Giving Notice of Marriage
We are taking appointments to ‘give notice’ but due to the current pandemic we would encourage couples to only book appointments where the ceremony is to take place within three months. If you wish to discuss your ceremony, please contact the Register Office and we will be happy to advise you.
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.
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.
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).
You can ask the registrar to consider a reduction in the 28 day notice period to marry or form a civil partnership. This costs £60 per person.
What documents will we need to provide?
To give 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 or EU Passport or
- 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)
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