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Notice of marriage

When you have decided when and where you want to marry you will need to give notice of your intention to marry.

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The regulations for notices of marriage and civil partnership

  • EEA Nationals

    • The notice period for British citizens or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals is 28 days. 
  • Non EEA Nationals

    • Notice period may be extended from 28 days to 70 days if requested by the Home Office.
    • Required to present evidence of settled status, permanent residence or a marriage/civil partnership visa and the notice fee will be £35.00 per person. If it is not possible to provide this evidence, the notice fee will be £47.00 per person.
    • If marrying in churches of the Church of England and Church of Wales you will be required to give notice of marriage at a designated register office.
    • If one or both parties are non EEA nationals, both must provide a passport size photograph when attending the notice of marriage appointment

Marrying abroad

If you are planning to marry or form your civil partnership abroad you need to ask the relevant embassy for advice.  They will advise what documentation will be needed.  Please do this before contacting the register office as you may need to give notice to us.  The rules vary between countries.  Please be aware we can only take notice for a marriage or civil partnership abroad from British nationals.  If you are a non British national, please contact your embassy for information.

Notice of marriage

If you are planning your wedding or civil partnership or you have provisionally booked your ceremony for next year, you must ensure that you arrange your notice with enough time to comply with the new notice periods.

  • Every person wishing to marry in the UK has to prove their nationality before giving their notice of marriage.
  • If one or both of you are subject to immigration control you will need to attend a designated register office together.
  • If you are not subject to immigration control and you wish to get married in a register office, an approved premise or in a church other than the Church of England, both you and your partner must give separate notices of your intention to marry to the Superintendent Registrar for the districts in which you have lived for a minimum of seven complete days immediately before giving your notices.
  • Everyone wishing to give a notice of marriage will need to produce certain documents which are listed below and it is your responsibility to provide this evidence.
  • A notice of marriage is a legal requirement and must be given by the bride and groom in person.
  • You must know the name of the venue where you are getting married when you give your notice of marriage.

 


Arranging a marriage

If you wish to give notice of a marriage at Hillingdon Register Office please make an appointment to see us.

Make an appointment

When you visit the Register Office you will be asked some simple questions about yourself and your partner. The Superintendent Registrar will complete a form for you to sign. 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 your authority to marry will be issued. Please remember you must wait at least 28 clear days after each of you has given notice before the marriage ceremony can take place.

Documents required

When you give your notices each party will need to produce certain documents that prove your name, age and nationality. You will need to produce evidence of your:

  • Name - One or more of the following documents may be accepted;
    • Current passport (we will not accept a certified copy of the passport)
      If your passport has been retained by the Home Office, we can accept a certified copy of the passport.                                                 
      A certified copy of the passport from the Home Office must be emailed or posted directly to the Register office or to the couple's home address with a covering letter stating that it is for the purpose of giving notice to marry.  The cover letter must be signed by the person certifying the passport. We will not accept certified copies of the passport that are sent to a 3rd party (eg Solicitor).  
    • Current UK drivers licence (with photo)
    • Home Office naturalisation certificate will be accepted in exceptional circumstances, with additional photo identification
    • Home Office travel document of which more than six months is outstanding
    • UK Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • UK Immigration status document (with photo on document)
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo)
  • Age - One or more of the following documents may be accepted;
    • Current passport
    • UK drivers licence (with or without photo)
    • British birth certificate
    • Non-British birth certificate
    • Home Office naturalisation certificate will be accepted in exceptional circumstances, with additional photo identification
    • Home Office travel document of which more than six months is outstanding
    • UK Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • UK Immigration status document (with photo on document)
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo)
  • Nationality - One or more of the following documents may be accepted:
    • Current passport 
    • British birth certificate accompanied by photo identification (if you were born in the UK after 1 January 1983 you may need further documentation to prove your nationality)
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo), if this states 'nationality' and not your country of birth. Further evidence may be required
    • Home Office naturalisation certificate will be accepted in exceptional circumstances, with additional photo identification
    • Home Office travel document of which more than six months is outstanding
    • UK Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • UK Immigration status document (with photo on document)
  • Address - One or more of the following documents may be accepted:
    • Bank statement dated within 1 month but be at least 7 days old
    • Recent Council tax bill but be at least 7 days old
    • Utility bill (e.g. gas, electric) dated within the last 3 months but be at least 7 days old
    • United Kingdom driving licence showing current address
    • Letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is the person's place of residence, which must confirm the following:
      • that the person giving notice has resided at the address for at least 7 days immediately prior to the date on which notice of marriage is given.
      • states that the person providing the letter is the owner or proprietor.
      • states the name, address and is signed by the person providing the letter.  
      • The letter must be supported by a current utility bill of the person making the statement and the utility bill must be dated within the last 3 months but be at least 7 days old

All bills and bank statements must be an original copy and must have been delivered to the address at which you reside. Photocopies will not be accepted.

If one or both parties are non EEA nationals, both must provide a passport size photograph when attending the notice of marriage appointment.

If either of you have changed your name by deed poll or name change deed, you must provide the original document.

If either or both cannot speak and understand English, you must provide an interpreter each.

The Registrar has the right to request further evidence to satisfy the requirements of your notice of intention to marry.

Previously married

If you have previously been married, you will need to produce evidence that the marriage has ended:

  • We will need to see the original Court Stamped Decree Absolute/Dissolution if you were divorced in this country or an original final divorce document with an official English translation if the divorce took place overseas
  • A death certificate for your late husband or wife if you are widowed and your marriage certificate if you were not named as the informant on the death certificate
  • If you have previously been through a civil partnership you will need to produce documents showing that the civil partnership has been dissolved. If your partner has died, you must also bring the death certificate with you and your civil partnership certificate if you were not named as the informant on the death certificate.

Each notice for a marriage held in the UK is valid for one year. If you decide to change venue, new notices must be given. You both must give notice in person - no one else can do it on your behalf.

Deposit and cancellations

A non refundable deposit of £35.00 or £47.00 depending on your immigration status per person is payable at the time of booking. If you attend the appointment, the deposit will be used towards payment for the notice. If you need to cancel or make changes to your appointment, two full working days notice must be given to re-arrange an appointment and two full working days notice are also required to cancel any appointment before a refund will be considered.

Additional Registration Service Fees (payable from 1 November 2017)

  • Consideration of divorce/civil partnership dissolution documentation outside the British Isles by the Superintendent Registrar is £50
  • Consideration of divorce/civil partnership dissolution documentation outside the British Isles by the General Register Office for England & Wales is £75.
  • Consideration of a reduction in the 28 day notice to marry or form a civil partnership is £60.

There will be no refund for non-attendance or if the appointment is abandoned by the Registrar.

 

 

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