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England - Procedure for a Religious Marriage

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Procedure[edit]

  • You can get married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, speak to the vicar of the church in which you wish to marry. There is usually no need to involve your local register office.
  • If you wish to have a religious ceremony other than in the Church of England or Church in Wales, you should usually:
    • First arrange to see the person in charge of marriages at the building
    • Normally live in the same district as the church or religious building
    • Give formal notice to the superintendent registrar at your local register office unless one of you is subject to immigration control
  • Bring at least two other people who can sign as witnesses at your wedding.



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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.

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.nidirect.gov.uk/index/contacts/contacts-az.htm/general-register-office-for-northern-ireland



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Eligibility[edit]

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Fees[edit]

  • Cost of religious ceremony in the Church of England or Church in Wales
    • Please check fees with the vicar of the church in which you are planning to marry.
  • Cost of religious ceremony at a building other than Church of England or Church in Wales
    • Unless the building has an Authorised Person, there will be an 84.00 fee for the registrar. There may be further fees charged by the trustees of the building and the person who performs the ceremony.



Validity[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



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Instructions[edit]

  • If you wish to be married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, speak to the vicar of the church in which you wish to marry. There is usually no need to involve your local register office.
  • Also you can have a religious ceremony other than in the Church of England or Church in Wales.



Required Information[edit]

  • 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



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Need for the Document[edit]

If you want a religious marriage ceremony, you can get married in England and Wales in an Anglican church or any other religious building registered for marriage.



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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.



External Links[edit]

  • Directgov Marriage and civil partnership: your legal obligations
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Marriagesandcivilpartnerships/DG_175717
  • Getting married or forming a civil partnership
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Marriagesandcivilpartnerships/DG_175715



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