Getting Married Abroad

Certificate of No Impediment 

Each country is different in their requirements and so, in the first instance, you must contact the government for the country in which you wish to marry in order to establish exactly what their requirements are.   

  1. Use the GOV.UK - Getting married abroad (opens in new window) to find out who you need to contact in order to confirm requirements. Some countries will request a Certificate of No Impediment; these can only be provided for British nationals via the Register Office in the district in which you live.
  2. You must find out, from the authorities in the country in which you wish to marry, how long the certificate is valid for in that country, as it must be valid on the day of the wedding.
  3. You should also find out if they require you get your document legalised (obtaining an Apostille) once the certificate has been collected from the Register Office in the district where you live. Visit GOV.UK - Get your document legalised (opens in new window) for more information.
  4. Once you have this information you should contact your local Register Office to arrange an appointment.
  5. You will need to know at least the town and country where the marriage is taking place along with any unusual spellings.

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

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

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 the Certificate of No Impediment 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.

Where can I have an appointment?

If you reside in Worcestershire, find your local Registration Office:

Marriage Under Foreign Local Law

A marriage solemnized in a foreign country will be registered in that country under local law. Marriages of British subjects in a foreign country cannot be registered in England unless one of the couple is a serving member of, or attached to, the British Armed Forces at the time of the marriage. In these cases, the marriage can be registered by the appropriate service authority upon application and submission of satisfactory proof of the marriage. A certified copy of the entry may be obtained from the service registering officer who will send copies of entries in the service register to the Registrar General bi-annually. Marriage certificates can then be obtained, at the usual fees, from the General Register Office (Certificate Services) on 0300 123 1837.