Give notice of intention to marry or enter into civil partnership

Give notice of intention to marry or enter into civil partnership

If you are planning to get married or form a civil partnership, you will need to give formal notice of intention to marry – this used to be called a marriage licence.  

You can book an appointment to give notice to marry or enter into civil partnership online. 

There are usually two steps to getting married or forming a civil partnership: 

  • Giving notice 

  • Having a religious ceremony or civil ceremony at least 28 days after giving notice. 

If you need an interpreter 

If you, or your partner do 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.