Give notice of a marriage/civil partnership

Coronavirus service update:

Further to the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 November 2020, marriages and civil partnership ceremonies can resume from Wednesday 2 December 2020 under the Government's guidance on Local Restriction Tiers.

Redbridge Register Office will continue to be open for face-to-face notice appointments.

For information about ceremonies please see our webpage.

For information on all service changes please see our services changes page.


Giving notice at this time

Before attending your appointment, please ensure your venue has confirmed your ceremony can take place on their premises and it meets COVID secure guidelines. 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 may not be seen as all our appointments are being staggered so not to overcrowd our waiting area
  • Wear a face covering
  • 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.

Giving notice

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 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 or civil partnership at the Redbridge Register Office please book an appointment. 

You can read more on the difference between a marriage and a civil partnership by going to gov.uk

The ceremony can only take place at the venue you name on your notice. If 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 a chosen a venue before you give notice.

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 other non-conformist church, temple or mosque where a legally recognised ceremony will be taking place.

At your appointment

The Superintendent Registrar or a deputy will ask you and your partner 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

 

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

 

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. 

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 e.g 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.

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 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:

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

  • 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:

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

  • 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 £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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