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Giving a notice of marriage

British or European Economic Area (EEA) national

When arranging a marriage in a register office, an approved premise or in a church (other than the Church of England) you are legally required to give notice of marriage. You and your partner must both give separate notices of your intention to marry in person to the superintendent registrar for the district where you live

You need to give the register office at least 29 days notice of your marriage and must prove you have lived in the district for a minimum of seven full days. 

You must also know the name of the venue where you are getting married when you give your notice of marriage.

You can use our online booking system to make an appointment at Kingston Register Office. 

Non EEA National

If you or your partner are non UK/EEA nationals, and subject to immigration control, you must go together to a designated register office in England and Wales to give you notice of marriage whether you are getting married at a register office, an approved premise or in any church, including the Church of England. Kingston Register Office is a designated register office. 

From the 2 March 2015 where one or both partners are subject to immigration control, Register Offices will be required by law to inform the Home Office of the couple's intention to marry or form a civil partnership.

The Home Office will review each couple's case and will have new powers to extend the Notice period from 29 days to 71 days. It will be the Home Office who decide whether or not the wedding or civil partnership can proceed. 

However, 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. 

Documents to bring

Every person, regardless of nationality, wishing to give a notice of marriage must bring the following documents with them to their appointment. If you fail to produce the correct documents or photo (if applicable) your notice cannot be taken.

Evidence of name, date of birth and nationality:

  • valid passport 
  • British Citizens only:
    1) a UK birth certificate if you were born before 1983 plus evidence of your current name.
    2) if you were born after 1983 a full birth certificate plus evidence of a parent's British nationality eg their passport or birth certificate in addition to evidence of your current name
  • valid EEA identity card 
  • 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)

Proof of residence (in order of priority)

  • utility bill (not older than 3 months)
  • bank statement (not older than 1 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 1 year)
  • mortgage statement (not older than 1 year)
  • valid driving licence in your current name
  • 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  

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.

Photos

Where a notice involves a non UK/EEA National who is subject to immigration control, both parties will also need to bring a passport sized colour photograph when giving their notice of marriage. This will be attached to the legal paperwork necessary for them to be married.

Every photograph must be a United Kingdom passport style and size which:

  • a) clearly shows the face of the person giving notice and
    i) have a neutral expression
    ii) not be wearing any head covering (other than for religious or medical reasons)
  • b) shows only the person giving notice and no other object 
  • c) is unmarked, unaltered and without tears or creases
  • d) was taken recently and shows a current likeness of the individual.

After the appointment

Your completed notice of marriage will be displayed at the Register Office for 29 days. 

If no objection is made, your authority to marry will be issued. 

Getting married abroad

If you are getting married abroad please contact Kingston Register Office for advice.