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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 also a number of documents which must be brought to the appointment otherwise notices may not be taken.

  1. Current and valid passport (containing Visa if applicable) or current valid ID card issued by EEA state or Switzerland
  2. If you are a British Citizen and do not have a current passport we must see your full United Kingdom birth certificate:
    - if you were born before 01/01/1983 we can accept your full United Kingdom birth certificate showing parents’ names and one evidence of your place of residence as listed at 8 below. You will also need to produce additional evidence of the current use of your name and surname and links to any subsequent names used, i.e. Deed Poll, Marriage Certificates etc
    - If you were born after 01/01/1983 we can accept your full United Kingdom birth certificate showing parents’ names and one evidence of your place of residence as listed at 8 below. Evidence of parents’ citizenship i.e. parents’ UK passport or full birth certificate and marriage certificate if citizenship is claimed through the father. You will also need to produce additional evidence of the current use of your name and surname and links to any subsequent names used. i.e. Deed Poll, Marriage Certificates etc

You will need to take proof of your name, age and nationality. for example, your:

  • valid passport
  • birth certificate
  • national identity card from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • certificate of registration
  • certificate of naturalisation
  • biometric residence card or permit
  • travel document
  • If you’ve changed your name, you must bring proof - eg a copy of a deed poll.

The registration officer will also need proof of your address, for example, a:

  • valid UK or EEA driving licence
  • gas, water or electricity bill from the last 3 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 tenancy agreement
  • letter from your landlord confirming you live there and including your landlord’s name, address and their signature dated within the last seven days

You might need other documents if you don’t have a valid passport and you were born after 1983.

Check with the registration office first by calling calling 01522 782244 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am and 4pm on Saturdays.

You each need to pay a £35 fee per notice when you attend the registration office. It will be £47 per notice if you or your partner are from outside EEA or Switzerland.

If you’ve been married or in a civil partnership before, you need to take either:

  • a decree absolute or final order
  • the death certificate of your former partner

A foreign divorce will usually be recognised in England and Wales if it was valid in the country where it took place.

The registrar will check your overseas divorce documents and may have to get in touch with the General Register Office to confirm whether your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead.

Find further information about marriages and civil partnerships on GOV.uk

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Last updated: 27 February 2017

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