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Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership


What is the Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership?

It is the legal paperwork that you both have to complete before your civil ceremony can take place. Each of you will need to attend in person to give Notice of your intention to marry.This will be the case even if you live in the same registration district.

Who you give Notice to

The Notices of Marriage must be given to the Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) where you live. You don’t have to do this together, but it’s better if you can so that any problems that may arise can be dealt with then and not on the wedding day.

Booking an appointment to give Notice

If you live in Worcestershire (this can be determined by who you pay your council tax to)

Book a Notice of Marriage appointment using our secure booking system

If you live outside of Worcestershire

  • you must enter your notice in the district where you live (this can be determined by who you pay your council tax to)
  • you will need to give at least 28 clear days' notice before the ceremony can take place
    For example, if you give notice on the 1st day of the month the earliest you would be able to marry would be the 30th of that same month (this would be the 29th day after the giving of your notice). 

If you are a national from a country outside of the EU

What information you will need to show

The following ORIGINAL documents MUST be produced when you give notice, otherwise, the Registrar may not be able to complete your Notice.

These documents must be in a hardcopy format, digital versions will not be acceptable e.g. viewed on a mobile device.

If you do not possess any of the following please contact the Registration Service for advice, via email registeroffice@worcestershire.gov.uk.

1. Proof of name and nationality

If you were born before 1 January 1983

either

  • a current valid passport (no further evidence of name and nationality is required in this case)

or

  • a Birth Certificate (you can request a copy birth certificate online if born in Worcestershire)
  • in addition, you must bring one of the following documents as a contemporary evidence of your full name
    • valid UK driving licence
    • utility bill dated no more than 3 months before date on which notice is given
    • bank statement dated no more than 1 month before date on which notice is given
    • council tax bill dated no more than 1 year before date on which notice is given

For EU nationals: only a valid passport or ID card will be acceptable.

If you were born on or after 1 January 1983

either

  • a current valid passport (no further evidence of name and nationality is required in this case)

or

  • a full Birth Certificate, this will need to show your parent's full names (you can request a copy birth certificate online if born in Worcestershire) together with proof of parent's nationality (mother's birth certificate or her current valid passport, providing the document used shows her name as it is recorded on your own birth certificate and she was born before the 1 January 1983 and was British at the time of your birth)
  • in addition, you must bring one of the following documents as a contemporary evidence of your full name
    • valid UK driving licence
    • utility bill dated no more than 3 months before date on which notice is given
    • bank statement dated no more than 1 month before date on which notice is given
    • council tax bill dated no more than 1 year before date on which notice is given

For EU nationals: only a valid passport or ID card will be acceptable.

2. Documents ending any former Marriage or Civil Partnership

For example:

  • Certified Decree Absolute 
  • Certified Civil Partnership Dissolution Certificate 
  • Certified Death Certificate (You can request a copy death certificate online if event occurred in Worcestershire)

Note

  • a widower, widow or surviving civil partner will be required to provide evidence linking the deceased with themselves if they are not detailed on the death certificate

  • if your marriage or partnership (and subsequent divorce or dissolution) occurred outside of the UK, you must provide official divorce or dissolution documentation and a translation if necessary, which may have to be sent to the General Register Office for authorisation; * a fee is now payable for consideration of these documents

3. Proof of your current address (any one of below)

  • valid UK driving licence (provisional or full)
  • council tax bill dated no more than 1 year before date on which notice is given 
  • utility bill e.g. gas, electricity, water dated no more than 3 months before date on which notice is given
  • bank statement dated no more than 1 month before date on which notice is given 
  • letter signed and dated by the home owner stating that the notice giver has been resident at that address for at least the previous eight nights prior to the Notice appointment

4. Any document concerning a change of name or nationality

You will need to give at least 28 clear days' notice before your Marriage Authorities can be issued. For example, if you give notice on the 1st day of the month the earliest the certificate would be issued is 30th of that same month (this would be the 29th day after the giving of your notice).

How much will it cost?

There is a statutory fee for giving notice it is £35.00 each.

* Consideration by a Superintendent Registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles - £50.00.
* Consideration by the Registrar General of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles - £75.00.