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UK/EU Residents


Giving Legal Notice of Marriage

In England or Wales, before you can marry or enter into a civil partnership, you must each give legal notice (in person and by appointment) in the district where you live or have resided for at least 7 clear days (prior to your appointment).

  • You cannot ask a friend or relative to attend and give notice for you.
  • You will need to provide certain documents. Details will be given when you make your appointment.
  • There is a statutory fee for each notice given.
  • You can give notice at the same time, or on different days, but the ceremony cannot take place until 28 clear days have passed for each person.
  • Certain information is publicly displayed for 28 clear days.

Your ceremony can take place after 28 clear days and within 12 months of giving notice.


How to Make an Appointment

If you live or have resided in the county of Leicestershire for at least 7 clear days, contact us to make an appointment at a registration office.

If you live or have resided in the City of Leicester for at least 7 clear days, follow instructions on the Leicester City Council website.

If none of the above are relevant, follow instructions on the UK Government website.


What to Take

The list of acceptable documents can be found on the UK Government website. They will need to be originals, not copies.

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