Documents you'll need to give notice

You must bring originals of the following documents to your appointment:

  • details of the final venue for your ceremony
  • a valid passport, UK birth certificate (if you were born before 1 January 1983) or national identity card from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • proof of your home address
  • proof of any name changes (for example, a copy of a deed poll)

To prove your address, bring one of the following:

  • valid UK, EU, EEA or Swiss driving licence
  • gas, water or electricity bill from the last 3 months
  • bank or building society statement from the last month
  • Council Tax bill from the last 12 months
  • mortgage statement from the last 12 months
  • current tenancy agreement
  • letter from your landlord (dated within the last 7 days) confirming you live there and including your landlord’s name, address and their signature

If your normal address is outside the UK, you’ll need to give details of a UK contact address. For example, this could be your partner, friend or family member’s address.

If you’ve been married or in a civil partnership before

You’ll also need to bring one of the following documents:

You need to bring proof of your divorce, annulment or dissolution if it was granted outside of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. You’ll have to pay a fee of £50 for the local register office to check your documents or £75 if the General Register Office needs to check them.

If you or your partner is from outside the EU, EEA or from Switzerland

You’ll also need to bring:

  • a passport sized photo for each of you (even if only one of you is from outside the EU, EEA or from Switzerland)
  • proof of your current immigration status (for example, your visa)
  • a translation of any documents that are not in English
  1. Step 1 Check if you can get married or form a civil partnership

  2. Step 2 Plan your ceremony

  3. Step 3 Give notice

    You must give at least 29 days notice before you get married or form a civil partnership.

    1. Book an appointment to give notice £35 to £47
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  4. Step 4 Get married or form a civil partnership

    You must get married or form a civil partnership within 12 months of giving notice.

    After you register, you can get a marriage or civil partnership certificate. It costs £11.

    If you need a copy in the future you can order one online.

    1. Get a copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate
  5. Step 5 Update your details

    Tell government organisations you’re married or in a civil partnership. It can affect your benefits, pension or tax.

    1. Tell DWP about a change in circumstances
    2. Tell HMRC you got married or formed a civil partnership

    You might also need to tell banks, private pensions and other organisations.

  6. and If you want to change your name

    You can use your marriage or civil partnership certificate to change your name if both:

    • you're listed as female in official documentation
    • you want to take your partner's name

    In all other situations you can change your name by deed poll.

    1. Change your name by deed poll