When giving your notice of marriage you are required to show certain documents as proof of identity, nationality, age, address and marital status.
Before making an appointment to give notice, please make sure that you have read and understood all the information on this page, particularly the information about what you need to bring with you to the notice appointment. Failure to bring the correct documentation to your appointment will mean you will have to book and pay for a new appointment.
The following list shows what is acceptable for your notice.
The following original documents (one or multiple documents) must be provided as evidence. Photocopies are not acceptable.
You must provide original documentation to prove how the previous marriage or civil partnership ended (photocopies are not acceptable). If you have reverted back to a previous name since the divorce, you will need to provide a certified copy of the marriage or civil partnership to link it with the divorce document.
If you were divorced in a foreign country, we will need to see the original document issued by that country and an English translation. All foreign divorce documents need to be checked thoroughly and from 1 November 2017 you are now required to pay a fee. This has been introduced by the General Register Office. This fee will be paid when you attend your appointment to give notice. The fee is none refundable, and is payable at the commencement of your appointment. You may be asked to provide subsequent documents following this check – however, there is no provision for a refund of this fee.
The fees are £50 for consideration of a foreign divorce document by the Superintendent Registrar. This is dependent on the country.
For consideration of a foreign divorce document by the General Register Office, the fee is £75. A photocopy of your original document will be photocopied and posted to the General Register Office during your notice appointment. Please note until the General Register Office confirms the document is acceptable you will not be able to have your legal ceremony.
If you are a widow or widower we will need to see a certified copy of your former spouse's death certificate and your marriage certificate.
If you have changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration we will need to see those documents. Please note that unless your deed poll has been registered with the Central Office of the Supreme Courts of Deeds at the Royal Courts of Justice you will be advised to register your previous name in addition to your current name on the marriage certificate.
From 27 February 2022 the law is changing where the minimum age of marriage and civil partnership will be raised to 18. You therefore will no longer be able to enter into marriage or civil partnership from the age of 16 with parents’ consent. If you are age 17 and will become aged 18 within 28 days of giving your legal notice please contact this office for further advice.
Please note: In addition to the documents listed above proving your name, age and nationality, where you live and your marital status, if you are an EU national or a national from a non EU country you must also provide the documentation listed below.
If you have applied for EU Settled Status you will need to prove this by:
If you have a pending application for EU Settled Status you must provide your Certificate of Application in addition to the documents listed above. Your Certificate of Application can be a paper document or digital.
For those persons who are not a British Citizen, Irish Citizen or have EU settled status you must provide proof of your settled status or your eligibility to marry.
You must both attend together to give your notice of marriage.
You should check at gov.uk for documents to prove settled status such asindefinite leave to remain, indefinite leave to enter or Right of abode. Documents that show settled status include:
If you are entering the UK for the purpose of marrying or entering into a civil partnership you must check with the UKVI that you have the correct visa to do so: this would usually be a marriage or civil partnership visa.
You must both attend together to give your notice of marriage in the district where you have resided for the previous seven full days. If you both live in different registration districts you must give your notices together at either Register Office.
You must have lived in a district within England and Wales for a minimum of seven full days immediately prior to giving your notice. You cannot move between districts in the seven full days immediately before the date on which your notice of marriage is given. For example if you are entering the country from abroad on the first of the month, the first possible date you could give your notice would be the ninth of the same month (giving seven clear days of residence prior to notice).
If you do not have the correct proof your marriage will be referred to the Home Office, who may decide to extend your notice period for 70 days if they wish to investigate further. The marriage cannot take place until approval is granted by the Home Office.
Both of you will need to provide a passport photograph if either or both of you do not have settled status or if you have a marriage or civil partnership visa or are in scope of the referral and investigation scheme. Please see our legal requirements to get married page.
Each photograph must be a UK passport style and size and meet the following criteria:
Salford Register Office is unable to offer any advice regarding immigration matters and therefore you must provide suitable evidence when giving your notices of marriage or civil partnership. If you cannot provide the correct documentation you will be referred to the Home Office under the referral and investigation scheme.
For any couple who is in scope of the referral scheme there is an increased fee to pay for the notice. If you have booked your appointment and paid the standard fee, and you do not have the appropriate immigration status you will need to pay the additional fee at the time of your appointment. Your notice will not be taken if you do not pay the appropriate fee.
We are working with the Home Office to identify marriages and civil partnerships which seek to abuse UK immigration laws.
Anybody found to be arranging, facilitating or entering into a marriage or civil partnership solely to gain permission to stay in the UK risks arrest or prosecution. Foreign nationals may also face deportation and be barred from re-entering the UK for up to 14 years.
If you have been married in a foreign country, you only need to get married here if you think that marriage was not legal. If you decide to get married here we will need to see any documents issued by that country when you give us notice of your marriage.
If you have any problems producing these documents please contact the Register Office.