Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership
Updated 13th January 2022
Kingston Register Office has limited availability for Notice of Intention to Marry / form a Civil Partnership appointments.
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Information about 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.
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 to give notice, in the district which they have resided for at least 9 days. If one or both parties are subject to immigration control, then both must give notice together in one district of residence.
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 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 an updated notice of marriage or civil partnership with the same notice fees applicable for the new paperwork.
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 changed on 1 July 2021 to reflect changes brought about following the 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).
Non Relevant Nationals are each required to supply a passport size colour photograph when giving notice, which will be attached to the legal paperwork. Guidelines for passport photos can be found on the gov.uk website.
Where one or both partners are subject to immigration control, Register Offices are required by law to inform the Home Office of a couple's intention to marry or form a civil partnership. The Home Office will review each couple's case. Please note, the notice period could be extended to 70 days.
Couples who have a valid Marriage / Civil Partnership Visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Right of Abode in the UK, will not be referred to the Home Office.
We work in close co-operation with the Home Office (Immigration) for the detection and prevention of sham marriages and civil partnerships.
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. Here's what you'll 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 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
Documents to bring
Every person, regardless of nationality, wishing to give a notice of marriage or civil partnership must bring the following documents with them to their appointment. If you fail to produce the correct documents or photos (if applicable) your notice cannot be taken.
You must bring one document each for each section below
Evidence of name, date of birth and nationality:
- Valid passport
- British citizens only: a UK birth certificate if you were born before 1983 plus evidence of your current name.
- If you were born after 1983 a full birth certificate plus evidence of a parent's British nationality e.g. their passport or birth certificate in addition to evidence of your current name
- Certificate of registration as a British citizen together with evidence of current use of that name as shown in the document
- Certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen together with evidence of current use of that name as shown in the document
- Valid biometric immigration document
- Valid Home Office travel document (please contact us for advice)
- EU, EEA or Switzerland: Your settled or pre-settled status - you’ll need to bring a ‘share code’ which you can get from the ‘view and prove your immigration status’ service, which will be valid for 30 days
Proof of residence (in order of priority)
- Utility bill (not older than three months)
- Bank statement (not older than one month). If using an online statement this must be stamped by the relevant bank to show that it is an authentic document
- Most recent Council Tax bill (not older than one year)
- Mortgage statement (not older than one year)
- Valid UK driving licence in your current name & address
- Current residential tenancy agreement
- Letter signed by proprietor/owner of the address who is able to confirm your period of residence with an associated document such as an airline boarding pass
If previously married:
- 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 the divorce took place abroad you will need to produce an original final divorce document with a translation. There is a fee payable for the consideration of a divorce obtained outside the British Isles. Visit the GOV.UK website to find out more.
Previously in a civil partnership:
- documents that show the civil partnership has been dissolved
- a 'death certificate' for your late civil partner you are a surviving Civil Partner
If the civil partnership dissolution took place abroad you will need to produce an original document with a translation. There is a fee payable for the consideration of a dissolution obtained outside the British Isles. Visit the GOV.UK website to find out more.
If you or your partner are from outside the UK you’ll also need to bring:
- A passport sized photo for each of you (even if only one of you from outside the UK)
- Proof of your current immigration status (for example, your visa)
- A certified translation of any documents that are not in English
Fees and charges
To give a notice of marriage or civil partnership:
- British/Relevant EEA nationals - £35 each notice
- One or both of the couple are subject to immigration control - £47 each notice
- Clearance of Foreign Divorce paperwork £50 or £75.
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