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Giving notice

Giving notice

Giving notice of a marriage or civil partnership

To find out what you need to do visit Gov.uk marriages and civil partnerships giving notice information.

To give notice you must have already booked a venue, date and time for your ceremony.

If you are not subject to immigration control you'll need to give notice of marriage at the Register Office in the district where you live. Except for couples marrying in the Church of England when Banns will be read.

If one or both persons wanting to marry are subject to immigration control notice must be given at the local designated office. This is the same for a religious or non-religious marriage. The closest designated offices to Wokingham are Reading, Slough and Oxford.

The address of our Register Office is Wokingham Register Office, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH.

To make an appointment phone 0118 974 6000.

Appointments last 30 to 45 minutes depending on single or double booking. 

Giving notice at the Register Office costs £35 per person.

An additional charge may apply if you have a previous divorce that was granted in a country outside the United Kingdom.  

  • If either of you is aged 16 to 18 consent of your parents or guardians is required - a consent form is available from us
  • Evidence of identity and of nationality - either a current passport or full British birth certificate
  • Evidence of address e.g. a full driving licence (both parts) / recent utility bill (no more than 3 months old) or bank or credit card statement (no more than 1 month old)
  • If you've changed your name evidence of how that was done e.g. a change of name deed
  • If either of you has been married or formed a civil partnership before you'll need to provide documentary evidence to show how it ended e.g. a decree absolute or a death certificate
  • Foreign Divorces - if one or both partner(s) has a divorce that was granted outside of the United Kingdom you must contact the Register Office on 0118 974 6554 to find out what evidence is required. The fee for consideration of a foreign divorce by the Superintendent Registrar is £50 (in addition to the statutory fee for a Marriage Notice). Where this requires consideration by the Registrar General this fee is increased to £75        
  • All documents must be originals or certified copies
  • If you both live in different districts you should give notices within 7 days of each other
  • If the ceremony will be abroad you may still need to give a form of notice - contact us as soon as possible as the process takes longer

Things you must bring

You must bring the following documents with you at your marriage notice appointment. If you fail to bring the correct documents to your marriage notice appointment, you might need to re-book and pay again.  

You must bring

  • Evidence of your nationality, name and date of birth - this can be your current passport (preferred) or, if you were born before 1983, a long or short British birth certificate

If you were born in, or after, 1983 - Your long British birth certificate which shows the names of your parents and your mother's full British birth certificate. If your parents were married at the time of your birth, then you can bring the full birth certificate for either parent.

Note - certified copies of any birth certificate can be obtained from the Register Office covering the district where the birth occurred. Photocopies will not be accepted.

  • For each person living in the borough - proof of residency in the Wokingham District 

This can be either a full driving licence or a bank statement, no more than 1 month old at date of appointment, or a utility bill which must be no more than 3 months old at date of appointment, or a Council Tax bill for the current year.

  • Proof of end of previous marriage(s) if applicable 

Either a decree absolute - if a decree absolute date before 22 April 2014, then you need to provide a decree absolute with a red stamp. If the decree absolute is dated after 22 April the stamps were changed back to black stamps. A photocopy won't be accepted.


A certified death certificate for your former spouse. If the applicant is not the informant on the death certificate, the original marriage certificate is also required.

Documents must be the original or certified copies obtained from the appropriate Register Office. A photocopy won't be accepted.

  • Evidence of any name changes  

If you have changed your name by any means except marriage, you will need to provide evidence, for example a change of name deed.

  • Consent from parents (if you're under 18 years old) 

You will need evidence of the consent of your parents if you're under 18 years of age. Consent forms are available from any Register Office.

Things you must know

If you are attending the appointment on your own, you will need to know your partner's date of birth, address and occupation.

How to find us

Our Register Office is at our main council office in Wokingham.

Our address is

Wokingham Register Office
Civic Offices
Shute End
RG40 1HW

We are located at the side of the council offices building near the council car park entrance / exit. Please enter through the red door.


The nearest car park is The Paddocks car park (Postcode: RG40 2AB.) There is a footpath from the car park through to the council offices in the corner, diagonally opposite the entrance of the car park.

If you need to change your appointment date

If you need to change the date of your appointment, if less than 7 days' notice is given you will need to pay again.

If you book a marriage notice appointment and then cancel or move it with out giving at least 7 days notice, you will have to pay the fee again.

  • Your notice will stay on the board for 28 days after the day of your appointment and will be issued on day 29
  • The certificates of marriage / authorities are legal documents that permit the wedding or civil partnership to go ahead and valid for 12 months from the date notice is given
  • If you are marrying in another registration district you must ensure that the certificates of marriage / authority are received by that district before the marriage
  • If you are forming a civil partnership in another registration district registration staff will produce the necessary schedule for you
  • If you change the venue of the ceremony a fresh notice will have to be given and a further fee paid - however a change of date / time does not affect the notice
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