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From the 2 March 2015 there will be a change in the law regarding giving legal notice of marriage or civil partnership. The numbers of days’ notice you have to give prior to your ceremony will increase from 15 days to 28 days for everyone, but possibly 70 days if you or your partner are subject to immigration control.
Both parties are required by law to give legal notice of marriage in person to the register office in the District in which they have resided for a minimum of 7 consecutive nights.
However, if either of you is subject to immigration control you and the person you wish to marry/civil partner must give notice at a specially designated Register Office (one of these is Bristol Register Office) within England and Wales.
If you do not bring the required documents with you for your appointment to see the registrar we will be unable to take your notice of marriage/civil partnership
- When giving your notice of marriage or civil partnership you will need to produce evidence of your identity and nationality. If you do not have a current passport, please call the ceremony section for advice.
- If you were born in the UK on or after 1st January 1983 and do not have a current UK passport you will also need to bring your mother's birth certificate (or your father, if he is named on your birth certificate).
- If either of you are subject to immigration control (non-EU Nationals) you must also provide evidence of your immigration status and a passport standard photograph for each of you.
- You must also bring along proof of your address, a council tax or recent utility bill is acceptable
- If either of you has been married/civil partnered before, either in this country or abroad and you are divorced, you will need to show proof of your divorce/dissolution. If the divorce was granted in England or Wales you will need to show a court stamped copy of the divorce Decree Absolute/Dissolution. If the divorce was granted in a foreign country we will need to see the original document issued by that country, along with a translation into English, if it is in a foreign language.
- If either of you is a widow or widower we will need to see a certified copy of your former spouse's death certificate from the Registration Authorities of the country where the death occurred. The marriage/civil partnership certificate may also be required in certain cases.
- If you have already legally married/civil partnered each other in a foreign country, there is no provision in law to marry/civil partner again in the UK.
- A fee of £35 or £47 per person is payable at the time you produce your documents at your local register office to give notice of marriage or civil partnership. You will be advised at the time of making your appointment which fee is applicable to you. This fee is payable regardless of where your marriage/civil partnership is to take place.
Marriage and civil partnership laws differ greatly throughout the world. You may be using a reputable holiday company who will give you guidance or you may wish to contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you want to get married/civil partnered. If the country is within the United Kingdom contact a Register Office within that county for advice.
If either of you is under 18 you will need the consent of your parents or guardian. You can obtain a form for this purpose from the Register Office. Please telephone the Register Office for further information.
Unless you are a British citizen, an EEA national, an EEA family member or you have in your passport a certificate of entitlement giving you the right of abode in the UK, you will be subject to immigration control.
You and the person you wish to marry/civil partner must both have been resident in a district in England or Wales for at least seven consecutive days and nights. You will both need to give notice to a designated register office. Bristol Register Office is one of the 76 designated register offices within England and Wales.
If one or both of you are subject to immigration control and have all the required documents we can take notice from you and the person you wish to marry/civil partner, even if you do not live within the Bristol area.
For further information please contact the Bristol Register Office.
(When one partner is terminally ill)
The Registrar General may issue a licence for a marriage or civil partnership to take place quickly where one party is terminally ill and is not expected to recover. If the marriage is to be according to the rites of the Church of England you must contact a clergyman of the Church of England. For a civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony, or a marriage ceremony according to any other denomination or religion please contact the Superintendent Registrar of the district where the marriage is to take place.
Weddings, civil partnerships and other ceremonies
For information on ceremonies at The Old Council House please contact Bristol Register Office or to make an appointment to view the rooms for a wedding, civil partnership, naming ceremony or renewal of vows ceremony. Viewing times are generally Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 to 9.30am.
The Bristol Register Office The Old Council House Corn Street Bristol, BS1 1JG Opening Hours
Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership are by appointment only.
Please call the appointment line on 0117 922 2800 and select option 3.
Entrance on Broad Street.
- 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. By appointment only
- 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, evening appointments from 5pm to 7pm.
- Saturday mornings by appointment only.
The call centre is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. On Wednesday the line is open between 10am and 4pm.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work: General: 0117 922 2800. Naming Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows: 0117 922 2800.
- Fax: 0117 903 8877