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England - Procedure for Civil Marriages/PartnerShips

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Procedure[edit]

  • A civil marriage ceremony or civil partnership can take place in any register office in England or Wales, or at any venue approved by the local authority. These include stately homes and other prestigious buildings, hotels and restaurants.
  • You will first need to formally give notice of marriage or notice of civil partnership.
  • On the day of your marriage or civil partnership, you will need to bring at least two other people who can sign as witnesses.
  • A civil marriage ceremony cannot have any religious content, but you may be able to arrange for individual touches such as non-religious music and readings to be added to the legal wording, and for the ceremony to be videoed. The register office where you intend to marry will be able to tell you more about the options available.
  • A Civil Partnership is legally formed by the signing of the civil partnership schedule. Like a civil marriage, this is also non-religious, but couples who wish to arrange for a ceremony should discuss this with the registration officials.
Welsh speaking marriages and civil partnerships

You can marry or form a civil partnership in Welsh in any place in which the Welsh language is commonly used. Both yourselves, your witnesses and the person conducting the marriage should be able to understand what is being said. You dont have to have given notice in Welsh.



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Required Documents[edit]

You will be asked for documentary evidence to prove, for example, your name, nationality, age and address. Check below to see which documents you can use. Take these documents with you to your appointment to give notice.

Your nationality
  • We can accept one or more of the following:
    • Current passport
    • Current UK Drivers licence - with or without photo (if you were born in the UK after 1 January 1983 you may need further documentation to prove your nationality)
    • British birth certificate (if you were born in the UK after 1 January 1983 you may need further documentation to prove your nationality)
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo), if this states nationality
    • Home Office naturalisation certificate
    • Home Office travel document
    • UK Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • UK Immigration status document (with photo on document)
  • We can't accept the following:
    • Expired passport
    • Non-British birth certificate
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo), if this does not state nationality
    • Application Registration Card (ARC)
    • Form IS96 (temporary immigration admission)
    • UK Immigration status document (without photo on document)
Your Name
  • We can accept one or more of the following:
    • Current passport
    • Current UK drivers licence (with or without photo)
    • Home Office naturalisation certificate
    • Home Office travel document
    • UK Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • UK Immigration status document (with photo on document)
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo)
  • We can't accept the following:
    • Expired passport
    • A birth certificate (British or non-British)
    • Application Registration Card (ARC)
    • Form IS96 (temporary immigration admission)
    • UK Immigration status document (without photo on document)
Your age
  • We can accept one or more of the following:
    • Current passport
    • UK drivers licence (with or without photo)
    • British birth certificate
    • Non-British birth certificate
    • Home Office naturalisation certificate
    • Home Office travel document
    • UK Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • UK Immigration status document (with photo on document)
    • Current national identity card or driving licence issued outside the UK (with photo)
  • We can't accept the following:
    • Expired passport
    • Application Registration Card (ARC)
    • Form IS96 (temporary immigration admission)
    • UK Immigration status document (without photo on document)
Proof of your address
  • UK Drivers licence (showing address)
  • Bank statement dated within last 3 months
  • Council tax bill dated within last 3 months
  • Utility bill (e.g. gas, electric) dated within last 3 months
  • Letter signed by someone who is able to confirm your period of residence at address

If you dont have any of these documents, talk to the Superintendent Registrar of the district where you want to give notice. They will tell you if theres any other evidence they can accept.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

  • Local register office
http://maps.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/MapAction.do?ref=grolight

For events in Scotland or Northern Ireland.You can contact the relevant General Register Office using the links below.

  • General Register Office for Scotland
http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/contacts/opentime/index.html
  • General Register Office for Northern Ireland
http://www.ni


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Eligibility[edit]

Bride and Bride groom are only eligible to apply or give notice of marriage.



Fees[edit]

  • Give notice before registering a marriage or civil partnership: 35.00
  • Register a marriage or civil partnership at a register office: 45.00
  • Register a marriage or civil partnership on approved premises
    • The cost for attendance by the superintendent registrar and registrar is set by the local authority.
    • A further charge is likely to be made by the owners of the building for the use of the premises.
  • Cost of marriage or civil partnership certificate on the day: 4.00



Validity[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



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Related Videos[edit]

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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	



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Instructions[edit]

  • It is a legal requirement to give notice in advance of marriage or civil partnership. Your notice is publicly displayed for fifteen days, after which the authority for your marriage or civil partnership can be granted. Each notice is valid for one year, but if you decide to change venue, new notices must be given.
  • If you are getting married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, then you do not usually have to give notice of marriage.
  • If you are having a civil marriage or civil partnership, you both need to go to your local register office to give notice. If you plan holding your marriage or civil partnership in a different area, you should also contact the local register office for that area before you give notice, to ensure that officials will be available on the day.
  • You both must give notice in person - no one else can do it on your behalf.
  • If you are giving notice in Wales, you may give this in English, or in English and Welsh. If notice is to be given bilingually, both the couple giving notice and the officer must be able to understand the Welsh language. All local authorities in Wales have at least one Welsh speaking officer or deputy.
  • Before you give notice, you should make sure that you are able to satisfy the laws concerning residency and immigration control.
Your residency status before giving notice
  • You both need to have lived in the area in which you wish to give notice for at least seven full days, immediately before giving notice.
  • For example, if you arrive on Tuesday 1 March, the seven day period starts the following day, Wednesday 2 March, and is complete on Tuesday 8 March. You can then give notice on Wednesday 9 March.
  • This applies to all including those travelling from overseas for a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales. Exceptions to this are listed below, but only if neither party are subject to immigration control:
For marriages
  • British or Commonwealth citizens are able to give notice in the country they are living in, provided that that country has signed up to the 'British Subjects Facilities Acts 1915 and 1916'. You can find out which countries are eligible below. The other party must be a resident of England or Wales
For marriage and civil partnerships
  • If one person is resident in England and Wales, then the other person may also give notice in Scotland
  • Officers, seamen or marines on one of Her Majesty's ships at sea can give notice to the captain or other officer commanding the ship, provided the other person is resident in England and Wales

If you are subject to immigration control

  • If you or your partner are subject to immigration control, you need to give notice of a marriage or civil partnership.
  • You can do this at one of the 76 designated register offices in England and Wales. You need to attend the register office together.
  • If you want to come to the UK to marry or register a civil partnership, you will need to get the correct entry clearance. You will need this before you travel to the UK.

Documents you need if you are subject to immigration control http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/while-in-uk/marriageandcivilpartnership/eligibility/

  • You are not subject to immigration control if you have the right of abode in the UK, or are one of the following:
    • A British citizen
    • An EEA national
    • A member of visiting forces from NATO and Commonwealth countries
    • A diplomat that is not subject to immigration control
  • Visit the Home Office website
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/
  • UK Border Agency website
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/



Required Information[edit]

  • You have to provide the details listed below to give notice:
    • Full name
    • Age - the minimum legal age in England and Wales is 16 years of age, but written consent may be required under 18 years
    • Address
    • Nationality
    • Current status for example single, divorced
    • Occupation
    • Intended venue for your marriage or civil partnership



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Need for the Document[edit]

You need to 'give notice' and supply some personal information and documents to be married or form a civil partnership. There are also laws concerning immigration and your residency status.



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