Notice of marriage / notice of civil partnership
What is a notice of marriage / notice of civil partnership?
When and where can we give notice?
What documents do we need to take to our notice appointment?
What happens after we've given notice?
How do we book a notice appointment?
What if we are getting married in a church or religious building?
A notice of marriage / notice of civil partnership is a legal declaration which must be given individually by each of you in person.
A notice is venue specific and valid for 12 months from the date the notice is given, so before booking an appointment you need to have decided where and when you would like to get married or form your civil partnership and have made a provisional booking with the venue and / or local registration service.
If, after giving notice, you change the ceremony venue or the date is moved beyond 12 months from the date of your appointment, you must give a new notice and pay the fees again.
Your notice must be displayed publicly for 28 clear days before an authority to marry or form a civil partnership can be issued. However, if one or both parties to the marriage / civil partnership is subject to immigration control, the legal wait period before an authority to marry or form a civil partnership may be extended, by the Home Office, to 70 days.
Please do ensure that you plan ahead as your marriage or civil partnership cannot take place if the authorities to marry or form a civil partnership are not issued in time.
The requirements are different depending on your nationality. Please read the following information carefully.
If you are both either British citizens or EEA nationals you must each give your notice of marriage or civil partnership at the Register Office in the district where you live. If you both live in the Milton Keynes Registration District book a double appointment and attend together.
You must both have lived in that district for at least the nine days immediately before you give notice.
If one or both of you are non EEA nationals you must have lived in a district of England or Wales for the nine days immediately before giving notice and both parties must book a double appointment and attend together at a Designated Register Office.
The documents required are prescribed by law and these requirements are slightly different depending on your nationality. Please check the details below to ensure you bring the correct documentation as if anything is missing, expired or a photocopy, we won't be able to take your notice and you will need to book a new appointment and pay the appointment fee again.
Please select the relevant option below, depending on your nationality, for details of the documents required for a notice appointment:
Once you have successfully given notice and:
- the legal wait period has passed;
- any investigations by the Home Office have been carried out (if applicable);
- any foreign divorce documentation has been cleared by the General Register Office (if applicable)
Then your authorities to marry or form a civil partnership will be issued which means that your legal ceremony can take place. This authority will be printed in the district where your ceremony is taking place.
However, as mentioned above, if you change your venue or the date of your ceremony beyond 12 months from the date of your notice appointment, you will need to make another appointment, pay the fees and give your notice again.
If you live within the Milton Keynes registration district or need to visit a Designated Register Office and wish to use Milton Keynes, then the easiest way to book your appointment is to use our online booking system. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card to hand as payment will be need to be made to secure your booking.
If you are unable to access the online booking system, you can call 01908 372101 to book.
If you are planning to marry in the Church of England or Church in Wales you must carry out the legal formalities by Banns or Common Licence (please check with your Church). However, where one or both of you are non-EEA nationals you will be required to give your notice of marriage at a Designated Register Office, such as Milton Keynes.
If you wish to marry in any other denomination of faith you must live in the district where the place of worship is located and you will need to give a notice of marriage in your local Register Office or, if one or both parties to the marriage is a non-EEA national notice must be given at a Designated Register Office.
If you do not live in the district where the place of worship is located then you must bring a letter from the place of worship, on official headed paper, confirming that this is the usual place of worship for one or both of you along with the documents needed to give notice.
In the first instance you should check with the church or place of worship you wish to marry in to see if they are available for the date you are considering and to confirm what is required and also if a Registrar needs to be booked to attend the ceremony in order to register the marriage.
Fees are payable at the time of booking your appointment to give your Notice of Marriage or Notice of Civil Partnership. Please see our table of fees for these charges.
Last Updated: 27 January 2020