If you want to get married in England or Wales you must register your intention to marry or enter a civil partnership at your local register office.

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.

How do I give notice?

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. 

Call us to make an appointment

Appointments are available between the following times:

Tuesday - 8.45am to 4pm
Wednesday - 8.45am to 4pm
Thursday - 8.45 to 7pm
Saturday - 9am to 1pm  (Limited availability)

The local authority charge an administration fee for notice appointments that are outside of the usual operating hours. Therefore appointments that are after 4pm, or at any time on a Saturday will incur an administration fee of £30 which is taken by credit or debit card when making the booking.

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.

Costs

All notice appointments have a £15 booking fee to be taken at the point of booking (£30 for outside usual operating hours).

The registration is £35 each (£70 per couple) payable to the Superintendent Registrar at the time of your appointment.

What will I need to bring?

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.

Please note:

  • 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.
Information for non-UK and non-EEA citizens

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.

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