Giving Notice of Marriage
Before you get married or form a civil partnership you must "give notice" of your intention to marry.
A Notice of Marriage is valid for 12 months and must be given at least 28 days prior to your ceremony. We recommend that all notice appointments should take place three months in advance of your ceremony to ensure that this legal requirement is fulfilled in good time.
Giving Notice of Marriage applies to all weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, except for Church of England weddings (where banns of marriage are published in most cases).
If you live in Sandwell, you must do this at Sandwell Register Office - regardless of where you are getting married you must have lived in the district for the past 7 days.
You and your partner will need to give notice separately if you live in different registration districts. You do not have to do this on the same day.
If one of you is from outside the UK you must both give notice together in a district where at least one of you lives.
What is a Notice of Marriage?
A Notice of Marriage or civil partnership is a legal statement that you must sign.
A notice states the names, age, marital status, address, occupation and nationality of the people intending to marry or form a civil partnership. It also states the intended venue for the ceremony.
Notices are displayed on the public notice screen at Sandwell Register Office for 28 days.
After 28 days, the paperwork you need to get married or form a civil partnership is issued.
Couples must collect this paperwork from the Register Office before their ceremony, only if getting married in one of the religious buildings in Sandwell.
A marriage or civil partnership cannot take place without this paperwork.
How much does it cost?
The fee for the notice is £35 per person (£70 per couple). If your case needs to be referred to the Home Office the notice fee will be £47 per person (£94 per couple).
Before booking an appointment to give notice of marriage please read below the documents which will be required for the appointment. If you do not have the relevant documents please arrange to have them in place prior to making an appointment as the legal notice cannot take place without the required documentation.
What documents will you need to provide?
To give your Notice of Marriage, you must by Law provide evidence of name, date of birth, nationality, residence and the ending of a previous marriage. Only a valid UK passport or birth certificate is acceptable as proof of nationality. A valid UK driving licence is only acceptable as proof of name and address.
Evidence of name, date of birth and nationality
- Valid UK Passport
- If you do not have a current British passport and you were born before January 1, 1983, please bring your birth certificate. (plus at least one of the documents listed A to F below to confirm current use of your name)
- If you do not have a current passport and you were born on or after January 1, 1983, please bring your FULL birth certificate and your mother's birth certificate or British passport. (plus at least one of the documents listed A to F below to confirm current use of your name)
- Valid Irish Passport
- From 1 July 2021 any current national Passport
Evidence of Current Use of Your Name (if providing a birth certificate, not required if producing a valid passport)
- A) A utility bill (not older than 3 months at date of giving notice)
- B) Bank/Building Society statement (not older than 1 month at date of giving notice)
- C) Most recent Council tax bill (dated no more than 12 months at date of giving notice)
- D) Mortgage statement (dated no more than 1 year at date of giving notice)
- E) Current residential tenancy agreement.
- F) Valid UK Driving Licence in the name of the person giving notice (full or provisional and issued by the UK)
Evidence of residence – Required in all cases
- G) A utility bill (not older than 3 months at date of giving notice)
- H) Bank/Building Society statement (not older than 1 month at date of giving notice)
- I) Most recent Council tax bill (dated no more than 12 months at date of giving notice)
- J) Mortgage statement (dated no more than 1 year at date of giving notice)
- K) Valid UK Driving Licence in the name of the person giving notice (full or provisional and issued by the UK)
- L) Letter from owner/proprietor (X) of the address which is the notice givers place of residence which must confirm the following:
- i) that the person giving notice has resided at the address for at least 7 days
- ii) that it is the notice givers place of residence
- iii) that (X) is the owner/proprietor or the property and includes their name and address
- iv) Must be signed and dated by (X) within one month of the date on which notice is given.
Evidence of the ending of a previous marriage
- Divorce Decree Absolute or decree of Nullity granted by a court within England and Wales with original court stamp (photocopy’s are not acceptable)
- Divorce Document obtained from a country outside England and Wales. (with original court stamps and translation if not recorded in English)
- Death Certificate of late husband or wife or civil partner
If you divorced abroad, there is a charge to look at your divorce paperwork. The fees payable for this are:
- Consideration by Superintendent Registrar of a divorce obtained outside the British Isles: £50
- Consideration by the Registrar General of a divorce obtained outside the British Isles: £75
If one of you is neither a British or Irish Citizen or have EUSS settled/pre-settled status you must attend the Register Office together in the area where at least one of you lives.
You must give your notice together at a register officer in the district where at least one of you lives.
You and your partner must give notice together, unless you both have one of the following:
- British or Irish citizenship
- settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
- an application to the EU Settlement Scheme that you made before 30 June 2021, which you’re waiting for a decision on
If you do not fall within the three categories above and one partner has already given notice separately before 1 July 2021, they will need to give notice again and both partners will need to attend the Register Office together. There will be a charge for the new notice of £35 per person or £47 per person if the case is referred to the Home Office.
You will each need to bring a passport sized photo if you do not have British or Irish Nationality or EUSS Settled or Pre Settled status. Also required is proof of your immigration status and translated documents if you’re giving notice on or after 1 July 2021.
If you’re giving notice from 1 July 2021, you’ll also need to bring confirmation of either:
- your settled or pre-settled status - you’ll need to bring a ‘share code’ which you can get from the ‘view and prove your immigration status’ service, which will be valid for 30 days
- an application to the EU settlement scheme you made on or before 30 June 2021, which you’re waiting for a decision on - you’ll need to bring your certificate of application
The following are documents which provide evidence of nationality:
- Valid Biometric residence permit
- Valid UK visa/entry clearance in passport
- Valid HO endorsement in passport
- Valid UK residence permit in passport
- Valid application registration card
- Valid immigration status document bearing a valid photo-endorsed vignette
- Home office form IS96