If you are a British citizen and you are marrying a foreign national, in order to obtain a certificate of no impediment you must have lived in a registration district within England or Wales for 7 clear days or more when giving notice at your local register office. The certificate will be issued after the expiration of 28 clear days from the day after giving notice to this office. The certificate is issued without an expiry date but the country to which you will produce it will set their own validity period. You should confirm what this is with the authorities for the country where you wish to marry before giving notice so that notice is given within the required timescale.
The certificate is only issued for what it is worth to the foreign authorities and will not be the only documentation you will need to produce (you will need to find out from embassy what other requirements need to be met to marry or form a civil partnership in another country)
- You both need to be over the age of 18, or have parental consent (16 and 17 year olds)
- You both need to be legally free to marry or form a civil partnership
- You must not be related
- You need to be British Subject
- You must have resided in the Dudley Borough for three weeks before giving notice
The statutory notice fee will be payable but there is no charge for the certificate of no impediment.
You will also need to produce documentation at the time of giving notice
You will need to know the location of where the ceremony will take place, the full names of your husband/wife to be and their full address and occupation.