Changes to marriage registrations from 4 May 2021
From 4 May 2021, you will no longer sign a marriage register or be given a marriage certificate during the ceremony, instead you will sign a Marriage Schedule. This is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.
After your ceremony has taken place the registration officer will keep the signed Marriage Schedule and return it to the register office to add the details onto the electronic register, as soon as possible. Your certificate will be posted out or you can arrange to collect it within seven days.
Each person is still required by law to give a notice of marriage and the marriage ceremony will remain the same, it is only the way in which a marriage is registered that will change.
Last updated 7 May 2021
1. Required documents for marriage
When both parties to the marriage are British citizens, EEA nationals or Swiss nationals, you must both attend at your local register office to give notice. If you're a non EEA/non Swiss national who is not exempt from immigration control you are required to attend. You must attend with your partner to give notice at a designated register office.
When you give Notice of your intention to marry you need to provide certain documents to the Registrar. This is in order to prove your nationality, identity, residency and marital status.
1. Specified evidence of British Nationality
We need to see your British passport. In the absence of a passport we would need to see the following:
- for people born before the 1 January 1983, we need to see your birth certificate
- for people born after the 31 December 1982, we need to see your full birth certificate together with your mother’s birth certificate or passport. Your father’s birth certificate or passport is acceptable if your parents were married to each other at the time of your birth, or;
- certificate of registration as a British citizen granted by the Secretary of State, or;
- certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen granted by the Secretary of State
If a British Citizen doesn't provide their passport when giving notice, they must produce one of the additional five documents listed below under ‘Residency’.
2. Specified evidence of EEA or Swiss Nationality
Nationals of Switzerland or one of the EEA countries must produce a valid EEA or Swiss passport or a valid EEA or Swiss identity card.
In order to prove your name, we need to see your current passport - expired passports are not acceptable for identity - or your valid driving licence card.
In the absence of a current passport or valid driving licence card, some other form of photo ID is required.
The following documents can be used as evidence for residency:
- utility bill dated no more than three months before the date on which notice of marriage is given
- bank or building society statement dated no more than one month before the date on which notice of marriage is given
- council tax bill dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of marriage is given
- mortgage statement dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of marriage is given
- valid driving licence card
If either of you have been married or through a Civil Partnership before, you must provide a court-stamped copy of the decree absolute or dissolution certificate.
If your divorce or dissolution was granted abroad, we will need to see the original document issued by that country, together with a translation into English.
If either of you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner we will need to see a certified copy of your former partner’s death certificate. Your marriage or civil partnership certificate may also be required in certain cases.