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.

If you are a Non-EU citizen and do not live within the London Borough of Havering, you will need to contact us to book your appointment.

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.

Enquire about Langtons House for your wedding

or call 01708 433481.

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 e.g.

  • a valid full passport (or valid UK-issued travel document or biometric immigration document)
  • either a valid driving license 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.

2 x Proof of residential address e.g.

  • an original utility bill (not self-printed) dated no more than 3 months before the date on which notice of marriage is given (e.g. 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

More information can be found on the website.

Full list of registration fees

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