Giving notice of intention
Latest Update 23 February 2021
Reopening our office
The latest government advice means we can open our office for booked appointments from the 8 March 2021 in line with the latest guidance.
We understand that many people have been waiting a long time to register their notice of intention and we appreciate the patience of all those affected. Our focus has been to help the bereaved with death registrations in the winter peak and to encourage our customers to help do their part by staying home and protecting the NHS.
At the moment, we are only able to offer a limited number of appointments as we reduce the contact our customers and colleagues have with others. Therefore, please be considerate when booking a notice and only book an appointment if your ceremony is due to take place within 90 days of the date of your Notice of Marriage.
We will be requiring evidence that you already have a booking to get married and your notice will not go ahead and the fee will be lost if you cannot provide this on the day of the appointment.
When to give notice
This is a legal requirement which must be completed at least 29 days prior to the ceremony. In certain cases, depending on your immigration status, this may be extended to 71 days. Therefore, we advise that whenever possible you give notice at least three-six months prior to your ceremony.
You can only give notice after you've finalised your date and location. A notice of marriage is valid only for the venue named on the notice. While it may be possible to alter the date of your marriage, a change of location would require a fresh notice and fee. So make sure that you have booked both the venue for your ceremony and registrars before placing your notices of marriage.
Ensure you know the difference between a marriage and civil partnership when making a booking.
What to bring
If you or your partner is from outside the EU, EEA or from Switzerland, you’ll also need to bring:
a passport sized photo for each of you (even if only one of you is from outside the EU, EEA or from Switzerland)
proof of your current immigration status (for example, your visa)
a translation of any documents that are not in English
Please ensure that all documents are original and not print-outs of emails, online statements or photocopies. If you bank online, you will need to go into your local branch and request a statement on headed or stamped paper.
If you've ever been divorced, widowed or changed your name, you will also need the relevant documentation, in English, for each of these events:
a decree absolute or final order
your former partner’s death certificate
You also need to bring proof of your divorce, annulment or dissolution if it was granted outside of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. There is a fee to check foreign divorces.
If either of you is under 18 at the time of giving notice, you must provide your full birth certificate, with a signed and dated third party translation provided if the document is not in English. Parental consent must be provided in the form of a letter or a Form 55 completed by all relevant parties.
Are you or your partner from somewhere outside of the UK, EEA or Switzerland? You will need some additional information, so please familiarise yourself with what you need to do to register before booking an appointment.
Making a booking
PLease ensure you have read and understood all of the above before making a booking as your notice booking fee is non-refundable in most case.
If you had a booking in January or February which you were not able to attend, and you already paid the booking fee, we will need to ask you to pay this again when making a booking online, but we will refund you the original fee when you turn up to your appointment with evidence of the previous booking/payment.
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