Notice of marriage or civil partnership customer information

Updated 19.07.21 @ 12:44

If both parties are a British or Irish citizen or have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 and are waiting for a decision the parties are required to give notice of marriage or civil partnership in the registration district where they live.

If one or both parties are a foreign national, the parties are required to attend together at a register office in the registration district where one party resides to give notice of marriage or civil partnership.

For a British or Irish national, the following evidence is required:

  • name and surname
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • marital condition
  • place of residence.

For persons settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 and are waiting for a decision

  • name and surname
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • marital condition
  • confirmation of your settled or pre-settled status - you’ll need to bring a ‘share code’ which you can get from the ‘view and prove your immigration status’ service (the code will be valid for 30 days) or your certificate of application for an application to the EU Settlement Scheme you made on or before 30 June 2021 and which you are awaiting a decision on.

For a foreign national (with evidence of right of abode, diplomat/military, indefinite leave to remain/indefinite leave to enter or residence permit), the following evidence is required:

  • name and surname
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • marital condition
  • place of residence
  • immigration documentation – where appropriate.

For a foreign national (with evidence of visa/entry clearance as a fiancé/fiancée or marriage visitor), the following evidence is required:

  • name and surname
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • marital condition
  • place of residence
  • immigration documentation – where appropriate
  • passport style/size photograph**

For all other foreign nationals, the following evidence is required:

  • name and surname
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • marital condition
  • place of residence
  • immigration documentation – where appropriate
  • passport style/size photograph (see below)
  • details of usual address – if this is different to place of residence
  • UK contact details – where usual address is outside UK
  • statement detailing alias(es).

A list of acceptable evidence can be found here:

Photographs

Where there is a requirement, both parties will need to provide a photograph.
Every photograph must be a United Kingdom passport style and size that:

  • clearly shows the face of the party, who must have a neutral expression and not be wearing any head covering (other than for religious or medical reasons)
  • shows only the party and no other person or object
  • is unmarked, unaltered and without tears or creases
  • was taken recently and shows a current likeness of the individual.

Interpreter

If one or both parties do not speak fluent English, a third party interpreter is required to attend the notice interview with the couple. This interpreter must be provided by the couple.

Find out more about acceptable translators.

Referral to the Home Office

Registration officials are required to refer all proposed marriages and civil partnerships to the Home Office, where either or both of the parties are not exempt.
To be exempt from referral you must be a either a British or Irish citizen or a person with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme before the 30 June 2021 and are awaiting a decision and provide the registration official with confirmation of this status, a foreign national who has provided the registration official with the required evidence of an EU right of permanent residence in the UK, of exemption for immigration control or settled status in the UK, or a foreign national who holds a valid marriage or civil partnership visitor visa or a valid fiance(e) or proposed civil partnership visa.

Waiting period

Once formal notice has taken place you must wait 28 days before you register your marriage or civil partnership. In certain circumstances for foreign nationals, this waiting period may be extended to 70 days on the instruction of the Home Office.

Date of expiry

A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months from the date of the notice.

Fees

Please see the list of fees for further details.

When giving notice of marriage or civil partnership, it is important that the venue for your ceremony is correctly stated to the registration official. Failure to do so may result in having to give fresh notice, which will incur additional costs and waiting period.

Please make sure that all the correct documentation/evidence/fees are provided to the registration official at the notice interview, as failure to do so may lead to the notice not being taken.

Please contact us by completing the ceremony enquiry form, to book an appointment or for further information.