Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

Unless you are getting married in the Church of England or the Church in Wales you will both need to give a notice at the register office in the district you live in.

Further information

If you have a European nationality you will need to give notice at the register office in the district you live in. If one or both of you are subject to immigration controls then you will need to give notice together at a designated register office. You should contact your register office for advice.

At the time of giving notice, you must have been living in the registration district for the eight days immediately prior to giving notice. Both of you must give your own notice. A standard notice is valid for 12 months

If you live in the city of Leicester you should make an appointment to attend the register office at Town Hall. You can contact us if you are unsure whether or not your address falls within the city boundary. 

What documents will we need?

When you give your notice of intention to marry or become civil partners, you must be able to declare that both of you are free to do so.

The register office will ask you to produce the following documents:

  • Your passport
  • Your birth certificate, if it was issued in the UK
  • Evidence of your address, e.g. bank statement dated within the last month, utility bill dated within the last three months, valid UK driving licence, most recent council tax bill

If either of you are divorced, or your civil partnership has been dissolved, you will need your court-stamped divorce decree absolute, or final order of dissolution. If the divorce or dissolution took place elsewhere, your will need the document issued by that country, together with a translation if it is not in written in English.

If your previous spouse or civil partner has died, you will be asked to provide a death certificate. If the death certificate was issued outside the United Kingdom, you will need a translation if it is not written in English.

If you have changed your name, you will need to provide your change of name deed.

If you have not yet had your 18th birthday, you will need to provide the written consent of your parents and/or guardians. The register office will issue a form for this purpose

If you are subject to immigration control, you will need to provide two passport sized photographs, your passport and evidence of your address. If you do not hold a valid passport, you will need to contact the office to discuss what alternative documentation is acceptable.

What happens next?

When you give your notice of intention to marry the superintendent registrar will explain about the issue of the authorities for your marriage.