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Any marriage or civil partnership which takes place in England and Wales, other than a marriage within the Church of England, requires the couple to attend at the Register Office where they live. The couple are required to give their Notice of Intention to Marry or form their civil partnership; this is the legal process requiring the production of documents which identify the couple who are to be married or form a civil partnership with each other and the place of the ceremony.
You cannot give your Notice of Intention to Marry (or form a civil partnership (Notice) more than 12 months before the date your ceremony is due to take place. A minimum period of 15 clear days is legally required before the authority or schedule for the ceremony to take place may be issued by the Superintendent Registrar.
The Notice will be displayed within the Register Office so that any person who wishes to do so can make a legal objection to the marriage or civil partnership.
In order for you to give your Notice you must have lived within North East Lincolnshire (and provide documentary evidence of doing so) for a minimum period of 7 24 hour periods (ie 8/9 clear days) prior to giving the Notice.
Documentation - What is required?
When you attend at the Register Office to give the Notice you MUST bring the following documents with you. These can vary dependent upon your status.
- Current, valid European Passport OR FULL birth certificate (showing parent(s) details).
- If you were born on or after 1st January 1983 and DO NOT have a valid EU Passport you are required to produce your own full birth certificate and either the full birth certificate of your Mother (that shows her parent(s) details) or her current, valid European Union passport. This is required to evidence your nationality.
- A utility bill or other official correspondence addressed to you at your present address and dated within the last three months.
The following documents may also be required:
- Decree Absolute - if this is a foreign document a translation into English will be required.
- Death certificate of late spouse.
- Change of Name Deed or Statutory Declaration.
- Consent form if under 18 years of age (available from the Register Office).
These documents MUST be originals - photocopies will not be accepted and failure to produce any necessary documents will delay the giving of notice and may have an impact on your ceremony date.
How much will it cost?
You must book an appointment to give your Notice and a £25.00 booking fee is payable at the time of booking this appointment. The notice fee for each party is £35.00. You can provisionally book your ceremony more than a year in advance for an additional booking fee of £17.50 (£37.50 in total).
If you have any queries regarding the above information please contact the Superintendent Registrar - Telephone: 01472 326589