Process of Applying for Replacement of Your Marriage certificate

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The marriage certificate is considered the most vital document of a marriage. It is to prove that a couple is legally wedded. A couple’s marriage certificate becomes a requirement when applying for a passport, Visa and opening a bank account after the wedding. In case of any marriage disputes the marriage certificate is considered as a very strong evidence of the wedding.


For women a marriage certificate is very important in the case of any marriage dispute since it provides valid evidence of the wedding. If an individual wishes to get a life insurance policy he/she must present his/her marriage certificate. The importance of that little document can not be over emphasized . Unfortunately ,sometimes this very important document gets misplaced by couples.


Are you one of the couples, who has found yourself in this dilemma and is wondering if there is a way out? The good news is yes, there is a way out. You can always get a Replacement at the Marriage Registry where your marriage was registered. Getting a replacement is quite easy, I will list out the process below:

  1. You will need to write an Application addressed  to the Registrar requesting for a Replacement of your Marriage certificate . You will submit your application with the following documents;
  2. a) Police Report for  loss of the certificate,  b)A copy of the certificate, if you have any  c)A valid means of Id,  Drivers license , Nigeria international passport or Voters card.                                                         d)2passport photograph and finally               e) N10,000 as at the time of writing this.
  3. After the submission with the above documents , you check back in a week time and your new Marriage certificate is ready.Always Remember it is advisable never to laminate your marriage certificate

17 Replies to “Process of Applying for Replacement of Your Marriage certificate

  1. I have always wondered if it was possible to get a marriage certificate and what the process could be, this post was helpful. I am saving it just in case I ever need it

  2. This article is quite helpful. I have been trying to replace a missing marriage certificate. I contacted the Federal Marriage Registry Ikoyi and I was informed that the fee has risen to ₦25,000 which I think is too outrageous.

    1. 25,000? That’s way too outrageous.. I was gonna complain about the 10,000. No wonder we have alot of fake documents in Nigeria.

    1. Hello Tracy, I hope you are doing well.
      How far have you gone with the process, I have gotten all the documents required, I just don’t know where or who to take it to, I tried their online retival process and it ended up being a scam. Can you assist, please? Thanks

  3. A friend of mine narrated how the person who attended to his wife was expecting her to drop something after paying the outrageous amount can you imagine that?

    1. Hello Peter, I currently having a similar issue, however, I am currently not in the country and unsure of how I can go about this.
      Can you provide any form of assistance, please? I would really appreciate if I can be able to have a word with your friend to understand how I can go about this. Thanks.

  4. Pls i will appreciate it if anyone can tell me if i can send someone on my behalf to do it for me as i am working. Perhaps i can give the person an authorization letter.

  5. I live in Europe, I sent my sister today to find out how to replace a lost certificate and the cost…..she was told 50k for original and 15k for a certified copy.
    What a country!

  6. Pls can anyone help me with d steps I can take to get another marriage certificate.It got removed from d scroll and was eaten up by rat.i had my marriage done in ibadan north west local govt.

    1. But this article already outlined the process to follow to replace your certificate so i am wondering what help you are asking for again.

  7. Mine is correction on date of birth on my marriage certificate with sworn affidavit but the registra that wedding is altered it and wrote the correct date of birth hope the certificate is still legal?

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