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.

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Book notice of marriage or civil partnership

This is valid 12 months from the date notice is given. 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.

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Where to give notice

If you are an EU citizen you must give notice in the borough in which you live (if you live in separate boroughs you must both give notice separately).

If you are not an EU citizen you must provide evidence of your right to marry in the UK and give notice to any registrar office designated for this purpose.

Required documents

2 x proof of identification and nationality for each person

  • a valid full passport (or valid UK-issued travel document or biometric immigration document)
  • either a valid driving licence or birth certificate
  • if you believe yourself to be British and a passport is not available, a birth certificate must be produced with extra ID in the form of a driving licence

If you were born after the 31 December 1982 and do not hold a British passport you will need to produce your full birth certificate for nationality purposes. 

If you were born in the UK between 1983 and July 2006 your full British birth certificate showing parents' names' plus your mother's UK birth certificate. 

If you are not British and do not hold a current passport or an ID card, please contact us for advice.

If you are under 18 years old, you will need to provide a full birth certificate and bring completed consent forms from parents and/or guardians. Contact us for the appropriate forms beforehand.

2 x Proof of residential address

  • an original utility bill (not self-printed) dated no more than 3 months before the date on which notice of marriage is given (eg gas/ electric/ water/ landline telephone/ cable/ broadband but not a mobile phone bill)
  • an original bank or building society statement (not self printed) or passbook dated no more than one month before the date on which notice of marriage is given
  • an original council tax statement (not self printed) dated for the current year which notice of marriage is given
  • an original mortgage statement (not self-printed) dated for the current year which notice of marriage is given
  • an original current residential tenancy agreement (not self printed)
  • valid United Kingdom driving licence (only if not being used for ID)
  • if you don't live permanently in the UK but are setting up residency for at least 7 days especially to give notice, you require the Council Tax Statement from the owner or property, plus a signed and dated letter from the owner or proprietor of the property where you are staying stating how long you have been staying at their property for. This must state their name and address. A second form of proof of residence will also be required

If you have been married before

You must provide one of the following as proof that the former marriage or civil ceremony has ended:

A court-stamped Decree Absolute or Dissolution

If your divorce document records your previous married surname but you have now reverted to maiden name and wish to re-marry using only your maiden or other surname, please also bring a linking document such as the previous marriage certificate. If your passport shows your married name, then this will be included on the marriage licence and normally also the marriage certificates for your upcoming ceremony as you are relying on this as proof of current usage of name at time of notice.

Death certificate of your former partner

Any widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners that are not mentioned on the death certificate as the partner of their previous spouse must also bring their former marriage or civil partnership certificate.

Documents issued in a foreign language will need a translated version as well as the original. The translation can be effected by anyone other than the couple, as long as they are able to provide a full translation (including of any stamps on the document), to certify that it is a true and accurate translation of the original document, and provide their name and address.

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