Give notice of a marriage/civil partnership

Giving notice at this time

Before attending your appointment, please ensure your venue has confirmed your ceremony can take place on their premises. If after giving notice, you change the venue or are not able to have your ceremony within 12 months, you will need to give and pay for another notice.

When attending please make sure:

  • Only the notice giver should attend the appointment
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your appointment time. If you are too early you will be asked to wait outside. If you are late you will not be seen as all our appointments are being staggered so not to overcrowd our waiting area
  • Wear a face covering when you come to your appointment unless you have an exemption from wearing one
  • Bring a black biro
  • If you are not able to give notice because you have not brought the correct documents or are not sure of your venue, you will need to rebook and pay for another notice appointment.

Please note any appointments booked may be cancelled or rescheduled due to potential short notice changes to Government guidelines.

Notice terms and conditions 

  • Appointments can be re-scheduled up to 48 hours before your appointment time. After this, a new appointment and fee will be required.
  • Failure to attend a re-scheduled appointment will result in the loss of your fee, and a fresh appointment and new fee will be required.
  • Late attendance will result in your appointment not going ahead and the loss of your appointment fee.
  • It is your responsibility to bring the required original documents to your appointment. Failure to bring the correct documentation will result in your appointment not going ahead, and the loss of your appointment fee. A new appointment and fee will be required. 

Giving notice

A notice of marriage or civil partnership is a legal document which must be given in person before a marriage or civil partnership can take place.

A notice must be given by each person a minimum of 28 days prior to the ceremony date. The notice is valid for 12 months.

To give notice of marriage or civil partnership at Redbridge Register Office please book an appointment. 

The fee for completing a notice of marriage or civil partnership is £35 per person (or £47 per person if you are subject to immigration control).

Each person must attend the Register Office in the district in which they reside to give notice. If one or both parties are subject to immigration control, then both must give notice together at a district where either one or both parties reside.

Read more on the difference between a marriage and a civil partnership 

The ceremony can only take place at the venue you name on your notice so please ensure you attend your notice appointment with the correct information. If after giving notice, you change the venue you will have to give, and pay for, an updated notice of marriage or civil partnership.  Therefore, please ensure you have chosen a venue before you give notice and have the correct venue information with you.

You can only get married at a religious building if it is the usual place of worship for one or both partners or if the building is located in the same district, e.g. the same borough where one or both parties live. It is not normally necessary to give Notice of Marriage for a wedding in a Church of England Church, but please check with the church or the Church of England website for confirmation.

Couples subject to immigration do still need to give Notice of Marriage, for a Church of England or other wedding. Notice is required for marriages in a Catholic or non-conformist church, temple or mosque where a legally recognised ceremony will be taking place.

Changes for those subject to immigration control

Immigration laws will change from 1 July 2021 to reflect changes brought about following EU exit. Legislative updates regarding immigration will impact the process of taking notices of marriage and civil partnerships.

From 1 July all register offices in England and Wales will become a designated office, this means that where one or both parties is subject to immigration control, notice of marriage or civil partnership will need to be given together at a district where either one or both parties reside.

If you are not a relevant national we highly recommend you do not  book a ceremony until you have a confirmed notice of marriage appointment with your local register office and that the ceremony date you choose is more than 70 days after this date. 

The definition of a relevant national is;

  • a British Citizen
  • an Irish Citizen
  • A person who has been granted EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status (either settled or pre-settled or has a pending application for that status (submitted before 30 June 2021).

Appointments on or after 1 July 2021

If your notice appointment will take place on or after 1 July 2021, changes relating to Brexit mean that if you are not a British/Irish national you will need to provide additional information at your appointment.

If you have settled or pre-settled status under the EUSS you will be required to provide a 9 character, alpha numeric share code to enable your immigration status to be checked. The code is valid for 30 days, it can be obtained by checking your immigration status on GOV.UK

If you have a pending application for EU settlement status that was submitted before 30 June 2021 you will need to bring your application certificate to your appointment. 

At your appointment

The Superintendent Registrar or a deputy will ask you and your partner (if both giving notice in this district) a series of questions about each other to establish details of both parties and where and when the wedding or civil partnership is to take place.

Each partner will be interviewed separately.

What you need to know at your appointment

You will need to know:

  • The venue for your ceremony (note that venues cannot be changed once Notice has been given)
  • It is useful but not essential to know when you would like your ceremony
  • The name of the town and country (if abroad) where the ceremony will take place
  • The correct spelling of names for you and your partner
  • You and your partner's full addresses and postcodes
  • Each other's job titles
  • Whether you are having a marriage or civil partnership
  • Both of your parent's details - mother and father's full names and if applicable, occupations

What you need to bring to your appointment

Every person, regardless of nationality, wishing to give a notice must bring the following original documents with them to their appointment. Photocopies or electronic copies are not acceptable.

If you fail to produce the required documents your notice will not be taken and you will be required to rebook and pay again.

Evidence of name, date of birth, and nationality

You must bring one of the following documents: 

  • Valid passport*

Or

  • British Citizens only:
    • A UK birth certificate if you were born before 1 January 1983 and also:

      Evidence to show current use of the name on the birth certificate (one of the documents listed under proof of residence)

      If your current name is different from the name on your birth certificate , evidence of how your name has been changed e.g marriage certificate(s), change of name deed, statutory declaration of change of name

    • Full UK birth certificate showing your parent's details if you were born on or after 1st January 1983 and also;

      Your mother’s UK birth certificate*

      If your parents were married at the time of your birth or since you may bring your father’s UK birth certificate and marriage certificate

      Evidence to show current use of the name on your birth certificate (one of the documents listed under proof of residence)

      If your current name is different from the name on your birth certificate , evidence of how your name has been changed e.g marriage certificate(s), change of name deed, statutory declaration of change of name

      *If your parent was also born after 1 January 1983, you will also need one of your grandparent’s birth certificates.

  • Certificate of registration/naturalisation as a British citizen
  • Valid biometric immigration document
  • Valid Home Office travel document 

If you hold EUSS Settled status or Pre-Settled Status or have a pending application for either, then you must bring with you the 6-digit ‘share code’ which allows us to view your status on the Home Office website. Without this, your appointment will not go ahead, and you may still be charged your full appointment fee. You will need to obtain this code from the GOV.UK no more than 30 days prior to your appointment. See the Government website for further information on how to prove your immigration status.

If you have a pending application for EU settlement status that was submitted before 30 June 2021 you will need to bring your Certificate of Application (CoA)/ digital CoA to your appointment. 

*If your passport is being held by the Home Office, you must request that they send a certified copy to us in time for your appointment. No other certified copies will be accepted.

Please Note: ARC Cards (Application Registration Card) are not acceptable proof and cannot be used to give notice of marriage or civil partnership. 

Proof of residence

This must show your current address, where you have lived for seven full days immediately before attending your notice appointment.

You must bring one of the following documents in your name:

  • Utility bill (dated within 3 months)
  • Bank statement (dated within 1 month)
  • Most recent council tax bill (dated within 1 year)
  • Mortgage statement (dated within 1 year)
  • Valid full UK driving licence showing your current name and address
  • Current residential tenancy agreement (signed by all parties)

Marital status

  • A decree absolute if you were divorced in this country or an original final divorce document with translation if the divorce took place abroad
  • A death certificate for your late husband or wife if you are widowed (If you are not named on the death certificate you must also bring the marriage/CP certificate)

A statutory fee is payable for the consideration of all foreign divorces. Where certain criteria are met some foreign divorces can be reviewed and approved locally for a fee of £50. The majority will be referred to the General Register Office for consideration and the fee of £75 will apply. Please be advised that this fee is non-refundable in the event that your foreign divorce is turned down.

We advise that you do not make any ceremony arrangements until your foreign divorce has been approved.

If your name on the decree absolute/dissolution document or death certificate is different to your current name you must bring evidence showing a link between the two names e.g. marriage certificate(s), change of name deed, statutory declaration of change of name

For any document not in English you must provide a full translation of all wording, stamps and signatures. The translation can be made by anyone other than you and your partner. The translator must add their name and address and certify it is a true and accurate translation

Use of other names

  • A deed poll, change of name deed, or documents which demonstrate the use of the other name

Photographs

  • Passport quality photographs for each of you if one or both of you are subject to immigration control and do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK

Translator

  • A third party translator if either of you cannot speak English you are required to bring a translator - you cannot translate for each other

Home Office Referral

  • Evidence of your immigration status if you are subject to immigration control - you will be automatically referred to the Home Office unless you have Indefinite Leave to Remain/Enter, a Marriage Visa, or proof of exemption

 

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 will need to re-book and repay for a subsequent appointment

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

If you require a British Sign Language interpreter please advise us so that we can make the relevant arrangements. 

We are now taking bookings for Civil Partnerships for opposite sex couples and notice can be booked through 'Book an appointment'.

The Civil Partnerships (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019, which extended eligibility for forming civil partnerships to opposite sex couples, were approved in Parliament on 5 November 2019. The regulations came into force on 2 December 2019.

A Civil Partnership does not require a ceremony therefore you can choose to sign the schedule in front of two qualified witnesses by booking a statutory ceremony appointment (subject to availability). If you wish to combine the signing with a full ceremony then you will need to book a venue and registrars ahead of booking an appointment to give your legal notice of intention. 

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. 

Getting married abroad

If you are planning on getting married abroad there are some things you need to do to make sure your marriage or civil partnership is legal.

First you will need to find out the rules in the country where you are getting married. Contact the relevant consulate or embassy for advice about the documents you will need.

If you need to provide a Certificate of No Impediment (legal document showing that you are free to marry or register a civil partnership) you can normally do this through your local register office.

You can apply for a Certificate of No Impediment in Redbridge if:

  • you are a British subject
  • you live in Redbridge
  • your proposed spouse or civil partner is a foreign national
  • the marriage or civil partnership ceremony will be in a foreign country
  • you have lived in Redbridge for at least the full seven days before the day of your notice appointment

or:

  • you are two resident British subjects (some residence restrictions apply)
  • the marriage or civil partnership ceremony will be in a foreign country.

Apply for a Certificate of No Impediment

  • Book an appointment by calling 020 708 7123 (you will not be able to book this appointment online)

You will need to confirm with the foreign country's authorities before the appointment:

  • how the place that you getting married should be listed eg just the town or city’s name, or the exact building where the ceremony will take place
  • how long before the ceremony the certificate needs to be issued. This varies by country from a few months to a year.

It usually takes 29 days from the notice appointment to issue the certificate.

If you need to get your document legalised

The local authority abroad may also request that you get your document legalised. This means getting the UK government to confirm that a UK public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine. You can do this through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legalisation Office by following instructions on gov.uk

Getting married in Scotland and Ireland

Marriage in Scotland

Marriage law in Scotland is different to England and Wales. If you intend to marry in Scotland notice may be given directly to the district’s Superintendent Registrar, in person or by post.  

For further information contact the National Records of Scotland.

Marriage in Ireland

There is no provision in English law to take a notice for a marriage in Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic. All legal preliminaries must be completed directly with the local authorities.

For further information contact the General Register Office for Northern Ireland or the General Register Office for the Irish Republic.

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.

Consideration by a Superintendent Registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of 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

Each person must give notice in person and must provide documentary evidence at the appointment.

To give notice you must have evidence of name, date of birth and nationality as well as evidence of place of residence. 

Evidence produced at the notice appointment must all be original documents.

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

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 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 £11 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.
Proof of name and date of birth Valid passport or UK, Channel Island or Isle of Man driving licence
Proof of address

Please bring ONE of the following for each person:

 

  • utility bill for services received at the property, e.g. gas, electric, water, - must be dated within three months of the conversion appointment
  • bank or building society statement or passbook - must be dated within one month of the conversion appointment 
  • council tax bill - must be dated within one year of the conversion appointment 
  • mortgage statement - must be dated within one year of the conversion appointment 
    • current residential tenancy agreement 
Proof of civil partnership Original civil partnership certificate
Name change

If one or both of you have changed your name since your civil partnership, you much 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 or other evidence of a former name. 

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 call us on 020 8708 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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