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Giving notice of marriage

If you want to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you must both give notice in person.

Notice must be given by appointment at the Register Office in the area where you have lived for at least the past seven days, regardless of where you intend to marry.

A Superintendent Registrar and Registrar, or an authorised person, needs to be present at all marriages/civil partnerships, except those at a church belonging to the Church in Wales/Church of England. It is therefore important that you make sure the Registrars are available before you confirm any other arrangements.

Where do we give notice?

If you live in Swansea, the Register Office is at the Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN.  To make an appointment, or for any other advice on marriage please contact us on 01792 636188.

What is a Notice of Marriage?

The notice of marriage or civil partnership is a legal statement which you must sign. If you plan to be married in the Church in Wales or Church of England, you should see your local vicar who will arrange for the Banns of Marriage to be published.

A notice states the names, age, marital status, address, occupation and nationality of the people intending to marry or form a civil partnership. It also states the intended venue for the ceremony.

Notices are displayed on the public notice boards at the register office for 28 clear days. Only then can the 'authorities for marriage' or civil partnership 'schedule' be issued. These must be collected from the register office and taken to whoever is officiating at the ceremony, be they a religious minister or a registrar, in advance of the ceremony. Your marriage cannot take place without them.

The  'authorities for marriage' or 'schedule' are only valid for use in the venue stated, so it is vital that you are certain of the place in which you plan to be married or form a civil partnership at the time of giving your notice. If you need to change the venue after giving your notice you will be required to give fresh notices stating the new venue.

A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months.

Are you subject to immigration control?

Any person who is subject to immigration control and wishes to marry/register a civil partnership in England or Wales must give their notice of marriage at a Register Office which has been designated for the purpose. Swansea is one of the 75 designated Register Offices in England and Wales. Both parties to the marriage must give notice together in this case.

Where one or both parties are subject to immigration control and do not have the relevant immigration status or marriage visa, a referral must be made to the Home Office. In those cases the notice period may be extended to 70 clear days. If notices are subject to referral the notice fee will be £47 per person.

How much does it cost?

The fee for the notice is £35 each payable to the Superintendent Registrar at the time of giving the Notice of Marriage.

What documents will we need to provide?

You will need to provide evidence of your name, age, nationality and condition. The most commonly accepted documents are:

  • Name, age and nationality - current passport. If you do not have a current passport your birth certificate, if you were born before 31/12/1982. If you were born after 1/1/1983 you will need to provide evidence of your parent's nationalities also.  You will also need to provide recent evidence of the full name that you are currently using eg a driving licence 
  • Condition (this is required when you have been previously married or formed a legally recognised civil partnership either in this country or abroad) - evidence of how the marriage/civil partnership ended, for example, Decree Absolute of Divorce/Dissolution of Civil Partnership or death certificate of former husband/wife/civil partner. A Decree Nisi of Divorce is not acceptable. Photocopies or faxes are not acceptable.  If the document is in another language, we will need a translation into English.

You will also be asked to provide evidence of your current address, for example a utility bill dated no more than three months before your appointment, a bank statement dated no more than 1 month before your appointment or a valid driving licence.

If you cannot provide any of the above documents please contact us for advice on 01792 636188.

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