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Notice of marriage or civil partnership

You must book an appointment to give notice of marriage or civil partnership.

We provide pre-booked appointments only - we do not offer walk-in appointments at any of our offices.

Booking in advance

Due to significant demand, please book your appointment no more than 4 months ahead of the wedding date, as this will ensure that notice of marriage appointments are available to those in urgent need.  

Please do not attend the office if you are currently self-isolating, awaiting a Covid-19 test result or displaying any symptoms.

At this time we will continue to encourage our customers to maintain social distancing, wear a face-covering, use hand-sanitizer and limit the number of people who attend the office to safeguard all parties.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Registration Service.

Change in the law

From Monday 27 February 2023 the age of marriage and civil partnership will raise to 18 years in England and Wales. This means from that date a person under 18 years of age will no longer be able to marry or enter into a civil partnership under any circumstances, including with parental or judicial consent.

Legal changes to notice of marriage and civil partnership from 1 July 2021

If you are a citizen of an EEA country legislation comes into effect on changes to freedom of movement in the UK from 1 July 2021. Therefore, to give your notice of marriage or civil partnership as a relevant national you will need to confirm your EUSS settled or pre-settled status or have a pending application. You will be required to share a 6 digit code so we can verify your status at your notice appointment or alternatively provide your certificate of application.

All codes last 30 days so please be mindful when you request for this in readiness for your appointment.

If you are unable to prove your status we may not be able to proceed with your appointment and our normal Terms and Conditions regarding refunds will apply, which may mean you will have to repay the cost of the unsuccessful appointment.

Last updated 21 September 2022