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It is a legal requirement to give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership in this country.
You cannot get married if you have not given your Notice of Marriage.
Notice of Marriage is a declaration that you are free to marry, confirms your nationality, name, address, date of birth, and marital status.
Both parties need to give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership.
You can give notice from 12 months before the date of the marriage, up until 29 days before.
You must both have lived in England or Wales for seven full days immediately before either of you give notice. It doesn't matter if either of you moves to a different address once you have given notice. Notice must be given at the register office in the district where you have resided for 7 full days prior to your appointment.
If you live in the district of Wolverhampton, you will need to make an appointment to give notice with us.
If either partner is not a citizen of the EEA or Switzerland and wishes to get married in the UK, then you will both need to give notice at a designated register office.
The registration is £35 each (£70 per couple) payable to the Superintendent Registrar at the time of your appointment.
You need to be able to prove your nationality and identity with one of the following:
- A valid British, Swiss or EEA Passport
- Birth Certificate (British citizens only) - If you were born after 1st January 1983 and do not hold a valid UK passport, you will need your full birth certificate and your mother's birth certificate. If any of the names do not match the name you use at the time of the appointment, you will also need to provide documentation showing any name changes for either you or your mother. A short or full birth certificate is sufficient if you were born before 1983.
- A valid EEA identity card showing your nationality.
- Certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen
You will also need to supply proof of your address by providing one of the following documents, which must also show your full name:
- Valid driving licence.
- Utility bill: Dated no more than 3 months before the date on which notice is given.
- Bank or building society statement or passbook: Dated no more than 1 month before the date on which notice is given.
- Council tax bill: Dated no more than 1 year before the date on which notice is given.
- Mortgage statement: Dated no more than 1 year before the date on which notice is given.
- Current residential tenancy agreement.
If either of you have been married or entered a civil partnership before, you will also need:
- Proof of the termination of your previous marriage or civil partnership by death, divorce or nullity.
- If you are providing your previous spouses death certificate, you must be named on the certificate as their husband, wife, or civil partner.
- If you have changed your name since the termination of the marriage, e.g. reverted to your maiden name, then we will also need to see a copy of your previous marriage certificate.
- If your divorce papers have not been issued in England or Wales we will need to see the original divorce document and an English translation. A statutory fee of £75.00 is payable at the appointment for the verification of each foreign divorce document supplied at the appointment, and there may also be a delay in issuing the authority for marriage due to the additional checks that are completed.
If either of you have changed your name legally before such as through deed poll or a solicitor, you will also need:
- Proof of name change.
If either of you are under 18, you will also need:
- Proof that your parents (or legal guardians) agree to the marriage.
- If your parents are divorced we may need to see the court order that gives custody to one of your parents. The Registrar can help with this.
- If you intend to marry in the Church of England or Church of Wales Church, you will need to see your local vicar who will arrange for the Banns of Marriage to be published.
- You must both have lived in England or Wales for seven full days immediately before either of you give notice. It doesn't matter if either of you move to a different address once you have given notice. Notice must be given at the register office in the district where you have resided for seven full days prior to your appointment.
Please bring a black pen with you to sign your notice paperwork.
If one or both parties are a non-UK or EEA citizen and wish to get married in England or Wales, you will need to give your notice(s) at a Designated Register Office. In the West Midlands, the Designated Register Offices are in:
Birmingham - 0121 675 1000 (busiest office in the country may be a long wait for an appointment)
Stoke on Trent - 01782 253 260
Shropshire - 0845 6789 3016
Coventry - 0247 683 3129
We would recommend that Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership should be given a minimum of 8 weeks before the ceremony.
Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership legally needs to be given of no less 29 days and up to 70 days subject to immigration status
You must have lived in the Registration District 8 clear days or more before you can give your Notices of Intention to Marry.