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Notice of Marriage

If you intend to marry in a register office or approved premise in England or Wales, you must book the officiating Superintendent of that district to attend your marriage.

 

This is to ensure the availability of the registrars to conduct your ceremony and register your marriage.

 

You may also need to book a registrar to register your marriage if you are marrying in a Religious Building (excluding Church of England and Church of Wales churches). Please check with your minister.

 

Formal Notice of Marriage

Before you can marry, you must give formal notice of your intention to marry. You do this by attesting a “Notice of Marriage” at your local Register Office. Parties subject to immigration control will need to attest their legal notice to marry at a Designated Register Office (DRO).

 

  • It is a legal requirement that notice of marriage is given separately by each person to be married.
  • Notice must be given in person to the Superintendent Registrar in the Registration District where each person usually resides, preferably on the same day.
  • Each person must have been living in the Registration District, for 7 clear days immediately preceding giving notice. If one person resides elsewhere in England or Wales, for at least 7 days, a similar notice must be entered at the Register Office for the other District.

 

Once the notices are given a minimum of 28 clear days must elapse before the marriage can take place.

 

After the 28 clear days are completed, certificates of authority to marry will be produced by the Superintendent Registrar in the district where the marriage is due to take place. 

 

In certain circumstances, proposed marriages and civil partnerships involving a non-EEA national may have the notice period extended from 28 to 70 days where the Home Office has reasonable grounds to suspect a sham and decides to investigate this.  

 

Notices of marriage are valid for one year and couples will be expected to give their notices as soon as it is legally possible in order to secure a booking.

 

When you give notice in Wales, you may do so either in English, or in English and Welsh. If notice is to be given bilingually, both the person giving notice and the authorised person you see must be able to understand the Welsh language. All registration authorities in Wales have at least one Welsh speaking authorised person or deputy.

 

Fee: £35.00 (This fee is a statutory legal fee and non-refundable)

 

The fee can be paid by cash or debit/credit card.

 

Please Note: You must ensure that you know the precise name and address of the venue/church where you are marrying as any errors in ‘place of marriage’ cannot be rectified once the notice has been attested. 

 

When giving legal notice you must provide evidence of name, surname, date of birth, nationality, place of residence and ending of previous marriage or civil partnership, if applicable. 

 

Please allow 30 minutes (1 hour per couple) for your legal notice appointment.

 

Please Note: You will be asked to re-book your appointment should you attend your appointment without the documentary evidence required. 

 

* There maybe couples overseas who have already made arrangements to come to England and Wales to marry or register a civil partnership on the basis of a 15 day notice period, and to do this so as to give notice and marry/ register a civil partnership on the same visit.

 

Transitional arrangements are in place for this circumstance, for the Registrar General to reduce the notice period, providing that the couples can give evidence that their arrangements (such as the marriage or civil partnership booking) were made before the 2 March 2015.


 

Documents to be Produced at the Time of Giving Notice

British and EEA Nationals

When giving legal notice you must provide evidence of name, surname, date of birth, nationality, place of residence and ending of previous marriage or civil partnership, if applicable.

 

Please ensure that you provide one of the original documents (or groups) of documents listed in each of the columns in the evidence table. A more detailed list of prescribed evidence can be found in the prescribed evidence booklet.

 

* Persons under 18 years of age must also submit written consent from the appropriate parent/guardian/authority. The Superintendent Registrar has forms for this purpose.


British and EEA Nationals
D.O.B Name, D.O.B and Nationality Residence

End of Previous Marriage or Civil Partnership (if applicable)

Born in UK before 01/01/1983

  • Valid UK passport and evidence of change of name (if applicable)  

Or

  • UK birth certificate plus one of the first 6 documents listed in column 2 under ‘Residence’ and evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • Bank or building society statement/passbook - dated no more than one month before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Utility bill - dated no more than three months before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Mortgage statement - dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Council tax bill - dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Current residential tenancy agreement

  •  Valid driving licence

________


The evidence mentioned above must:

  • Be in the same name of the person giving notice of marriage, or, where it is in the name of more than one person, one of them, must be the person giving notice

And

  • Show the person’s place of residence as the address to which the evidence was sent

  • Letter from the owner or proprietor (X) of the address where you are resident

The letter must:

  • Confirm that you have resided at the address for at least 7 clear days immediately prior to the date on which notice of marriage is given

  • States that X is the owner or proprietor

  • States X’s name and address

  • Is signed and dated by X
  
  • Decree absolute of divorce or decree of nullity of marriage

Or

  • Civil Partnership dissolution order or nullity

Or

  • The death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner

Or

  • The presumed death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner 

_______

 

*Where any document listed above was created outside of the United Kingdom and is not in English, a full translation must also be provided

  
 

Born in UK

on or after 01/01/1983 but before 01/07/2006

 
  • Valid UK passport and evidence of change of name (if applicable)  

      Or

  • Full UK birth certificate showing parent(s) details and evidence of change of name (if applicable)

PLUS

  • Evidence of either parents’ British citizenship or settled status at the time of notice giver’s birth (e.g. parent’s UK birth certificate or UK passport describing the relevant parent as a British citizen or indicating that he/she then had indefinite leave to enter or remain) and parents’ marriage certificate (if British citizenship is claimed through notice giver’s father). … PLUS

One of the first 6 documents listed in column 2 under ‘Evidence of place of residence’

Born in UK on or after 01/07/2006
  • Valid UK passport and evidence of change of name (if applicable)  

Or

  • Full UK birth certificate showing parent(s) details and evidence of change of name (if applicable)

PLUS

  • Evidence of either parents’ British citizenship or settled status at the time of notice giver’s birth (e.g. parent’s UK birth certificate or UK passport describing the relevant parent as a British citizen or indicating that he/she then had indefinite leave to enter or remain)

PLUS

  • One of the first 6 documents listed in column 2 under ‘Residence’

Non EEA Nationals

All non EEA nationals and their partners wishing to marry in England and Wales will be required to attend a Designated Register Office (DRO) to give their Notice of intention to  marry.

 

Persons subject to immigration control must satisfy qualifying conditions before being able to marry and must be in possession of a marriage or civil partnership visa prior to travelling to the UK in order to qualify for leave to enter.

 

If you think you may be subject to immigration control and wish to marry or register a civil partnership in the United Kingdom, please refer to the guidance on this subject as set out on the UK Border Agency and Immigration Act 2014 changes.

 

Alternatively, you may wish to telephone UK Border Agency Immigration Enquiry Bureau:

  • 0870 606 7766

or contact your local Register Office for information regarding your nearest Designated Register Office. (N.B. There is no Designated Register Office within the Vale of Glamorgan)

Evidence documents
Status

Name, D.O.B and Nationality

Residence Ending of Previous Marriage or Civil Partnership

(if applicable)

Person Not Subject to Immigration Control (EEA National or Swiss)

  • Valid EEA state or Switzerland national identity card
  • Bank or building society statement/passbook - dated no more than one month before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Utility bill - dated no more than three months before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Mortgage statement - dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Council tax bill - dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of marriage is given

  •  Current residential tenancy agreement

  •  Valid driving licence

_____


The evidence mentioned above must –

  •  Be in the same name of the person giving notice of marriage, or, where it is in the name of more than one person, one of them, must be the person giving notice

  •  Show the person’s place of residence as the address to which the evidence was sent

  •  Letter from the owner or proprietor (X) of the address where you are resident –

The letter must –

  •  Confirm that you have resided at the address for at least 7 clear days immediately prior to the date on which notice of marriage is given

  • States that X is the owner or proprietor

  • States X’s name and address

  • Is signed and dated by X
  • Decree absolute of divorce or decree of nullity of marriage

Or

  • Civil Partnership dissolution order or nullity

Or

  • The death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner

Or

  • The presumed death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner 

_____


Where any document listed above was created outside of the United Kingdom and is not in English, a full translation must also be provided

 

Person Naturalised as a

British Citizen

  • Certificate of registration as a British citizen granted by the Secretary of State and, if applicable, evidence of change of name since certificate of naturalisation issued

PLUS

  •  One of the first 6 documents listed in column 2 under ‘Residence’

 

We are working with the UK Border Agency to identify marriages and civil partnerships which seek to abuse UK immigration laws.

 

Anybody found to be arranging, facilitating or entering into a marriage or civil partnership solely to gain permission to stay in the UK risks arrest or prosection. Foreign nationals may also face deportation and be barred from re-entering the UK for up to 14 years.

 

Please Note: The information provided on these pages is for general guidance purposes only and is not a complete or exhaustive explanation of current Marriage Law or Legislation.

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