If you and your partner are both UK or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including Switzerland), then notice must be given to the local register office to where 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.
Before giving notice, you must both have established a residence at an address in England or Wales for at least 7 consecutive days immediately prior to giving notice (not including the first day you start living at the address or the day you go to give notice).
You must both give notice at least 29 days before the ceremony. In certain cases, depending on your immigration status, this may be extended to 71 days.
Your notice of marriage or civil partnership will be valid for 12 months from the date you give notice.
The notice is only valid for the ceremony location that you state at the time of giving notice. Therefore, if you subsequently decide to change the venue a new notice will need to be given and the notice period of 29 to 71 days will need to be completed again.
If you or your partner are foreign nationals from outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland, you must both attend a designated register office together to give notice.
However, if you are both exempt from immigration controls in the UK (for example, you have right of abode, diplomatic status or are serving in HM Forces), notice must instead be given at your local register office. You must both make a declaration of your immigration status at the time of giving notice.
If either of you has a limited visa (for example, a work, student or tourist visa), you will automatically be referred to the Home Office for further investigation which may result in your notice period being extended to 71 days.
It is strongly recommended that non-EEA nationals (subject to immigration controls) planning to enter the UK to get married, first get a marriage or civil partnership entry clearance visa before travelling. The visa is valid for 6 months and can be used for the giving of your notices and for the ceremony itself.
If you don't have the correct visa, it may be harder to enter the country when you arrive in the UK for the ceremony.
Further details can be found at GOV.UK.
You must to attend in person and bring supporting documents with you. All documents must be valid originals. Expired documents or photocopies are not accepted. You are responsible for supplying the correct documents at the appointment and ensuring that you have allowed enough time to fulfil all of the requirements.
|Passport||Valid passport proving your identity and nationality|
|Proof of address||
Please bring one of the following for each person giving notice:
If either party is referred to the Home Office and their usual place of residence is different to the address provided for the purpose of giving notice, then proof of their usual address (even if overseas) will be required. If this applies, please contact Westminster Register Office.
|Proof of immigration status||If either of you are nationals from outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland, you will need to bring evidence of your immigration status with you to your appointment, e.g. visa stamp in passport, Biometric residence card etc.|
|Passport size photographs||
If either of you are within the Home Office referral scheme (ie you are a non UK, EEA or Swiss national and possess a limited visa), you will both be required to bring one passport sized photo with you to the appointment.
Additionally, if either of you obtained a marriage or civil partnership entry clearance visa for the purposes of marrying or having a civil partnership in this country, you will both be required to bring one passport sized photo with you to the appointment.
|Previous marriage or civil partnership dissolved or annulled||
A UK decree absolute with the original court stamp or original final foreign divorce documents must be brought to the appointment, with a signed and dated third party translation provided if the document is not in English.
Please note: A foreign divorce may require clearance from the registrar general. If this is the case, the registrar general may request additional information or documentation once your notice has been taken. Please be advised your ceremony cannot go ahead without this clearance being granted.
|Widow, widower or surviving civil partner||
A certificate of death relating to the deceased partner must be provided.
You must also provide the related marriage or civil partnership certificate.
If your name has been changed by deed poll, you must provide deed poll documents.
If your name has been changed but not by deed poll, you must provide evidence of your former or other names e.g. name change documents, prior divorce document or other evidence of a former name.
|Under 18 at the time of giving notice||
If either of you is under 18 at the time of giving notice, you must provide your full birth certificate, with a signed and dated third party translation provided if the document is not in English.
Parental consent must be provided in the form of a letter or a Form 55 completed by all relevant parties.
For more information, please contact the register office before your appointment.
There is a non-refundable fee of £35 per person for giving notice. However, please note that from 1st November 2017 onwards, you may have to pay additional fees which can be found in the table below.
|Circumstance||Price (Per Person)|
|If either person falls under the Home Office referral scheme||£12||If this is the case, you will both need to pay the additional fee|
|Consideration of a foreign divorce by Westminster Register Office||£50||A foreign divorce is classed as ‘Outside the British Isles’. We are able to clear some divorces, but this will depend on where the divorce took place. We will advise you during the appointment.|
|Consideration of a foreign divorce by the General Register Office||£75||
If Westminster Register Office is unable to clear the divorce, it will be sent to the General Register Office. They may require further information before the divorce can be cleared.