Before you can marry or form a civil partnership anywhere in England or Wales, either by civil or religious ceremony, you must first give due notice of your intention.
Documents you will need
By law, we will need to see various documents to enable a notice of intention to be given, please note photocopies are not acceptable. We cannot take information from a mobile device. If you are holding your ceremony at a venue outside the Dudley borough or at a religious building and have a provisional booking letter, it is helpful to bring this along to your appointment as well as the documents listed below.
We will need to see your:
- birth certificate and
- passport and
- proof of address
Depending on your circumstances you may also need to bring with you:
- decree absolute
- spouse's death certificate
- any change of name documents
Important - If you do not bring the correct documents to your appointment the notice cannot be taken. See below for full details;
What happens next
After you have given notice at your local register office, the notice will be displayed on their public notice board for the statutory waiting period of 28 days.
If no legal objections are raised during this period, and both notices have been given, the superintendent's certificate for marriage will be issued.
These documents (there will be two, one for each party) must be taken to the registrar or other person who is registering your marriage.
If you are marrying at a register office or on approved premises this will happen electronically between registration offices; you are not required to do anything.
If you are marrying in a church or other religious venue, the authorised person at the building will need these documents. For religious buildings within the Dudley Borough we will send these documents to the authorised person on your behalf regardless of which office you attended to give your notice, you will not need to do anything.
If you are marrying at a church or other religious building in another registration district (IE. not within the Dudley Borough) you will need to make arrangements with the register office for that district with regards to getting the certificates to the authorised person as these documents are printed locally.
Different offices operate different procedures. If you are forming a civil partnership a schedule document will be issued by the civil partnership registrar who is registering your partnership.
If you are celebrating your marriage or civil partnership at Priory Hall, Thomas Robinson Building or in a Dudley borough approved premise you will receive a confirmation letter and an information pack once both notices have been given.
This will guide you through the choices you have to make with regard to your ceremony and will tell you what will happen on the day. Any outstanding fees are due not later than three months before the date of your ceremony.
Telephone 01384 815373.
Please note our lines are quieter in the afternoons.