Ceremonies

Documents needed for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

When you attend your appointment to give notice of marriage or civil partnership you need to bring some documents with you. We need to see proof of your nationality and address. You'll also need to bring extra documents if:

  • you've been married or in a civil partnership before
  • you've changed your name
  • you're under 18

All documents must be originals. Any documents not in English must have a full English translation by a third party.

Each person giving notice needs to bring one piece of evidence for each area that applies to them. If you don’t bring all of the documents you need you won’t be able to give notice.

Documents needed

Proof of nationality

  • A valid British passport.
  • If you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983:
    • United Kingdom birth certificate.
  • If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983:
    • United Kingdom full birth certificate (showing your parents); and
    • mother’s UK birth certificate (to prove you've inherited British nationality).
  • A certificate of registration/naturalisation as a British citizen, granted by the Secretary of State.

Proof of address

  • Valid UK provisional or full driving licence.
  • Utility bill - dated within three months of the date of giving notice.
  • Bank or building society statement - dated within one month of the date of giving notice.
  • Council tax bill for the current year.
  • Mortgage statement - dated within 12 months of the date of giving notice.
  • Current residential tenancy agreement.

If you've been married or in a civil partnership before

  • UK decree absolute or final order.
  • Decree of nullity of marriage granted by a court of civil jurisdiction in England or Wales.
  • Civil partnership dissolution order.
  • Civil partnership nullity order obtained in England or Wales in accordance with Part 2 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.
  • Marriage certificate and death certificate of your late spouse if you're widowed.

If you've changed your name following any of the above, you must also bring a document to link your current name to the dissolution document. You can bring either your:

  • marriage certificate
  • civil partnership certificate
  • deed poll certificate

If your divorce, annulment or dissolution was granted outside of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man

A full translation of the document must be provided if your divorce, annulment or dissolution was granted outside of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

You'll have to pay a fee of £50 for us to check the documents at your appointment. If the documents need to be forwarded to the General Register Office to check the fee is £75.

If you've changed your name

  • Change of name deed.
  • Marriage/civil partnership certificate if you've reverted to your maiden or birth name following dissolution of your marriage/civil partnership. This is to link your current name to the dissolution document.

If you're under 18

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