Giving a Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership

What is a Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership?

  • A notice of Marriage/ Civil Partnership is a legal process which must be completed before a civil ceremony can take place.
  • A notice must be given whether you are to hold your ceremony at a Register Office, Approved Premise or place for religious Worship. NB: The church in England and Church in Wales generally call Banns instead of giving notice. The church vicar should be consulted on this.
  • If you are planning to hold your ceremony abroad, then you would need to consult the authorities of that country in advance, to ensure you obtain the correct documentation from Britain.

When should I give my Notice?

  • An Appointment should be made to give notice when dates and times for your ceremony have been decided. Please note: If you change your venue after notice is given, then you would have to start the process again and pay another fee.
  • A notice can be given up to a year in advance of the Marriage/Partnership date, but not less than 28 days before the Ceremony.

Where can a notice be given?

  • A notice must be given in person in the registration District in which you live for a minimum of 7 clear days prior to your appointment, regardless of where you want to hold your ceremony.

What if my fiancée/fiancé lives in another district?

  • Your Fiancé/fiancée must give notice in that district and will need to make an appointment with their local Register Office.

What documents are needed to give a Notice?

Please see below documents required for notice. These will be explained to you in full when you make your appointment. Please note that in all cases photocopies are not acceptable.

Proof of Name, Age and Nationality

  • A Valid UK Passport
  • A Valid EEA or Swiss Passport
  • A Valid EEA or Swiss Identity card.

British Citizens only without a Passport

If you hold a valid UK Passport you may produce your UK Birth Certificate with one of the following documents:

  • Bank/Building Society Statement or Passbook dated within one month of giving Notice.
  • Utility Bill dated within three months of giving notice
  • A recent Council Tax Statement
  • UK Driving Licence (Photo card)
  • A mortgage Statement dated within twelve months of giving notice
  • Current Residential tenancy agreement

Where you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, your full birth certificate must be produced, together with the birth certificate of your mother or father. Please note: If you are proving nationality through your father then your parents marriage certificate would need to be seen also.

If you are currently using a different name to that shown or your birth Certificate, you would need to demonstrate your name change by providing your Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (s) or change of name document.

Proof of your residency

  • Bank/Building Society Statement or Passbook dated within one month of giving Notice.
  • Utility Bill dated within three months of giving notice
  • A recent Council Tax Statement
  • UK Driving Licence
  • A mortgage Statement dated within twelve months of giving notice
  • Current Residential tenancy agreement

Proof of Marital Status

  • If you have been married or entered into a Civil Partnership Before, you would need to produce your original Court stamped Decree Absolute/CP Dissolution Order. (If the name you are currently using is different to that stated on the decree / dissolution, you would need to provide additional evidence i.e. Former Marriage Certificate, change of name deed).
  • If you are a widow/widower: A copy of your late spouse’s death certificate would need to be produced. If you are a widow and the death of your late husband was before December 2005 you will need a copy of your Marriage certificate also.
  • If you have been through a foreign divorce then you would need to produce the original document together with a certified English Translation. Some foreign divorce papers can’t be authorised locally and need to be referred to the General Register Office. We will advise you when booking your appointment if this is the case.

Subject to immigration Control

If either of you is not British, Economic Area or Swiss National, you may be subject to immigration control and would need to attend a Designated Register Office to give a Notice. Please ring for guidance if you are unsure.

Other Documents that may be required:

  • Any change of name documents for example Deed Poll or Change of Name Deed.
  • Permission of your parents or guardians if you are under 18 years of age.

Please note: failure to produce the correct documentation may result in your notice of marriage not being taken on the day.

What happens after my notice has been given?

  • After a notice has been given and displayed on the notice board in the Register Office for 28 days, a certificate authorising the Marriage/Partnership can then be issued. This is valid for up to one year from the date the notice was given.

How much does it cost to give a Notice?

  • Currently the fee is £35.00 per person on the day that notice is given.

If you would like to book a ceremony or require any further guidance, please contact the office on 01495 742132 or email: registrars@torfaen.gov.uk where staff will be happy to help.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Registrars

Tel: 01495 742132

Email: registrars@torfaen.gov.uk

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