Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

If you wish to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you must both give formal notice to a Superintendent Registrar at least 28 days before the date of your ceremony or up to 70 days if you subject to immigration control.

If you do not usually live in England or Wales you must reside here for 7 clear days before the date of notice. The date you arrive, and the date of your appointment do not count as part of the clear 7 days.

The notice is valid 12 months from the date notice is given and is only valid for the licensed venue/premises listed on the Notice of Marriage of Civil Partnership.

The notices will be displayed on the public notice boards of the Register Office in which they were given.

This is a legal document covered by the Perjury Act 1911.

Booking your notice appointment

Each person must attend the Register Office in the district in which they reside to give notice. 

If one or both parties are subject to immigration control, then both must give notice together at a district where either one or both parties reside.

When you book online, you will be asked to create a My Havering account with us if you do not already have one. If you do have a My Havering account, you will need to sign in.

There is also a charge to pay for giving notice.

Book your giving notice appointment

Non-UK nationals giving notice

If one or both of you is from outside the UK, you and your partner must give notice together, unless you both have one of the following:

  • British or Irish citizenship
  • settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an application to the EU Settlement Scheme that you made before 30 June 2021, which you are waiting for a decision on

You must give your notice together at a Register Office in the district where at least one of you lives.

Where one or both partners are subject to immigration control, Register Offices are required by law to inform the Home Office of the couple's intention to marry or form a civil partnership.

The Home Office will review each couple's case and have powers to extend the Notice period from 28 days to 70 days. It will be the Home Office who decide whether or not the wedding or civil partnership can proceed.

Couples who have a valid Marriage/Civil Partnership Visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Right of Abode in the UK will not be referred to the Home Office.

If you do not have a marriage visitor visa or family visa you can still give notice of your intention to get married or form a civil partnership but the immigration authorities at the Home Office will be told.

The Home Office might:

  • ask questions about you and your relationship. If this happens you may need to wait up to 70 days before getting married or forming a civil partnership
  • decide not to approve your notice. If this happens you cannot get married or form a civil partnership in the UK

Go to the GOV.UK webpages about marriages and civil partnerships

What to bring to your appointment

Every person, regardless of nationality, wishing to give a notice must bring original documents with them to their appointment.

Photocopies or electronic copies are not acceptable.

If you fail to produce the required documents your notice will not be taken and you will be required to rebook and pay again.

The full list of evidence is:

Further details about what to provide for each one is below.

Evidence of name, date of birth, and nationality

You must bring one of the following documents.

  • A valid passport. (If your passport is being held by the Home Office, you must request that they send a certified copy to us in time for your appointment. No other certified copies will be accepted)

Or for British Citizens only:

  • if you were born before 1 January 1983, a UK birth certificate, and also:
    • evidence to show current use of the name on the birth certificate (one of the documents listed under proof of residence)
    • if your current name is different from the name on your birth certificate, evidence of how your name has been changed e.g marriage certificate(s), change of name deed, statutory declaration of change of name
  • if you were born on or after 1 January 1983, a full UK birth certificate showing your parent's details, and also:
    • your mother’s UK birth certificate (If your parent was born after 1 January 1983, you will also need one of your grandparent’s birth certificates)
    • if your parents were married at the time of your birth or since you may bring your father’s UK birth certificate and marriage certificate
    • evidence to show current use of the name on your birth certificate (one of the documents listed under proof of residence)
    • if your current name is different from the name on your birth certificate, evidence of how your name has been changed e.g marriage certificate(s), change of name deed, statutory declaration of change of name

For British Nationals who do not have a current passport, please bring one of the following documents.

  • Certificate of registration/naturalisation as a British citizen
  • A valid biometric immigration document
  • A valid Home Office travel document 

EUSS settled status or pre settled status

If you hold EUSS Settled status or Pre-Settled Status or have a pending application for either, then you must bring with you the 6-digit ‘share code’ which allows us to view your status on the Home Office website.

Without this, your appointment will not go ahead, and you may still be charged your full appointment fee.

You will need to obtain this code from GOV.UK no more than 30 days prior to your appointment. See the Government website for further information on how to prove your immigration status.

If you have a pending application for EU settlement status that was submitted before 30 June 2021 you will need to bring your Certificate of Application (CoA)/ digital CoA to your appointment. 

ARC Cards (Application Registration Card) are not acceptable proof and cannot be used to give notice of marriage or civil partnership. 

Proof of residence

This must show your current address, where you have lived for seven full days immediately before attending your notice appointment.

You must bring one of the following documents in your name.

  • Utility bill (not self-printed) (dated within 3 months) This can be a water, gas or electric bill
  • Bank statement (not self-printed) (dated within 1 month) Credit card statements are not acceptable
  • Most recent council tax bill (not self-printed)(dated within 1 year)
  • Mortgage statement (not self-printed)(dated within 1 year)
  • Valid full UK driving licence showing your current name and address (a provisional licence is not acceptable)

If you do not have any of the above documents, please contact the Register Office before attending your appointment.

If at your appointment you fail to produce the required documents your notice will not be taken and you will be required to rebook and pay again.

Marital status

Please bring:

  • a Decree Absolute/Final Order if you were divorced in this country (if your divorce was granted in England or Wales and you have been issued with an electronic version/digital version of the decree absolute, there is still a requirement for a paper version to be presented of this and the covering email at your appointment, not the digital image on a mobile phone or tablet) or an original final divorce document with translation if the divorce took place abroad
  • a death certificate for your late husband or wife if you are widowed (If you are not named on the death certificate you must also bring the marriage/CP certificate)

A statutory fee is payable for the consideration of all foreign divorces. Where certain criteria are met some foreign divorces can be reviewed and approved locally for a fee of £50.

The majority will be referred to the General Register Office for consideration and the fee of £75 will apply. Please be advised that this fee is non-refundable in the event that your foreign divorce is turned down.

We advise that you do not make any ceremony arrangements until your foreign divorce has been approved.

If your name on the Decree Absolute/Final Order/dissolution document or death certificate is different to your current name you must bring evidence showing a link between the two names eg marriage certificate(s), change of name deed, statutory declaration of change of name.

For any document not in English, you must provide a full translation of all wording, stamps and signatures. The translation can be made by anyone other than you and your partner. The translator must add their name and address and certify it is a true and accurate translation.

Use of other names

Please bring a deed poll, change of name deed, or documents which demonstrate the use of the other name.

Photographs

Passport quality photographs for each of you if one or both of you are subject to immigration control and do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

Translator

A third party translator if either of you cannot speak English you are required to bring a translator. You cannot translate for each other.

Home Office referral

Evidence of your immigration status if you are subject to immigration control - you will be automatically referred to the Home Office unless you have Indefinite Leave to Remain/Enter, a Marriage Visa, or proof of exemption

Cost to consider clearance of a foreign divorce

  • Consideration by a Superintendent Registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles (From 1 November 2017) - £50
  • Consideration by a Registrar General of divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles (From 1 November 2017) - £75

Some foreign divorce documents will need to be referred to the General Register Office by Havering Registration Service for clearance. This sometimes can cause a delay. 

The marriage will not take place until clearance has been received.

Langtons House

Enquire about Langtons House for your wedding or call 01708 433155.

Please see the gov.uk website for further information.

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