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Giving notice to marry or form a civil partnership

You will need to book an appointment to declare that you intend to marry or form a civil partnership.

Published on: 3 December 2020

Last updated: 4 February 2021

Giving notice of intention involves attending an appointment at a register office where you will declare who you intend to marry or form a civil partnership with, where the ceremony will take place and that you are legally free to get married or form a civil partnership.

If you and your partner are both UK or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including Switzerland), you must give notice at the register office for the borough or district in which you each reside.

You will need to book an appointment to give notice of intention. Before you book, please make sure you have read through the guidance below.

When giving notice, you need to state the venue where the ceremony will be taking place. We recommend you make a booking to reserve the venue as soon as possible (including booking the registrars in that district, if applicable). 

To find out how we use the information we collect about you, and your rights in relation to that information, please see our privacy notice.

Coronavirus update

The register office is open for urgent appointments only. Please complete this form if you need an urgent appointment to give notice if your circumstances for getting married or forming a civil partnership are exceptional. 

Examples of exceptional circumstances are where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

If your circumstances are not exceptional, please complete this form to be notified when normal service resumes.

Please note that if one or both of you are not a British or EU national you can both give notice in any designated register office regardless of which district you live in.

If you qualify to give notice at a designated register office, please try other designated register offices for an earlier appointment if you are unable to get one with us within the timeframe for your ceremony date.

Please also be aware that most register offices will only be dealing with urgent cases as they need to divert staff resource to the registration of death during this national lockdown period.

For more information, including questions about citizenship ceremonies, and registering deaths and births, read our Registration Service coronavirus FAQ's.