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Documents required when giving notice

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You'll need to provide the below evidence at the time of your appointment. All documents provided must be originals. Scanned or photocopied documents are not acceptable.

For documents issued in a foreign language, we'll need to see the original and a full English translation.

In order to give notice of marriage, both parties will be required to produce one piece of evidence each.

For British, Irish or EEA nationals with EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status granted or applied for before 30 June 2021

You will need to provide evidence of the following: 

Your nationality:

You need to bring ONE of the following:

  • Valid passport; or

  • Nationality identity card; or

  • Citizenship certificate confirming British Citizenship; or

  • British birth certificates 

    • If you were born prior to 1 January 1983 we will need to see either your full or short birth certificate.

    • If you were born on or after 1 January 1983 we will need to see your full birth certificate, which includes your parents' details, PLUS either your mother or father's British birth certificate if your parents were married when you were born.  If your parents were unmarried when you were born then only your mother's birth certificate can be accepted. 

EUSS scheme status (if applicable)

In addition to the above, if one or both of you are EEA nationals with EUSS status granted or applied for before 30 June 2021 you must obtain a unique code prior to your appointment which will allow the Registrar to check and verify your immigration status.  The code is valid for a period of 30 days so please ensure that it is valid on the day of your appointment.  The code can be obtained by visiting https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status

Your Address

  • Valid UK driving licence (This can be a full or provisional driving licence) 
  • Your most recent Council Tax bill 
  • A bank statement that is dated within 1 month of your appointment 
  • A utility bill that is dated within 3 months of your appointment 
  • Letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is the person's place of residence, proof will be required that the person is the tenant or householder e.g. their council tax bill

    This letter must include 
  • the name, address, date and signature of the owner / proprietor;

  • confirmation that this person is the owner / proprietor; and

  • confirmation of the name of the person giving notice and that they have been resident at the address for at least the eight days immediately prior to the notice appointment.

Evidence of your age:

If either of you are under the age of 18 we will need to see proof that your parent, or guardians, agree to the marriage.  If your parents are divorced we may also need to see the court order that gives custody to one of them.

Evidence of any name changes:

 Evidence of any name change (marriage certificate; deed poll etc).

If you are divorced or widowed:

If you have been married or in a civil partnership before, we will need to see:

Decree Absolute

  •  If your divorce was granted in England or Wales we will need to see the original decree absolute issued by the court, if you need to attain a replacement please visit https://www.gov.uk/copy-decree-absolute-final-order

  •  If your divorce was granted outside of England or Wales we will need to see the final divorce documents issued along with a full translation into English if the document was written in any other language.

    A fee is chargeable for clearance of any divorces granted in countries outside England and Wales.  Please note, these may have to be referred to the General Register Office for the Registrar General to confirm whether the document is acceptable under British law.  It is not possible to specify how long it may take for approval to come and authorities to marry or form a civil partnership cannot be issued until this approval is received.  Please do take this into account when considering a marriage or formation date as there may be a significant delay before a ceremony can take place.

  • The death certificate of the spouse / civil partner – if the surviving partner is not mentioned on the death certificate then you must also provide a certified copy of the marriage or civil partnership certificate.

 

 

If one or both of you are non-EEA or an EEA national without EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status

You will need to provide evidence of:

Your Nationality:

Please bring ONE of the following:

  • Valid Passport; or

  • Valid British Travel Document; or

  • Biometric Residence Card or Permit 

Your Address: Please see the documents listed above 

Evidence of your age: Please see the information above 

Photos: 

Both of the couple needs to provide a colour, passport size / style photograph.

Any name changes: 

Evidence of any name change (marriage certificate; deed poll etc).

If you have been divorced or widowed: Please see the information above 

 

Some of my documents are not in English, what should I bring?

If any of your documents are in any language other than English, you will need to bring the original document plus a full translation, into English, certified at the bottom of the document by the translator stating “I certify this to be a true translation of the document”.  The name, address, telephone number and signature of the person who translated the document(s) must be included.

 

Home Office guidance for couples subject to immigration controls

Registration officials will be required to refer all marriage and civil partnership notices to the Home Office if one or both of the parties are EEA nationals without EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status granted or applied for before 30 June 2021 or non-EEA nationals who do not provide specified evidence that they have (a) settled status in the UK (Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain), (b) an EU law right of permanent residence in the UK, (c) a marriage or civil partnership visa, or (d) exemption from immigration control (e.g. with the right of abode in the UK). 

The Home Office may decide to extend the 28 clear day notice period to 70 days before authorities to marry or form a civil partnership can be issued where a sham marriage or civil partnership is suspected. The Home Office will inform both parties, in writing, of this decision.  Following this notice period the Home Office will make a decision as to whether a marriage or civil partnership schedule can be issued allowing a legal ceremony to take place. If the registration official is content to do so and all paperwork has been cleared, for example any foreign divorce documents, then the relevant paperwork can be issued after the notice period has expired and the couple can proceed with their marriage or civil partnership. 

If your notice period is extended to 70 days, you will be required to comply with a Home Office investigation. If you do not comply with the investigation, you will be unable to marry or enter into a civil partnership on the basis of that notice.

 

 If you do not bring all the required, original, valid, documentation we will not be able to complete your notice and a further appointment will have to be booked and paid for.

If none of the above are available, please contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837 for guidance.