A notice of marriage or civil partnership is a legal declaration that you and your partner are free to marry or form a civil partnership. It is displayed on the public notice boards of the register office for 28 days, unless further investigation is required by the Home Office. If an investigation is required it can be extended to 70 days. When the notice period is complete, the marriage or civil partnership is authorised and the ceremony can take place at any time over the next 12 months.
Points to consider before you give notice
- You need to give notice at least 29 days before the ceremony
- You need to have your ceremony within 12 months of submitting your notice
- The ceremony must take place at the venue stated on the notice. If the venue is changed for any reason, you and your partner will need to submit a new notice, which will incur additional fees.
Documents you need to provide
You will need to provide the following documents at your appointment:
- Proof of identity - valid passport, EU identity card
- Proof of address - utility bill issued within 3 months of the date of the appointment and at least 9 days old or a bank statement issued within 1 month of the date of the appointment and at least 9 days old or a driving licence
- Original decree absolute (if applicable) or foreign divorce papers which will need to be translated into English and verified. This will incur additional charges. For the full price list, see our Register office fees page.
- Death certificate and original marriage certificate (if applicable)
- Address and postcode of the venue where the ceremony will be held and ensure that both the venue and registrars are booked
Book an appointment to give a notice of marriage
To book an appointment please contact us by telephone.
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