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Notice of marriage/Civil Partnership

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Appointments for notices of intention to marry and to enter into civil partnership will be available to book online from 5 July 2021.

Book an appointment

In line with the government's advice regarding travel, if couples are required to give notice at a designated register office, we will only be booking appointments for those where at least one of the couple are a resident of the Barking and Dagenham area.

If you do have a ceremony booked to take place within 3 months and you need to give notice, please use the Register Office enquiry form and include your name, address, contact number, and when and where the ceremony will take place together with a confirmation of your booking with the venue.

Changes for those subject to immigration control

Immigration laws will change from 1 July 2021 to reflect changes brought about following EU exit. Legislative updates regarding immigration will impact the process of taking notices of marriage and civil partnerships.

From 1 July all register offices in England and Wales will become a designated office, this means that where one or both parties is subject to immigration control, notice of marriage or civil partnership will need to be given together at a district where either one or both parties reside.


Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnerships

Please ensure that you have the correct documents before booking your appointment (Please go to the documents link at the bottom of this page to find out what you need to bring to your appointment).

We want to make sure that our customers and staff are always safe and are limiting numbers allowed in the building at any one time, leaving longer rest times in between appointments so that the building can be thoroughly cleaned before the next customer arrives.

Unfortunately, this means that we will have fewer appointments daily and there may be a 3 to 4 week wait before an urgent appointment can be offered. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Please note: Only customers giving notice may attend. Please do not bring children or other adults with you as we are limiting numbers allowed in the building.

If you have an urgent need to undertake an urgent Notice of Marriage for a booked wedding that has been confirmed as being able to go ahead, please email the team at: register.office@lbbd.gov.uk, providing the following information:

  • reasons your registration requires prioritisation
  • supporting evidence such as an appointment confirmation with consular offices, embassies, etc
  • your telephone number (so we can call you to follow up)

Marriages and civil partnerships - Guidance on giving notice on GOV.UK

Certificate of Non Impediment

We may only issue these documents for British citizens.  Please note that you will not be able to book this appointment online and need to complete our online form and we will book an appointment for you.

Contact us form 

If you are a foreign national living in England and Wales and need proof of freedom to marry, you can contact the General Register Office by calling 0300 123 1837 to request a ‘No Trace Letter’.

When and where to give notice Toggle accordion

If you are a relevant national you must give at least 28 full days notice at your local register office. You can give notice up to one year before the date of the planned marriage ceremony.

Your notice is publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days before the marriage authority (the legal documents which permit you to marry) is issued. This is usually 29 days after the notice appointment. 

You both must have lived in the borough more than 7 days immediately before giving notice.

The definition of a relevant national is;

  • a British Citizen
  • an Irish Citizen
  • a person who has been granted EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status (either settled or pre-settled or has a pending application for that status (submitted before 30 June 2021)

Foreign nationals Toggle accordion

Immigration laws will change from 1 July 2021 to reflect changes brought about following EU exit. Legislative updates regarding immigration will impact the process of taking notices of marriage and civil partnerships.

From 1 July all register offices in England and Wales will become a designated office, this means that where one or both parties is subject to immigration control, notice of marriage or civil partnership will need to be given together at a district where either one or both parties reside.

If you are not a relevant National we highly recommend you do not book a ceremony until you have a confirmed notice of marriage appointment with your local register office and that the ceremony date you choose is more than 70 days after this date. 

The definition of a relevant national is;

  • a British Citizen
  • an Irish Citizen
  • a person who has been granted EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status (either settled or pre-settled) or has a pending application for that status (submitted before 30 June 2021)

If you live abroad and are coming into the country to give notice of marriage, you must be resident in England for 7 complete days and nights (24 hours x 7) immediately prior to the date of notice. You cannot give notice until day 9 of your residency and will be required to provide evidence of your arrival date.

Marriage notice fees Toggle accordion

  • The fee for completing a notice of marriage or civil partnership is £35 per person (or £47 per person if you are subject to immigration control). 
  • Consideration by superintendent registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles is £50 per person 
  • Consideration by a registrar general of divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles is £75 per person 
  • An additional fee of £25 per person is payable for an emergency notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership appointment and is subject to availability
  • All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable so please ensure that when you attend you are able to produce all the required documentation (Please check before booking)

Documents required Toggle accordion

Each person giving notice will need to bring a valid passport or Home Office travel documents and 2 different proofs of address each from the list below:

  • Council Tax statement dated within the last year 
  • utility bill dated within the last 3 months (not a mobile or landline telephone bill) 
  • bank statement dated within 1 month of the date of notice (online statements can be accepted with the corresponding bank card) 
  • valid UK driving licence 
  • mortgage statement dated within the last year, or current local authority tenancy agreement
  • If you do not have a passport, or are under 18, for further information please see Marriages and civil partnerships on GOV.UK

If you have previously been through a marriage or civil partnership in this or any other country you will need to provide documents relating to the divorce. We will need to see the decree absolute, previous marriage certificate (if your identity documents do not match the information shown on your decree absolute) and translations (as appropriate). Additional fees apply for foreign divorce document clearance as stated above. If you are a widow/widower you will need to bring a death certificate and your marriage certificate.

Photocopied or scanned documents will not be accepted.

Terms and conditions Toggle accordion

All Weddings and Civil Partnerships are dependant of you giving notice of marriage within the appropriate timescale required by law.

  • If you are more than 5 minutes late for your appointment for any reason, you may have to rebook and repay
  • The fee for completing a notice of marriage or civil partnership is £35 per person (or £47 per person if you are subject to immigration control)
  • Consideration by superintendent registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles is £50 per person 
  • Consideration by a registrar general of divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles is £75 per person 
  • An additional fee of £25 per person is payable for an emergency notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership appointment and is subject to availability
  • All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable so please ensure that when you attend you are able to produce all the required documentation (Please check before booking)