Giving Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership at Richmond Register Office

Please note that Richmond upon Thames Register Office operates an appointment system for notices and you must book an appointment before attending.

It is a legal requirement that each party in a proposed marriage or civil partnership gives their notice prior to the ceremony / formation taking place. This requirement applies if you are being married in a civil ceremony in a register office or licensed venue, or in a religious building of any denomination other than the Church of England.

Book an appointment to give notice

Before you give notice

  • Before either of you can give notice, it is a legal requirement that you must each have lived in a registration district in England or Wales for at least seven full days (eight nights), immediately before giving notice. See further details under "Residency" below.
  • You must both give notice in person; no-one else can do it on your behalf.
  • You will have to produce documents and give personal information to the registrar about yourself and your partner in order for the legal notice to be completed. Please see ‘Documents needed to give notice’.
  • The statutory fee for giving notice must be paid when attending the appointment. The fee is per person, per notice (regardless of whether you attend the appointment together or separately).
  • You must also name the venue where your ceremony will take place.
  • Your notices are valid only for the venue shown: if you change your mind about where your ceremony will take place after you have completed your notices, you will have to give fresh notices naming the new venue and pay the statutory fees again.
  • The law requires notice to be given in the district where you live, regardless of where you plan to be married / enter into a civil partnership (unless either of you is subject to immigration control).
  • Notice can be given up to a year in advance of the ceremony date.
  • If you do not speak or understand English, please bring someone who can translate for you.
  • The appointment is a formal interview to create a legal document: you will be asked questions, and expected to give information, not only about yourself but also about your partner. You will then be asked to check through the printed form carefully, and sign to confirm the information is true and correct. Please ensure that you are able to give all the information, and produce the necessary documents, at the time of the appointment.  If you are unable to give all the information required to complete the notice, you will be required to make another appointment.

If you are subject to immigration control (non European)

If either of you is subject to immigration control, then both of you must give notice at a designated register office, which may not be in your district of residence.

Richmond upon Thames Register Office is not a designated office. Although you cannot give notice at Richmond Register Office if you are subject to immigration control, you can choose to have your ceremony at Richmond Register Office or any other licensed venue in the borough.

You are only required to give notice once and when you have both given notice at a designated register office, you do not need to make a further appointment in Richmond regardless of being a resident here.

A list of designated register offices can be found on the marriage and civil partnerships section of the GOV.UK website.

Please note that if you have an 'Indefinite leave to remain' stamp in your passport, you are still subject to immigration control and will need to give notice at a designated register office.

From 2 March 2015, if one or both of your is a non EEA national without appropriate immigration status or relevant visa, then you will automatically be referred to the Home Office and the statutory waiting period will be increased to 72 days to allow investigations to be made.

Residency

Before either of you can give notice, it is a legal requirement that you must each have lived in a registration district in England or Wales for at least seven full days (eight nights), immediately before giving notice.

For example, if you move into a house or arrive in the country on Tuesday 1 September, the seven day period starts the following day, Wednesday 2 September, and is complete on Tuesday 8 September. You can then give notice on Wednesday 9 September.

If you are giving notice for a marriage / civil partnership which is to take place abroad, for some types of notice the legal residency period is three weeks.  Further information on the documents that may be required by the authorities in the country where you wish to marry is available on GOV.UK.

If you are being married in a Church of England or Church of Wales Church

If you are being married in a Church of England or Church of Wales church, you will need to speak to the Vicar of the Church. The Vicar will advise you about what you need to do. There is usually no need to involve your local register office as Banns are usually called, however, after 2 March 2015 you will be required to give notice in a register office if one or both of you is a non EEA national without appropriate immigration status or relevant visa. Please see the Church of England Wedding website for more information.

If you are being married in any other religious building or church other than the Church of England, you will have to give notice at a Register Office.

Documents needed to give notice

Please note that all documents must be originals – photocopies will not be acceptable, and if any documents are in a foreign language you must provide a translated copy. Notice cannot be taken if you cannot produce your documents.

Evidence of the venue where ceremony will take place

If you are being married or entering into a civil partnership in a venue/church outside London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, you must produce either:

  • The booking confirmation from the local register office showing the correct details of the place of marriage/civil partnership
  • The official name of the church, together with its unique registration number. Your priest or minister will be able to tell you this information, and whether you will need a registrar from the local office to attend the service to register your marriage. Please be aware that the notice will include a legal statement confirming that the church or building is your usual place of worship – your priest or minister would normally provide a letter to confirm that either or both of you are in regular attendance.

This is so that we can ensure the correct details for the place of marriage / civil partnership are entered onto the notice, in order to ensure that your ceremony can proceed as planned.

If the details that are shown for your venue are not correct, you would need to give fresh notices, and pay the statutory fees again. Therefore, we will not take your notice unless you are able to produce written confirmation of your booking.

Updated: 23 March 2016