Give notice of a marriage/civil partnership

A notice of marriage or civil partnership is a legal document which must be given before a marriage or civil partnership can take place. A marriage can be between two people of the opposite sex or of the same sex. A civil partnership can only be between two people of the same sex. A notice must be given a minimum of 28 days prior to your ceremony date. Your notice is valid for 12 months. To give notice of marriage at the Redbridge Register Office please book an appointment. 

Interpreters

If either of you does not speak English you must bring an independent interpreter when you give notice, and again when you get married. The interpreter must bring identification and sign documents to confirm they have helped you.

 Please read the important information below before booking an appointment. We will tell you which documents to bring with you in a confirmation email.   

Book an appointment


We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you arrive more than 5 minutes after the time your appointment is due to commence. Failure to bring the correct documentation may result in the Registration Officer being unable to undertake the relevant legal requirements and you may need to re-book and repay for a subsequent appointment

Where should I give notice? 

Both parties are British, European EEA, Swiss nationals or those with right of abode or diplomatic status

 You must each attend the Register Office for the district where you live. If you live in different districts from each other, you will have to go to separate register offices. If you live in the London Borough of Redbridge you should give notice with us. For couples under this category, you will not be under the Home Office referral scheme

Foreign nationals 

If one or both of you are non-EEA or Swiss nationals, you must both attend any designated Register Office (DRO) together. Redbridge is a DRO and we will be happy to take your notice for you. 

Certificate of No Impediment

If you want to get married abroad you might be asked to get certain documents from the UK government, including a Certificate of No Impediment.

If you wish to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from us to enable you to get married abroad, you will not be able to book an appointment online. Please phone us on 020 8708 7123. 

Cost to give Notice for Marriage and Civil Partnership 

 The fee to give your notice of marriage or civil partnership is £35 per person or £47 per person if subject to immigration control, view more information for fees for foreign nationals. The fee will need to be paid at the time of booking the appointment by debit or credit card. 

If you change the venue of your ceremony after you have given your notice of marriage you will need to give notice again.

Appointments can be rescheduled provided you give 48 hours or more notice by calling the Register Office.

Cost to consider clearance of a Foreign Divorce

Consideration by a Superintendent Registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside fo the British Isles (From 1 November 2017) £50
Consideration by a Registrar General of divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles (From 1 November 2017) £75

Documents and evidence 

Each person must give notice in person and must provide documentary evidence at the appointment. To give notice you must have evidence of name and date of birth and nationality as well as evidence of place of residence. 

All information you provide to the Registrar's service is done so in the strictest of confidence, you can find full details here.

Under 18's

If you are under 18 years old, you will need to provide a full birth certificate and bring completed consent forms from parents and/or guardians.

Contact us for appropriate forms beforehand on 020 8708 7123. 

What to bring as evidence of name, date of birth and nationality:

  • valid passport
  • valid EEA ID card stating the persons nationality
  • British Citizens only without a valid passport - If born before 1 January 1983, original full UK birth certificate along with current photo ID and in case of name change, evidence to establish current name. If born on or after 1 January 1983 please call the Register Office to discuss alternative evidence
  • if you have changed your name by Deed Poll, Change of Name Deed or Statutory Declaration you must bring this document when giving notice

 

What to bring as evidence of place of residence:

  • utility bill (not older than 3 months) or
  • bank/building society statement (not older than 1 month and not an online printout) or
  • most recent Council Tax bill or
  • valid UK driving licence   

What to bring as evidence of name, date of birth and nationality:

  • valid passport
  • valid passport with appropriate visa
  • valid Home Office travel documents or
  • valid biometric residence card
  • if you have changed your name by Deed Poll, Change of Name Deed or Statutory Declaration you must bring this document when giving notice
  • couples subject to immigration must also provide a passport sized photograph for both partners (this includes any partner not subject to immigration marrying a person who is subject to immigration).
  • evidence of your immigration status
  • if one or both of you have Indefinite Leave to Remain/Indefinite Leave to Enter, Marriage/CP visa or fiancé visa, Diplomatic Status or Right of Abode, evidence of this in your current passport

 

What to bring as evidence of place of residence:

  • utility bill (not older than 3 months) or
  • bank/building society statement (not older than 1 month and not an online printout) or
  • most recent Council Tax bill or
  • valid UK driving licence  

What you need to bring if you have been married or in a civil partnership before.

Proof that any former marriage or civil partnership has ended including:

  • your decree absolute or final order of divorce or dissolution bearing the Court’s original stamp. If your divorce document records your previous married surname but you have now reverted to maiden name and wish to re-marry using only the maiden or other surname, please also bring a linking document such as the previous marriage certificate
  • a death certificate of your former partner. Any widows, widowers or surviving civil partners that are not mentioned on the death certificate as the partner of their previous spouse must also bring their former marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • if any document was issued in a foreign language then a complete translation into English must be produced together with the original document. Any translation produced must be certified and dated by the translator
  • some foreign divorce documents will need to be referred to the General Register Office for clearance This sometimes causes delays, the marriage will not take place until clearance has been received

If you want to get married outside of the UK the rules and information are different.

There are two ways to convert a civil partnership into a marriage: 

  1. a simple administrative process called a ‘standard conversion’. There is no ceremony and no facility to invite guests. The conversion will be registered and a certificate of conversion issued. The fee is £45 for the conversion plus £4 for each certificate.
  2. a two stage process where the checking of documents at the Register Office is followed by a celebratory ceremony at any of the borough's approved premises (which includes the Library Suite and Council Chamber in the Town Hall). The venue must be stated when checking of the documents is done at the Register Office.  The couple are offered a choice of promises to make to each other and the conversion is completed in front of their invited guests.  The fee is £27 for the checking of the documents at the Register Office plus the approved premise fee for the registrar's attendance. This does not include room hire fee charged by the approved premise venue.

For both procedures, the couple will need to attend the Register Office with the required original documents, as listed above, as well as their civil partnership certificate 

You will not be able to book a conversion appointment online. Please phone us on 0208 708 7123

You are able to convert your civil partnership to marriage but only if you registered it in England and Wales or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the laws of England and Wales).  

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