Give notice of a marriage or civil partnership

Births, deaths and marriages

Before you can have a marriage or civil partnership ceremony you need a marriage licence.

To get a marriage licence each person must give notice in person at the Register Office.

If both of you are British or EU citizens you:

  • must give notice at least 28 days before the ceremony
  • give notice in the borough that they live in and
  • don’t need to attend the appointment together

If one or both of you is a non-European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, you:

  • must give notice at least 70 days before the ceremony  
  • can give notice at any designated office and;
  • must attend your appointment together

If one or both of the couple is housebound or detained in prison, we can arrange to visit you.

Changing ceremony venue

You must know the ceremony venue when you give notice. If you change the venue, you will have to give a fresh notice, which will mean paying the fee again and waiting for the notice period again.

To give notice couples must have:

  • lived in Waltham Forest or your district for at least 8 full days (full day is 24 hours) before giving notice
  • 9 clear days’ residence in the borough if travelling from overseas for a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales
  • written consent from their parents if aged between 16 and 18 by completing the consent to marriage form​

If you plan to hold your marriage or civil partnership in a different area, you should also contact the local register office for that area before you give notice, to make sure officials will be there on the day.

Fees must be paid online when you book your appointment.

Notice fees are non-refundable once a booking has been made and confirmed unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you don’t attend your appointment without contacting us at least 24hrs before your appointment, you’ll have make a new booking and pay the fee again.

If you make changes to your booking in 24 hours of the appointment you will have to pay the fee again.​ 

Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership Fee
Giving notice at the Register Office £35 per person
Couples subject to immigration control £47 per person
Attending a housebound person to give notice £47
Attending a detained person to give notice £68

​​​If you don't have a computer, visit a Library Plus branch to use our self-service to log your request/report. Someone will be there to help you if you need it.

Coming to the appointment Click to get info

On the day of your appointment:

  • Allow time to park as it can be difficult to find space in the area

  • Let staff at  reception know that you are here for your appointment

  • Bring all your supporting documents with you - failure to have the correct documents may mean that your appointment cannot go ahead - you will have to make a new appointment and be charged again

I don't speak English

If one of you doesn't speak English, you must bring an interpreter with you. This can be a family member or friend who understands English.

You will not be able to interpret for each other and we can't arrange an interpreter for you.

If you are a British/EU citizen

You must both bring the following documents to prove your name, age and nationality:

Valid passport/ ID card or

  • British Birth certificate (if you were born after 1 January 1983 you must prove your parents' nationality with a passport or birth certificate)
  • EEA (European Economic Area) National identity card

Proof of address for each person. This must be one of the following:   

  • Utility bill (gas, water or electricity) dated within the last 3 months
  • Council Tax bill - most recent
  • Bank statement - dated within last month
  • Mortgage statement - dated within the last 12 months
  • Council/housing association tenancy agreement
  • Valid UK Driving Licence
  • Letter from the owner or proprietor

If you are an EEA Citizen (British / European) and wish to marry a non EEA Citizen or someone subject to immigration control you will BOTH need to bring:

  • proof of identity – valid passport
  • proof of address (as above)
  • a passport sized picture each
  • proof of status/visa – (evidence of settled or permanent residence, a marriage or civil partnership visa or exemption from immigration control)

If any of these documents aren’t in English, a translation of the documents will be required. 

The translation must be signed by the translator with their contact details and they must certify that it is a true translation.​

You must bring originals, we don’t accept photocopies.

If you've been divorced or widowed, please also bring:

Read the GOV.UK guidance on giving notice as a foreign national.

Before you give notice, you should make sure that you are able to satisfy the laws 

What happens next? Click to get info

After your appointment, your notice will be displayed in a public folder in the Register Office for 28 clear days.

The marriage licence will be issued to the district of where you will be getting married.

If you’re subject to immigration control, the Home Office must give clearance before the marriage licence can be issued.

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

Please contact the Register Office, if you need a special licence for the marriage or civil partnership to take place elsewhere because one of the couple is seriously or terminally ill. 

Getting married abroad Click to get info

Use the GOV.UK tool to find out what you need to do to get married abroad.

If you don't have access to a pc, why not visit a Library Plus branch ​where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.

Contact Click to get info

If the information above has not answered your questions, you can complete an online enquiry form to contact the Register Office.​