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Giving notice of a marriage

If you want to marry you must both give notice at the register office in the area where you have lived for the eight days before giving notice, regardless of where you intend to marry. Notices can be given up to 12 months in advance of your ceremony. A fee is charged for the notice.From 1 November 2017, foreign divorce documents will be considered for an additional fee. See below for further information about documents to take to the register office.

Where to find help

If you are a resident in Cheshire West and Chester please contact Chester register office.

If you live outside of Cheshire West you should contact your local register office. You can find your local register office on the Gov.UK website.

Documents to bring with you

You will be asked to produce certain documents depending on your individual circumstances. The type of documents we normally need are listed below.

  • Evidence of identity, age and nationality, ideally a passport.
  • Any change of name documents.
  • Proof of residence such as a valid UK or EEA driving licence or a utility bill or other official document which shows your home address. A utility bill should be dated no more than three months prior to giving notice of marriage, a bank statement or building society statement dated no more than one month prior to giving notice of marriage, a council tax bill should be dated no more than 12 months prior to giving notice of marriage.
  • Evidence of how any previous marriage or civil partnership ended, such as a divorce decree absolute or a death certificate. From 1 November 2017 if your divorce was heard outside the UK there is an additional fee to consider your divorce document.
  • If you are under 18 years, written consent from legal guardian.
  • If either of you are subject to immigration control you will need to provide further documents.
  • Divorce documents.

Notices of marriage are displayed for 28 days in your local register office and are valid for 12 months. For more dtails of the documents to be provided please visit the Gov.UK website.

If you change your venue or notices expire, fresh notices will have to be given and a fee will be charged.

Marriage authorities

If you have given notice outside Cheshire West and Chester but are marrying in the borough, your local register office will issue documents called marriage authorities. These are issued after marriage notices have been displayed for 28 days and are required by the registrar who is going to conduct your ceremony.

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