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Giving notice

Giving notice

Giving notice of a marriage or civil partnership

To find out what you need to do, read the giving notice page on the Gov.uk website.

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

You must give notice at least 29 days before your ceremony.  

If you are a foreign national the Home Office may want to increase the notice period to 70 days to carry out investigations.

On or before 30 June 2021

If you are of British, Irish, EU, EEA, or Swiss citizenship 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 (call 0118 937 3533), Slough (call 01753 787 600) and Oxford (call 0345 241 2489).

Outside the UK - from 1 July 2021

If one of you is from outside the UK and you’re giving notice from 1 July 2021:

You and your partner must give notice together, unless you both have one of the following:

  • British or Irish citizenship
  • Settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • An application to the EU Settlement Scheme that you made before 30 June 2021, which you’re waiting for a decision on
  • Your settled or pre-settled status - you’ll need to bring a ‘share code’ which you can get from the ‘view and prove your immigration status’ service, which will be valid for 30 days

You must give your notice together at a register office in the district where at least one of you lives.

If your partner had already given notice separately before 1 July 2021, they will need to give notice again with you.

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

To make an appointment call: 0118 974 6000 (option 3, option 3).

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

Giving notice at the Register Office costs £35 per person. However, if your notice is no longer valid because of Covid-19 you can request a free notice appointment.

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

If a Home Office immigration referral is necessary, the fee is £47.

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 British birth certificate       
 

If you were born on or after 1 January 1983 and do not have a current valid passport, your full birth certificate must be produced, together with the full birth certificate of your mother, or father where your parents are or have been married to each   other.

Note - certified copies of any birth certificate can be obtained from the Register Office covering the district where the birth occurred. You can  find a register office on the Gov.uk website. Photocopies will not be accepted.

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

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    

A decree absolute - This must be an original court stamped document.

A civil partnership dissolution document – again this must be an original court stamped document.

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

  • 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.

Outside the UK - from 1 July 2021

If one of you is from outside the UK and you’re giving notice from 1 July 2021, you’ll also need to bring:

  • A passport sized photo for each of you (even if only one of you from outside the UK)
  • Proof of your current immigration status (for example, your visa) 
  • A translation of any documents that are not in English
  • Your settled or pre-settled status - you’ll need to bring a ‘share code’ which you can get from the ‘view and prove your immigration status’ service, which will be valid for 30 days
        

If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

You will only need to bring the passport photos, proof of your immigration status and translated documents if you’re giving notice on or after 1 July 2021.

If you’re giving notice from 1 July 2021, you’ll also need to bring confirmation of either: 

  • Your settled or pre-settled status - you’ll need to bring a ‘share code’ which you can get from the ‘view and prove your immigration status’ service on the Gov.uk website, which will be valid for 30 days
  • An application to the EU settlement scheme you made on or before 30 June 2021, which you’re waiting for a decision on - you’ll need to bring your certificate of application

Things you must know

Both partners must attend a marriage or civil partnership notice appointment. If you are attending separate appointments you'll 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, Wokingham, RG40 1BN.

We are located at the far end of the old building, at the side of the council offices. Please enter through the red door.

Parking

Nearest parking is at the Carnival Multi-Storey Car Park – RG40 2AF. Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk from there to the Register Office.

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.

  • Your notice will stay on the board for 28 days after the day of your appointment and will be issued on day 29
  • This period may be extended to 70 days by the Home Office
  • The schedule is a legal document that permits the wedding or civil partnership to go ahead and is valid for 12 months from the date notice is given
  • If you are marrying or forming a civil partnership in another registration district the schedule is created by that district prior to the ceremony
  • 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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