Give notice of your marriage or civil partnership

A Notice of Marriage or Notice of Civil Partnership is a legal document showing:

  • the names of the two people getting married or registering a civil partnership
  • the venue where the ceremony will take place

If you live in Southwark, you must book an appointment to give notice at the Southwark Register Office. If you don’t live in Southwark but wish to get married or register a civil partnership in Southwark, you must give notice to the local authority for the area you live in.

We recommend you book your notice appointment at least 3 months before your ceremony. Legally you must give notice between 29 days and one year before your ceremony.

Your notice of marriage or civil partnership will be valid for 12 months from the date you give notice.

The notice is only valid for the ceremony location that you state at the time of giving notice. If you decide to change the venue, a new notice will need to be given and the notice waiting period of 28 to 70 days will need to be completed again.

Please note the notice waiting period is 28 days or 70 days depending on immigration status.

This applies to either one or both parties that are subject to immigration control. This may mean you're considered as being ‘in scope’, and the notice period may extend to 70 days.

The Immigration Act 2014 defines ‘in scope’ as those who are non EEA nationals without a valid visa for the purpose of marriage or civil partnership or is without the appropriate immigration status.

It's very important to allow plenty of time to complete this legal process of giving notice before the ceremony is due to take place. Further information can be obtained from the GOV.UK website.

EEA nationals

If you're an EEA national:

  • you need to give notice in the borough you reside
  • both you and your partner need to attend an interview with the superintendent registrar either together or separately
  • both you and your partner must complete the 28 days waiting period

At the interview, you must provide information about yourself and your partner as well as the venue of the marriage or civil partnership.

Fees

To book an appointment to give notice at Southwark Register Office, you'll be charged:

From the 1 November 2017 additional charges will be made for the consideration of overseas divorce documents:

  • £50 - divorce obtained overseas that can be cleared locally (dependant on if it fits the criteria)
  • £75 - divorce obtained overseas that need to be cleared by the General Register Office
Please note that the fee will be charged even if the divorce document is not approved

Documents required when giving notice

When you give notice, you must bring the following to the register office:

  • proof of your name, age, address and nationality
  • if either of you don't speak English, you'll need an interpreter who can speak and read both English and your language fluently (you can’t interpret for each other)

If you've been married or in a civil partnership before or in any other country, you'll need to provide documents showing that you're legally free to marry or register for civil partnership.

If you're under 18 years of age, you'll need to produce a completed parental consent to the marriage of a minor form (pdf, 14kb).

You must bring all required documents to your appointment. If not, we won't be able to take the notice and you'll need to re-book your appointment. 

All documents provided must be originals (scanned or photocopied documents will not be accepted). For any documents issued in a foreign language, we'll need to see the original and a full English translation

Appointments

If you wish to give notice of marriage or civil partnership, you must book an appointment by calling 020 7525 7651. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 3:30pm. We have limited appointments Saturday mornings.

Page last updated: 21 November 2017