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Documents required for marriage or civil partnership

Before you give your formal notices at the registration office, it may help if you check the legal requirements for marriage or civil partnership first. There are a number of documents which must be brought to the appointment otherwise notices may not be taken.

Appointment

In Lincolnshire we operate an appointment only system. To make an appointment to give notice(s) of marriage or civil partnership please contact our Customer Service Centre on 01522 782244.

1. If you have a current and valid passport (containing Visa if applicable) or current valid national identity card (ID) card issued by European Economic Area (EEA) state or Switzerland

  • You will also need to produce one evidence of your place of residence as listed below.

2. If you are a British Citizen born BEFORE 01/01/1983 and do not have a current passport:

  • we can accept your full United Kingdom birth certificate showing your parents’ names and one evidence of your place of residence (as listed below)
  • you will need to produce additional evidence of the current use of your name and surname e.g. UK EEA driving licence
  • and also links of any previous name(s) used including last marriage certificate and legal name change documents since the date of the last marriage (if applicable).

3. If you are a British Citizen born AFTER 01/01/1983 and do not have a current passport:

  • we can accept your full United Kingdom birth certifiate showing your parent’s names and one evidence of your place of residence (as listed below)
  • we must also see evidence of your parent’s British Citizenship e.g. mother’s UK passport, full birth certificate or British Naturalisation document
  • if British Citizenship is claimed through your father we must see father’s UK passport, full birth certificate or British Naturalisation document and the marriage certificate of your parents
  • you will need to produce additional evidence of the current use of your name and surname e.g. UK EEA driving licence
  • and links of any previous name(s) used including last marriage certificate and legal name change documents since the date of the last marriage (if applicable).

You will also need:-

Proof of your name, age and nationality, for example:

  • Valid passport
  • National identity card (ID) from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • Certificate of naturalisation
  • Biometric residence card or permit
  • UK travel document
  • If you have completed a legal change of your name we will need to see the legal name change document ie your last marriage certificate, deed poll.

Proof of your place of residence/address, for example:

  • Valid UK or EEA driving licence
  • Gas, water or electricity bill from the last three months
  • Bank or building society statement from the last month
  • Council tax bill from the last 12 months
  • Mortgage statement from the last 12 months
  • Current residential tenancy agreement
  • Letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is your place of residence. The letter must confirm the following:
    - That the person giving notice has resided at the address for at least 7 clear days immediately prior to the date on which notice of marriage is given
    - States that the person providing the letter is the owner or proprietor
    - States the name, address and is signed by the person providing the letter (ie home owner/landlord)

Previous marriage

If you have been married or in a civil partnership before, the registration officer will also need to see:

  • The original legal document that ended the marriage eg decree absolute
  • The death certificate of your former partner

Legal Requirement

If your divorce/decree absolute was granted outside of the British Isles there will be a fee of up to £75 for the legal consideration of the divorce. You must provide the original document issued and if this is not in English an English translation will be required. The translation need not be completed by a professional company, but the translator must provide their full name and address with the translation. Please note the translation must include any legal stamps on the document as well as the text itself.

Notice of Marriage Fee

You will each need to pay a £35 fee per notice when you attend your appointment at the registration office. A £47 fee per notice if you or your partner are a national of a country outside EEA or Switzerland.

Find further information about marriages and civil partnerships on www.gov.uk.

 

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Last updated: 28 November 2017

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