The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury has three functions
• the issue of Special Marriage Licences
• the regulation of the Notarial profession
• the legal work for the awarding by the Archbishop of “Lambeth” Degrees.
The Faculty Office has its origins in the Ecclesiastical Licences Act 1533. This Act transferred to the Archbishop of Canterbury the power to grant “all maner licences, dispensacions, faculties, composicions, delegacies, rescriptes, instrumentes or wrytynges have byn accustomed to be had at the see of Rome”.