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Giving Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership in St Helens

What is a Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership?

The notice of marriage or civil partnership is a legal statement which you must sign. 

The notice states the names, age, marital status, address, occupation and nationality of the people intending to marry or form a civil partnership. It also states the intended venue for the ceremony.

Notices are displayed on the public notice boards of the register office for 28 days. Only after the 28 days can the ‘authorities for marriage’ or civil partnership ‘schedule’ be issued. 

The 'authorities for marriage' or 'schedule' are only valid for use in the venue stated, so it is vital that you are certain of the place in which you plan to be married or form a civil partnership at the time of giving your notice. If you need to change the venue after giving your notice you will be required to give fresh notices stating the new venue.

The following information relates to marriage or civil partnerships in England or Wales providing both parties:

  • are over the age of 18.
  • are British, EEA or Swiss nationals.
  • usually reside in England or Wales.

If either party is a national from a country outside of the EEA you will need to read the page on Non-EEA Foreign Nationals

If you are getting married at a register office, an approved venue or a religious building (except Church of England or Church in Wales as notice may not be required), you should give your notices at the register office where you have lived for the preceding eight days.

Notices are valid for one year. The minimum time between giving notice and getting married or forming a civil partnership is 28 clear days.

If you live in another district, find your local register office.

If you are unable to attend the register office due to long term or serious illness please contact us to discuss alternatives.

 It costs £35 for each notice (£70 per couple).

Identification is required to give notice.  If the correct identification is not available at your appointment a further appointment will need to be made, incurring an additional £35 per person. 

We offer limited late night appointments for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information.

Book your notice appointment

Please note, you are only able to select a date on our on line system.  The registrars will check the diary and return to you with an appointment time within the next 48 hours. 

Please note: If the correct identification is not available at your appointment a further appointment will need to be made, incurring an additional £35 per person. 

You will need to provide evidence of your name, date of birth, nationality, marital status and address. The most commonly accepted documents are:

One of the following original documents (or groups of documents) must be provided, for each person giving notice, at the time of giving notice

  • A valid passport
  • A valid national identity card issued by an EEA state or Switzerland
  • Both a certificate of registration as a British Citizen granted by the Secretary of State and one of the first six documents listed "Evidence of place of residence", below.
  • If born in the UK before 1 January 1983 – both a birth certificate and one of the first six documents listed under “Evidence of place of residence”, below.
  • If born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983 – all of the following must be provided - a full birth certificate showing parents details, your mother's birth certificate or passport and one of the first six documents listed under “Evidence of place of residence”, below, and evidence of either parents’ British Citizenship or settled status at the time of the person's birth (e.g. a passport describing the relevant parent as a British citizen or indicating that he or she had indefinite leave to enter or remain). If British Citizenship is claimed through the person’s father, the parents’ marriage certificate will also need to be provided.
  • A valid biometric immigration document
  • A valid travel document

Evidence of place of residence: One of the following original documents must be provided, for each person giving notice, at the time of giving notice:

  • A utility bill dated no more than three months before the date of notice
  • A bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month before the date of notice
  • A council tax bill dated no more than one year before the date of notice
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than one year before the date of notice
  • A current residential tenancy agreement
  • A valid driving licence
  • A letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is the person’s place of residence, which confirms that the person has resided at the address for a minimum of 7 clear days immediately prior to the date on which notice of marriage is given. The letter must also state the full name and address of the person writing the letter and that the person writing the letter is the owner or proprietor, and it needs to be signed and dated by that person.

Evidence of ending a previous marriage or civil partnership: One of the following original documents must be provided, for each person giving notice, where relevant, at the time of giving notice:

  • A decree absolute or decree of nullity of marriage granted by a court of civil jurisdiction in England or Wales
  • A dissolution order or nullity order obtained in England or Wales in accordance with part 2 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004
  • A document or documents, confirming divorce, annulment or dissolution outside the UK.
  • A death certificate. Note: If the person giving notice isn’t mentioned on the death certificate as the spouse or civil partner, a marriage or civil partnership certificate will also be required
  • If you have changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration you will need to provide those documents.

Please note: All documentation must be original.  We cannot accept photocopied documentation. 
Where any document listed above was created outside the UK and is not in English, a full third party translation must be provided. The person who provides the translation must include a statement to confirm that it is a true translation of the document and must sign and date it and include their name and contact details (address and telephone number).