Before any marriage or civil partnership can take place legal preliminaries must first be completed, these are referred to as ‘giving notice’.
You must each give formal notice of your intention to marry in person at a register office in the district where you live. If you and your partner live in different areas you will each need to give notice in your own districts, unless you are subject to Immigration Control.
If you live in Hull, you will need to give notice at -
Hull Register Office
The Wilson Centre
Alfred Gelder Street
This service is offered by appointment only.
You must give notice in person - this can be done together in the same appointment if you both live in the same district or separately. No one, including friends, relatives or the person you are marrying can give notice on your behalf.
To book an appointment, please -
telephone 01482 300 300
or visit The Wilson Centre
When to give notice
In order to give notice you are required to have lived in the district for at least eight days before giving notice. If you or your partner are coming from abroad the day of your arrival does not count and notice cannot be given until the ninth day. For example if you arrival day is Tuesday you cannot give notice until the following Wednesday.
A notice fee must be paid at the time of giving notice - this is a separate fee, set nationally by the General Register Office and is not part of the amount to be paid for the ceremony itself.
An additional appointment fee is payable for appointments on a Saturday.
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If you live in Hull you will need to give contact us to make an appointment to come into our office at the Wilson Centre to give your notice.
The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is twenty eight clear days. For example if you give notice on the 1 May the earliest your marriage can take place is the 30 May. It's therefore a good idea to give notice as soon as possible.
The earliest date your notice of marriage can be given is 12 months before the date of your ceremony. Once you have given notice you are able to change the date and time of your ceremony (as long as it is within the 12 months), however you cannot change the venue. If you need to change the venue for your ceremony you will have to give notice again and as such a notice fee will be payable.
Different rules may apply if you are subject to Immigration Control.
If you are a foreign national from outside the European Union or are marrying or forming a civil partnership with a foreign national from outside the European Union you must give notice together in a district which has been designated for that purpose. Hull is a designated office.
If you are a foreign national from outside the European Union without settled or permanent resident status, a marriage or civil partnership visa, or exempt from immigration control, your application to get married or form a civil partnership may also need to be approved by the Home Office after you have given notice. This may mean that the waiting period before your ceremony can take place is extended to 70 days. We therefore advise that you delay making plans until you have received clearance from the Home Office.
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As with all legal events you are required to produce evidence of your full name, nationality, age and proof of your current address. Additionally if you have been through any form of marriage in this or any other country you will be required to provide evidence of how that marriage ended.
Acceptable documents are detailed below. It is important that documents provided are as specified on this list, all documents must be original or certified copies, photocopies are not acceptable.
If you are unable to produce any of the documents detailed in the below, please contact us prior to your appointment.
As proof of your name, age and nationality we will need to see -
- valid passport
- full birth certificate
- valid identity card from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- certificate of registration
- certificate of naturalisation
- valid biometric residence card or permit
- valid Home Office travel document
*If born in the UK and don’t have a valid passport and you were born after 1 January 1983 we will also need to see your mother's full birth certificate or passport, or your father's full birth certificate or passport if he was married to your mother at the time of your birth. You must also have another document confirming current name e.g. bank statement (dated in last month), utility bill (dated in last 3 months) or council tax bill dated in last year. If you have changed your name by deed poll we also like to see that document.
As proof of your address we will need to see -
- valid UK or EEA driving licence (full or provisional)
- utility bill - gas, water or electricity bill from the last three months (not a mobile phone bill)
- bank or building society statement from the last month
- council tax bill from the last 12 months
- mortgage statement from the last 12 months
- current tenancy agreement
- if none of the above a letter from your landlord (homeowner) confirming you live there and including your landlord’s name, address and their signature dated within the last seven days
If you’ve been divorced or widowed
If you’ve been married or in a civil partnership before, you need to showe either -
- a decree absolute
- final order
- dissolution document
- the death certificate of your former partner or certificate issued under the Presumption of Death Act
A foreign divorce will usually be recognised in England and Wales if it was valid in the country where it took place. We will require documents from overseas to be translated and may have to submit documents to the General Register Office to confirm whether your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead. If a foreign divorce has to be referred to the General Register Office this could take longer than the 28 day notice period and therefore delay the date on which you are able to get married.
Additional information if you are a foreign national
If either of you are from outside the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and subject to immigration control, we will need to see
evidence of your immigration status in the UK or a visa that permits to get married or form civil partnership here. This may be a -
- family of a settled persons visa (fiancé or fiancée visa)
- Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor visa
If you do not have the above types of visa you need to show -
- a valid passport (expired passports cannot be accepted)
- valid Home Office travel documents
- proof of indefinite leave to remain or enter (settled status)
- proof of right of abode
- valid biometric status document
- valid immigration status document with photo vignette
Additionally, if you are a foreign national from outside the European Union without settled or permanent resident status, or if you are giving notice having first obtained a marriage or civil partnership visa you will both also be required to provide a recent passport style photograph.
Access the GOV.UK website for more information about visas and immigration (link opens in a new window)
Please contact us prior to your appointment if you want to discuss which documents to bring with you. We will not be able to take your notice if you do not have the correct documents with you when attending your appointment.
The minimum legal age for getting married or forming a civil partnership in England and Wales is 16 years of age but written consent will be required for anyone under 18.