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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?

Both parties are British, European (EEA), Swiss nationals or those with right of abode or diplomatic status

You must each attend the respective register office for the district where you live. If you live in different districts from each other, you will have to go to separate register offices. If you live in the London Borough of Camden you should give notice with us. For couples under this category, you will not be under the Home Office referral scheme

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
  • where a foreign national is involved, you may come under the Home Office referral scheme and if so, please note that the waiting period can be extended from 28 days notice to 70 days
  • if someone has been divorced in another country it may be necessary to refer the details to the General Register Office – sometimes this causes delays, such that the notice period of 28 days passes but we must still wait for the divorce to be cleared before the ceremony can take place

What do I need for the appointment?

Proof of identification and nationality
  • a valid passport (or valid UK-issued travel document or biometric immigration document); or
  • a valid EEA or Swiss national  ID document which includes a photograph and states your name, date of birth and nationality; or
  • if born in the UK prior to 1983, your birth certificate plus one or preferably more relevant documents under proofs of address to establish current usage of name
  • if born in the UK between 1983 and July 2006, your full British birth certificate showing parent’s names’ plus your mother’s UK birth certificate. You will also require one or preferably more relevant documents under proofs of address to establish current usage of name

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 (all parts)
  • 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 any of above) plus a signed and dated letter from the owner or proprietor of the property where you are staying at which confirms how long you have been staying at their property for and states their name and address

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 have now reverted to maiden name and wish to re-marry using only the maiden or other surname, please also bring a linking document such as the previous marriage certificate. If your passport shows married name, then this will be included on the marriage licence and normally also the marriage certificates for your upcoming ceremony as you are relying on this as proof of current usage of name at time of notice.
  • 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. The translation can be effected by anyone other than the couple, as long as they are able to provide a full translation (including of any stamps on the document), certify that it is a true and accurate translation of the original document, and provide their name and address.  

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

For couples where at least one person is a non-EEA national that gives notice without having proof of diplomatic or settled status or right of abode or a marriage, fiancé(e) or civil partnership visa then they 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

Foreign nationals (whether in referral scope or not) – extra documents to bring

  • for each foreign national whatever Biometric Residence Permit, marriage, fiancé(e) or civil partnership visa or other Immigration Status Document you may have
  • a passport photograph for each of the couple (including British or EEA partners etc.) unless both have settled status (eg ILR or ILE) or diplomatic status or right of abode

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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