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Marriages and civil partnerships in Camden

Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

Anyone that wants to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales has to give legal notice. This is a formal declaration of your intention and requires an appointment at a registration office. The only exception to this is if the ceremony is a Church of England or Church of Wales ceremony between two EEA or Swiss nationals, in which case church ‘banns’ are sufficient.

Where should I give notice?

United Kingdom (UK), European (EEA), Swiss nationals and those with right of abode or diplomatic status

You must both attend the respective register office for the district where you live. If you live in different districts, you will have to go to separate register offices. If you live in the London Borough of Camden you should give notice with us.

Foreign nationals

If one or both of you are non-EEA or Swiss nationals, you must both attend any designated register office (DRO) together. Camden is a DRO and we will be happy to take your notice for you.

When and how early do I give notice?

  • you can give notice of marriage up to 12 months in advance of your ceremony date
  • you must give at least 28 days notice - so if you give notice on 2 March, the earliest you could get married would be 31 March
  • you must have decided which venue your ceremony will be in before you make your appointment

What do I need for the appointment?

Proof of identification and nationality
  • a valid passport or valid biometric immigration document; or
  • a valid EEA national ID document which includes a photograph and states your name, date of birth and nationality; or
  • a valid British driving licence (both parts) plus a full British birth certificate if you were born in the UK before 01/01/1983. If born in the UK after 01/01/1983, you can bring your driving licence plus full UK birth certificate (showing parent’s names) and your mother’s UK birth certificate

Proof of address (separate document for each person giving notice)

  • an original (not self-printed) utility bill dated in the last 3 months; or
  • an original (not self-printed) bank statement dated in the last 1 month; or
  • an original (not self-printed) council tax or mortgage statement dated in the last 12 months; or 
  • a valid British driving licence (both parts)

Proof that any former marriage or civil partnership has ended

  • a court-stamped copy of the decree absolute or final order of divorce or dissolution.  If your divorce document records your previous married surname but you wish to re-marry using your maiden or other surname, please also bring a linking document such as the previous marriage certificate
  • a death certificate of your former partner. Any widows, widowers or surviving civil partners that are not mentioned on the death certificate as the partner of their previous spouse must also bring their former marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • if any document was issued in a foreign language we will need a translated document as well as the original

Consent if under 18 years of age

  • If under 18, you will need to provide a full birth certificate and bring completed consent forms from parents and/or guardians. Contact us for the appropriate forms beforehand.

Foreign nationals and the Home Office referral scheme

From 2 March 2015, all non-EEA nationals without settled status, a marriage, fiance(e) or civil partnership visa or evidence of immigration status will be referred to the Home Office Immigration for further investigation.

  • Those within scope of the referral scheme will be charged a higher fee for their notice
  • Those within scope may have their notice period extended from 28 days to 70 days

 Couples with at least one foreign national – extra documents to bring

  • Biometric Residence Permit, marriage, fiance(e) or civil partnership visa or other Immigration Status Document for foreign national
  • a passport photograph for each party unless both have settled status (ILR or ILE)
  • if you don’t live permanently in UK but are setting up residency for at least 7 days especially to give notice, you need proof of your permanent address (see advice above) plus a signed and dated letter from the owner or proprietor of the property where your staying at which confirms how long you have been staying at their property for and states their name and address

How do I book an appointment?

Please note the link to book online below may not be updated to show changes applicable for notice appointments on or after 2 March 2015. Therefore please rely on advice on this page over what the booking form or summary email states ie regarding documents required, fees and notice period.

Book an appointment

What does it cost to give notice? 

There is a fee for giving notice that is set by the General Register Office. You pay a non-refundable reservation fee when booking which then becomes the notice fee upon completion.

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