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Getting married or forming a civil partnership abroad

If you are choosing to marry or register a civil partnership abroad contact the country’s embassy in the UK, which will tell you which documents you need. Many countries ask for a 'certificate of no impediment' issued by your local register office showing that you are free to marry or register a civil partnership. For some counties it is not possible to issue this certificate and they may require alternate evidence such as an affidavit.

If you are living abroad you will need to contact the British Embassy or Consulate located in the country where you reside.

If you want to get married abroad, you cannot register an overseas marriage or civil partnership in the UK, but it will usually be recognised if it is valid in the other country.

Are you both British?

If you are both British citizens, in order to obtain a certificate of no impediment you must have lived in a registration district within England or Wales for the previous 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 them 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 must be British Subject
  • You must have resided in the Dudley Borough for 7 clear days immediately before giving notice

The statutory notice fee will be payable but there is no charge for the certificate of no impediment. The notice fee is non-refundable once notice has been given.

You will need to know the location of where the ceremony will take place to be able to give notice.

British citizen marrying a foreign national

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 must be British Subject
  • You must have resided in the Dudley Borough for three weeks immediately before giving notice

The statutory notice fee will be payable but there is no charge for the certificate of no impediment. The notice fee is non-refundable once notice has been given.

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.

Giving notice

To give notice you will need to sign a statement and produce documents to your local superintendent registrar; if you are a Dudley borough resident please book an appointment online once you have confirmed with the country’s Embassy in the UK which documents you need to produce to them. If you live elsewhere you will need to contact your local register office.

You will be required to produce certain documents to give notice, please read the full details on our website to ensure that you bring the correct documents to your appointment. If you do not produce the correct documents your notice cannot be taken and a fresh appointment will need to be booked which could affect the date of your marriage.

Legalise documents for abroad

Information and guidance on how to legalise documents is available on the Gov.UK website.

Book a notice appointment

Please check carefully that you have all the required documents then book an appointment to give notice online.