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Giving notice of intention to marry or enter into civil partnership

There are usually two steps to getting married or forming a civil partnership:
  • 'giving notice' at your local register office
  • having a religious ceremony or civil ceremony at least 28 days after giving notice
On this page find out when and how to give notice of intention to marry or enter into civil partnership.

Couple getting married

Who needs to give notice

If you want to get married or form a civil partnership anywhere other than in the Church of England, by law you must give notice.
 
You must also give notice if you wish to marry in a Church of England church and one, or either of you, are subject to immigration control.

Both you and your partner must go to a register office to give notice.

The day you give notice is not the same day as your wedding or civil ceremony - do not turn up to give notice expecting to have your ceremony at the same time.

 
 

When to give notice

For most marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 28 full days’ notice at your local register office. The notice lasts for 12 months.

If you are subject to immigration control, your notice will be automatically referred to the Home Office. They have the right to extend it to 70 days.   
 

Before you give notice

  • If you and your partner are British or EU Nationals, you both must have lived in a registration district in England or Wales for at least seven full days immediately before giving notice.
  • If you or your partner are foreign nationals and subject to immigration control, you must have lived at your UK address for at least seven full days before you give notice.
  • You must have chosen a venue. Once we add your venue to the notice, you cannot change it unless you give notice again and repay the notice fee.
  • You must have the right documents and fee.

The day you give notice is not the same day as your wedding or civil ceremony - do not turn up to give notice expecting to have your ceremony at the same time.

 


 

Where to go to give notice

If you are both British or EU Nationals

You must both go to the register office for the district where you have been living or staying for the previous seven days, even if you plan to marry elsewhere.

If you or your partner are foreign nationals

You can go together to give your notices at any register office in England that has been designated by the General Register Office.

If you are marrying out of the district(s) where you live

Before you give notice, contact the local register office for that area to make sure officials will be available on the day.
 

The day you give notice is not the same day as your wedding or civil ceremony - do not turn up to give notice expecting to have your ceremony at the same time.

 
 

How to give notice

To give notice you must book an appointment. We no longer offer a walk-in service.

Appointments are available all day on weekdays.
 

Interpreters

If either of you do no not speak English you must bring an independent interpreter when you give notice, and again when you get married. The interpreter must bring identification and sign documents to confirm they have helped you.

Certificate of No Impediment

If you want to get married abroad you might be asked to get certain documents from the UK government, including a Certificate of No Impediment. 

The GOV.UK website has more details on getting married abroad including an online tool to find out which documents you need to get and how to apply for them.

If you wish to arrange to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment you will need to book an appointment

 
 

What to expect after giving notice

When you attend your Notice of Marriage appointment you will be asked some simple questions about yourself and your partner.

The Registrar will complete a form for you to sign and this will then be displayed for 28 clear days in the Register Office, which the general public are allowed to see.

After the 28 (or 70 in some cases) clear days have expired, the Register Office will issue the authority to marry. The notice lasts for 12 months.
 
Please note you must wait at least 28 clear days after each of you have given notice before the marriage ceremony can take place.

The day you give notice is not the same day as your wedding or civil ceremony - do not turn up to give notice expecting to have your ceremony at the same time.


 

​Information you must give to the registrar

You are both legally required to give evidence of your identity, nationality and residence when you give notice of your marriage or civil partnership.
You must bring original documents. We cannot accept photocopies.

Identity and nationality documents

You must bring your valid passport. If you do not have a passport:
  • and were born outside of the UK, we will need to know why. We may be able to accept your national identity card (with translation if necessary), but we are no longer able to accept Home Office documents.
  • and were born in the UK after 1 January 1983 and do not have a passport we would need to see your full birth certificate together with those of your parents if born in the UK to prove your nationality. We will also need to see some form of photo identification. If your parents were not born here we would need to see proof of their nationality at the time of your birth.
  • and were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, we can accept your birth certificate along with valid photographic identification.
If you do not have a valid passport, we can only accept your national identity card as identification if it clearly states your nationality.
If you have none of these documents we cannot normally take a notice from you.

Passport photo

You must also bring a passport sized photo if either or both of you:
  • are non European nationals and do not have indefinite leave to remain or enter Britain
  • have a marriage or civil partnership visa.

Residence documents

You must each provide an independent document as proof of address. We do not accept documents in joint names.

These documents must be originals and can include any two of the following:
  • Council Tax bill (most recent)
  • bank statement or credit card statement plus a valid bank card that matches to the statement (no older than one month)
  • utility bill (no older than three months)
  • valid UK driving licence.

Additional documents

You will also need to bring additional documents in the following circumstances:
 

You have changed your name

If you have changed your name by Deed Poll, Change of Name Deed or Statutory Declaration you must bring this document when giving notice.

 

You are divorced

If the divorce took place in England or Wales, you will need to produce a Decree Absolute bearing the official stamp of the court.

Evidence of divorce must also be shown if you married outside of England and Wales. This includes Islamic and customary marriages abroad.
 

You were divorced abroad

If you were divorced abroad, we will need to see the original documents issued. If these documents are written in a foreign language, an English translation may be required.
 

You are widowed

You will be asked to produce the death certificate of your late spouse and possibly your marriage/civil partnership certificate.
 

You are under 18

If either of you is under 18 years of age, you will be required to show proof of your parents' or guardian(s') consent. If your parents are now divorced we will need to see the Decree Absolute and the court order determining legal custody of you. Please speak to the register office about the required consent form.
 

You have been married/formed a civil partnership abroad

If you have married each other or formed a civil partnership in a foreign country you only need to repeat the ceremony in the UK if you believe it was not legal. If you decide to get married or form a civil partnership here we will need to see any documents issued by that country when you give us notice.

The day you give notice is not the same day as your wedding or civil ceremony - do not turn up to give notice expecting to have your ceremony at the same time.

 
You must pay a fee to give notice for a marriage or civil partnerships:
  • Notice of marriage or civil partnership - £35 per person
  • Notice of marriage or civil partnership if either of you are subject to immigration control - £47 per person
 

Deposit and cancellations

A non refundable deposit of £35.00 is payable at the time of booking your appointment.

If you attend the appointment, the deposit will be used towards payment for the notice. Any remaining balance owed is payable using a credit or debit card at the time of the appointment.
 
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  • Newham Registration Service
    London Borough of Newham,
    207 Plashet Grove
    East Ham
    London
    E6 1BT

    020 8430 2000