Documents you will need for your notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment
You must be able to prove your name, age, nationality and current address. For this you will need to bring:
- a valid passport or Home Office travel document . If you do not have either of these, see other ways you can prove your identity below
- proof of address which can be:
- a utility bill less than 3 months old (not a mobile phone bill)
- a bank statement less than one month old
- your most recent Council Tax bill
- a UK driving licence with your current address
If you have been married or in a civil partnership before, you must bring proof that the marriage or partnership has ended. See previous marriages and civil partnerships below for more information.
If you or your partner are subject to immigration you must both bring a recent passport-sized photo. Please bring evidence of your current immigration status if you can. Read more on our dedicated Subject to immigration page.
If you have changed your name and wish to have it recorded please bring evidence of the change, for example a change of name deed or deed poll document.
If you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, you can use a valid UK birth certificate or valid UK driving licence. If using a UK driving license as an ID you cannot use it as proof of address.
If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, you will need to bring your full original UK birth certificate along with evidence of your parent(s) nationality at birth. This could be their passport or their birth certificates. You can get copies of birth certificates from the Register Office where the person was born.
If you were not born in the UK and do not hold a valid passport or Home Office travel document, you will need to provide one of the following.
- A valid identity card issued by a European Union or European Economic Area (EEA) country
We can only accept ID cards issued by a country from the EU or EEA. We cannot accept cards from other countries including driving licences.
- A UK certificate of naturalisation
We can only accept a certificate of naturalisation if it has been issued by the United Kingdom.
- A valid UK government-issued biometric immigration document
For example, your current valid UK visa or entry clearance on a plastic card with your photo on it that has not expired. We cannot accept Home Office Application Registration Cards (ARC Cards).
To prove your previous marriage or civil partnership is ended, you will need to provide one of the following.
- The original UK Decree Absolute
This is the final divorce document and must be the original. You can get your Decree Absolute from GOV.UK (external link).
- Overseas divorce papers
This must be the original and final divorce. If the divorce is not in English you will need to provide a full 3rd party translation. You or your partner cannot do the translation, but a friend or relative can. There is no need to pay for a professional translation.
- A death certificate
This must be the original death certificate and link you to your former husband or wife. You may need to provide the original marriage certificate so we can establish a link.
- Documents confirming annulment
If a marriage has been annulled you will need to show an original document proving this. if the document is not in English you will need to provide a 3rd party translation.
Book your appointment
- do not book an appointment before 9.00am, after 4.00pm, or on a Saturday if you are subject to immigration, if you need an interpreter or if you have an overseas divorce
- the Register Office does not provide interpreters
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have general enquiry.
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