Giving notice

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, you must both give notice at a Designated Register Office (Plymouth Register Office is a Designated Register Office). Before giving notice you must have lived in a district within England or Wales for a minimum of seven clear days.

To make an appointment to give notice at Plymouth Register Office call 01752 268331 or email regoff@plymouth.gov.uk.

What you need to bring

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

  • Valid passport
  • Valid national ID card issued by an EEA state or Switzerland
  • 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

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:

  • 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 us on 01752 268331.

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

*There's a referral scheme in place where all non-EEA nationals without a settled status, a marriage or civil partnership visa or evidence of immigration status will be referred to Home Office Immigration for further investigation. If the case is being considered the waiting period may be extended from 28 days to 70 days and the cost will be £47 per notice.