is a short explanation: certified translation does not need to be notarized unless there is a specific requirement by the receiving agency or organization. It is also important to realize that the notary public seal assures only that the signature is that of the person who presented him/herself to the notary — the notary public does not attest to the accuracy of the translation.

One particular case when a notarized translation is required (it is known as a “translator’s affidavit) here in British Columbia: when you are applying for a divorce of the marriage registered abroad. Please always let me know what agency is a requestor of the translation – it will help me decide how to proceed with the certification, authentication or notarization.

If you are in need of the marriage certificate translation, please contact me and I will be happy to help. I offer a special price of 40 CAD for the certified translation of the marriage certificate.