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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:
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. Please see 'What documents will we need to provide' below for further information. 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.
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.
At your appointment you will need the following documents:
Evidence of name changes (if applicable):
Proof of your name and nationality:
Proof of your immigration status (if applicable):
Proof of your current address:
Proof of ending of a previous marriage or civil partnership (if applicable):
Note: if you were divorced or have had a civil partnership dissolved outside of the British Isles, please contact your Registrar for advice on acceptable documentation after booking your appointment. There will be an additional charge of up to £75.00 for consideration of overseas divorce / dissolution 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).
All documentation must be original. Photocopies will not be accepted. If you fail to produce any of the required documentation at your notice appointment your appointment will have to be remade which may cause a delay in proceedings and will incur a further fee.