Giving notice

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If you're arranging a marriage or civil partnership you must give notice (a formal declaration of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership) and have a marriage and civil partnership ceremony.

Notice must be given 28 (full days) before the date of the ceremony at your local register office in the district which you have lived for seven clear days before giving notice.

Before giving notice you'll need to know the venue of your ceremony, as the ceremony can only take place at the venue you name on the notice. Notice may be given up to one year in advance but if your venue changes a new notice will be required.

If you or your partner are subject to immigration control (EEA/Swiss nationals and Non EEA nationals) you will be required to give notice together at a Register Office within England or Wales.  One or both of you must either set up residency or reside in the registration district for the preceding 7 clear days before giving of notice. 

To make an appointment to give notice at Plymouth Register Office use the link below or email srenquiries@plymouth.gov.uk

What you need to bring

One of the following original documents (or groups of documents):

  • Valid passport
  • UK birth certificate (if born in the UK before 1 January 1983) plus one of the following:
    • a utility bill dated no more than three months before notice
    • a bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month before notice
    • a current council tax bill or mortgage statement
    • a current residential tenancy agreement
    • a valid driving licence
  • Full UK birth certificate and mothers UK birth certificate (if born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983), plus one of the following:
    • a utility bill dated no more than three months before notice
    • a bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month before notice
    • a council tax bill or mortgage statement dated no more than one year before notice
    • a current residential tenancy agreement
    • a valid driving licence
  • Valid biometric immigration document Non-EEA/Non Swiss nationals only)

If you've changed your name and the documents listed above aren't in your current name, you should also bring documentary evidence relating to the change.
 

Example documents:

  • Share Code (gained from GOV.UK) or by presenting a hard copy letter of a pending application made to the EUSS prior to 30 June 2021
  • Valid biometric immigration document
  • Valid travel document
  • Valid Home Office endorsement in passport (including ILR/ILE/RoA)
  • Home Office status document
  • Visa or entry clearance in passport

If you're entering the UK for the purpose of marriage or civil partnership you must check with the UKVI that you've the correct visa to do so. This would usually be a marriage or civil partnership visa. If you're providing evidence of immigration status you may need to provide a passport photo.
 

One of the following:

  • Utility bill dated no more than three months before notice
  • Bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month before notice
  • Council tax bill dated no more than one year before notice
  • Mortgage statement dated no more than one year before notice
  • Current residential tenancy agreement
  • Valid driving licence

One of the following original documents:

  • Divorce decree absolute
  • Divorce decree of nullity
  • Civil partnership dissolution order
  • Civil partnership nullity order
  • Death certificate of spouse or civil partner

If you've changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration you'll need to provide documentary evidence.
 

All documentation must be original. We can't accept photocopied documentation or prints from the internet.

If you're unable to provide any of the documents detailed above or your documents differ from the list please contact by email at srenquiries@plymouth.gov.uk

If your documents were created outside the UK and is not in English, a full third party translation must be provided. The person who provides the translation must include a statement to confirm that it's a true translation of the document and must sign and date it with their name, address and telephone number.

Cost

  • Notice of marriage/civil partnership - £35 per notice
  • Notice of marriage/civil partnership (subject to referral) - £47*
  • Attending outside office to be given notice of marriage or civil partnership of a housebound person - £47 per notice
  • Attending outside office to be given notice of marriage or civil partnership of a detained person - £68 per notice

Plymouth Registration Service no longer accepts cash or cheque payments and can only take payments by card.

*There is a Home Office Immigration referral scheme in place for those who are foreign nationals subject to immigration control. The definition of relevant national for giving notice of marriage/civil partnership  is a person who is a British citizen, Irish citizen, or any person with either EUSS settled status, EUSS pre-settled status, or a pending application to the EUSS submitted prior to 30/06/2021. If you are not a relevant national, the standard 28 day waiting period may be extended to 70 days. This is to allow for investigation by Home Office Immigration. 

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