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Giving notice 

Most couples must give notice before they can be married or form their civil partnership in England or Wales. Find out things like when, where and what you need to bring with you

To give notice, you must book an appointment for you and your partner to come in to the register office to complete and sign the notice.

Your notice is publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days before the marriage authority (the legal documents which permit you to marry) is issued. This is usually 29 days after the notice appointment.

You may also need to give notice here if you plan to marry or form a civil partnership abroad.

There are different rules for religious marriages and if you are a foreign national.

When to give notice

For most marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 29 full days’ notice.

We recommend that you aim to do this approximately three months before your ceremony, but you can do it up to a year in advance.

Where to give notice

If you are both British/EEA nationals and live in Islington or the City of London, you must give notice in Islington.

You can only give notice at a register office if you have lived in the registration district for at least the past seven days. For example, if you arrive on 1 June, the seven day period starts the following day, 2 June, and is complete on 8 June. You can then give notice on 9 June.

There are different rules if either you or your partner is a non-British/EEA National.

What you need to bring with you

  • Details of the final venue for your ceremony. If the venue changes after giving notice you will need to apply and pay for a new notice.
  • Various documentation. This is different depending on your circumstances and is listed below.You must each bring the following original documents to your notice appointment:
  • Your current valid passport

  • Proof of address which must be one of the following:

 Utility bill Must be dated within the last three months 
 Bank statement  Must be dated within the last month
 Council Tax bill  Must be dated within the last year
 Mortgage Statement  Must be dated within the last year
 Driving licence  Must be valid and in date
  • the name and address of your marriage or civil partnership venue

Other original documents you must bring, depending on your circumstances:


Divorced or dissolved civil partnership
  • final divorce or dissolution document, with a translation by a named third person (e.g. not you or your partner) if not in English. This does not have to be an official translation from a translation service or Embassy.  If you have been married or had a civil partnership more than once, we only need to see the divorce or dissolution documents from your last marriage or civil partnership.

Please see the table below for the additional costs for consideration of divorce/civil partnership dissolution documents.  These fees are set by central government and are for consideration of the document.  They do not guarantee the application wil be successful.

Fee   Place of divorce  Exceptions and notes
No additional fee   United Kingdom
(England, Wales, Scotland
and Northern Ireland),
Channel Islands and the 
Isle of Man

None

£50.00 per divorce that
needs consideration
Australia, Barbados,
Bermuda, Canada, Fiji, Irish
Republic, Jamaica, Kenya,
New Zealand, South Africa
(excluding Bohuthatswana,
Ciskei, Transkei and
Venda), Tanzania,
Zimbabwe


If your document does not
match the official example
divorce/dissolution we have
on file from that country, the
fee will be £75.00.
£50.00 per divorce that
needs consideration
All USA (excluding Nevada
and Guam), Austria,
Bulgaria, Hungary,
Germany, Poland, Romania,
Russia and Sweden.
If neither of the parties to
the divorce/dissolution were
not national of the country
the divorce/dissolution took
place in, the fee will be
£75.00.

If your document does not
match the official example
divorce/dissolution we have
on file from that country, the
fee will be £75.00.
£75.00 per divorce that
needs consideration

All other countries,
territories or circumstances
 None


​Widowed or are a surviving civil partner
  • spouse or civil partner's death certificate, with a translation by a named third person (e.g. not you or your partner) if not in English. This does not have to be an official translation from a translation service or Embassy

  • marriage or civil partnership certificate, with a translation by a named third person (e.g. not you or your partner) if not in English. This does not have to be an official translation from a translation service or Embassy

​Changed name
  • ​proof of name change.

​Under 18
  • completed parental consent form. You can collect one from us before your notice appointment.

Non-British/EEA nationals

There may be some additional rules if either you are your partner is a non-British/EEA national.

You can find more information on gov.uk

When to give notice

It usually takes 29 days but if you are a non-EEA national without Indefinite Leave to Remain or without a marriage visa this may be extended to 71 days.

This is because your case will be referred to the Home Office under the Immigration Act 2014 and it requires extra time. The notice fee for those couples subject to referral will be £47 per person instead of £35.

Where to give notice

If either you or your partner is a non-British/EEA National this does not need to be in Islington or the City of London. You can give notice in any designated register office in England or Wales. 

A designated register office is one that is equipped to deal with the paperwork for foreign nationals who wish to marry or form a civil partnership, and Islington is a designated register office. However you must make sure you have been resident in England or Wales for at least the past seven days. 

For example, if you arrive on 1 June, the seven day period starts the following day, 2 June, and is complete on 8 June. You can then give notice on 9 June.

What to bring with you if either you or your partner is a non-British/EEA National

 
In addition to the usual documentation you will need to bring:

  • one Passport sized photo for each of you
  • proof of the current immigration status for all non-EEA nationals
  • translated versions of any documents you are required to bring

If you or your partner don’t speak English well

If either or both of you cannot speak English, you will need to bring someone to the appointment who can interpret for the non-English speaking partner(s). Partners cannot interpret for each other. If you do not bring an interpreter when one is required we will be unable to take your notice and you will be required to book and pay for a new appointment.

What happens after the notice appointment?

Marriage authorities (the legal documents which permit you to marry) are usually issued 29 days after the notice appointment. All marriage and civil partnership authorities will be automatically be issued by the office who will be conducting your ceremony.

If you are getting married in a religious building please ask the registrar how your authorities will be delivered at the time of your appointment as arrangements can vary.

Book to give notice in Islington

You will need to pay £35 per person when you book to give notice.

Provided you attend your appointment with the right documentation, this will be used to pay the statutory notice fee of £35 per person.

This payment is non-refundable in the event of cancellation, lateness or arriving with missing documents. You can amend your appointment date up to 48 hours in advance if needed.


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