Giving Notice of Intention to Marry or to Form a Civil Partnership

Giving Notice of Intention to Marry or to Form a Civil Partnership

 

Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership Appointment

If you are an EU or EEA National planning to marry this year, please read this information.

Giving notice is a legal requirement. A valid notice of intent must be given in person by both partners at the Register Office in the district where they reside, or at a Designated Register Office if one or both of you are subject to immigration control.  Newcastle Register Office is a Designated Register Office.

From 1 July 2021 all Register Offices in England and Wales will be able to take notice of intent from those subject to immigration control.    If you are subject to immigration control please contact the Register Office in the district in which you live to arrange an appointment.

The Register Office is unable to give any advice on the validity of any marriage or civil partnership, or of the benefits of choosing either a marriage or a civil partnership. If you are unsure of the implications of either a marriage or civil partnership please see the information provided by gov.uk

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

It is important to remember that Covid -19 has not gone away.  To protect you, your fellow guests, our staff and the wider community we are asking you to comply with the following guidelines when you attend an appointment to give notice:

  • You should not attend an appointment to give notice if you, or anyone in your household, feels unwell. If you or anyone in your household have shown symptoms of Covid-19 within the last 10 days, you should not attend unless you have had a negative PCR test result.
  • You should not attend if you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, even if you have no symptoms or have had a negative Covid-19 test.
  • All visitors are strongly encouraged to carry out lateral flow testing twice a week, before and after their appointment.  Do not attend if you test positive.  You can collect free testing kits from local pharmacies and community sites, or order online or by phone for home delivery: www.nhs.uk/gettested

Lateral flow tests should only be used by people without symptoms.  If you develop symptoms, you must arrange a PCR test straight away and self-isolate until you get the results - even if your lateral flow test is negative.

  • Unless you are medically exempt, we would encourage that a face covering be worn when you are not seated i.e. entering and leaving the venue and in public areas such as toilets and stairways.
  • Please sanitise your hands using the dispensers provided and avoid touching your face, as well as handles, railings etc., wherever possible.  Always cover your face if you need to cough or sneeze and wash or sanitise your hands immediately after.
  • If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while at an appointment, notify the nearest member of staff immediately and put your face covering on.
  • In the event of a fire alarm sounding, follow the instructions given to you by event staff and make your way to the nearest available exit.  A face covering can be worn if this is to hand but this should not delay evacuating the building.

Requirements to give notice

If you have only recently entered the UK you must complete a residency period of 7 full days.  This does not include the day you arrived in the district or the day you give your notice.

Notice must be given a minimum of 28 days before your ceremony, or 70 days beforehand if one or both of you are subject to immigration control. Notice can be given a maximum of 12 months before your ceremony. We recommend giving your notice around 6 months before your ceremony.

 

Appointments

Giving notice is by appointment only.  If you live in Newcastle or are subject to immigration control please contact us to make an appointment.  If you live outside Newcastle upon Tyne please contact your local Register Office.

If you one or both of you are subject to immigration control you should arrange to give notice of marriage before booking a date for your ceremony.

Fees

The fee to give notice is £35 per person and this is payable at the time of booking your appointment.  An additional fee of £12 may be required at your notice appointment if you are subject to immigration control and your notice is referred to the Home Office.

Information needed to give notice

At your appointment you will be asked to provide some of the following documentation.

British Citizens should provide the following:

  • Valid UK passport
  • Birth certificate

If you are a British citizen born after 1 January 1983 and you do not have a passport, we need to see your full birth certificate and mother's birth certificate plus additional evidence showing current usage of name and surname.

If you are a British citizen born before 1 January 1983 and you do not have a passport, you will need your full birth certificate plus additional evidence showing current usage of name and surname.

Non British citizens should provide one of the following:

  • Valid EEA passport
  • Valid EEA ID card
  • Valid non EEA passport
  • Valid Home Office travel document

In addition, you will need:

  • Proof of address - a bank statement dated within one month; a utility bill dated within three months; a council tax bill dated within 12 months; a valid UK driving licence; or, if you have recently entered the UK, a letter to confirm your residency
  • If applicable, a decree absolute or death certificate for any previous marriage
  • If applicable, a dissolution document or death certificate for any previous civil partnership
  • If applicable, any name change document if you have legally changed your name since birth
  • The name of the venue where you intend to marry or form a civil partnership

Please be aware that this is not an exhaustive list and other documents may be required.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the legal preliminaries are completed and to produce all the necessary documents.

What happens after the appointment?

Your notice of marriage or civil partnership will be displayed in the Register Office for 28 full days. If we don’t receive an objection, then a certificate for marriage or civil partnership will be produced on the 29th day. Or, if applicable, the certificate for marriage or civil partnership will be produced once the Register Office receives approval from the Home Office. Once the certificate is issued, your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead.

Certificate of No Impediment

If you intend to marry or form a civil partnership abroad you may need a Certificate of No Impediment.  You should ask the authorities in the country where you plan to marry or form a civil partnership if you will need to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment, or have it legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

Marriages or Civil Partnerships Involving EU or EEA Nationals

In order to marry or form a civil partnership in England or Wales a Registrar must attest a notice. The General Register Office has advised that there is no intention to make any changes to the existing scheme on or immediately after the UK has left the EU. The longer-term position remains unclear, but EU and EEA citizens seeking to marry or form a civil partnership in 2019 and early next year can be reassured that their marriage or civil partnership will not be affected by changes.

 

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