Check if you can get married or form a civil partnership
You can get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales if you’re:
- 16 or over (you’ll need to be 18 or over from 27 February 2023)
- not already married or in a civil partnership
- not closely related
Same sex couples can convert a civil partnership into a marriage in England or Wales.
There are different rules if you want to get married or form a civil partnership:
If you’re under 18
You need permission from your parents or guardians to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales.
You cannot get married if you’re under 18 from 27 February 2023.
If you or your partner are from outside the UK
You must apply for a visa to get married or form a civil partnership in the UK if you:
- are not a British or Irish citizen
- do not have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- do not have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
- did not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on or before 30 June 2021
The visa or permit you need depends on where your partner is from and whether you want to live in the UK after your ceremony.
You can apply for:
- a marriage visitor visa - if you’re not going to live in the UK and will stay less than 6 months
- a family visa - to live permanently in the UK if your partner is a British citizen, settled in the UK, has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
- a family permit - to join your family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland in the UK
If you do not have a marriage visitor visa or family visa
You can still give notice of your intention to get married or form a civil partnership but the immigration authorities at the Home Office will be told.
The Home Office might:
- ask questions about you and your relationship - if this happens you may need to wait up to 70 days before getting married or forming a civil partnership
- decide not to approve your notice - if this happens you cannot get married or form a civil partnership in the UK