Giving notice - Checklist of documents

You will need to provide evidence of your name, age, nationality, marital status and address. If the correct documents, as listed below, are not available at your appointment we are unable to take your notice - you will need to make another appointment and pay the fee again.

You and your partner must provide one document from each of the following sections: 

Only original documents are accepted, we cannot accept photocopies. However, where proof of address is required, a printed copy of an electronic bill or bank statement is acceptable.

Some documents such as valid passports can be provided as evidence in multiple sections.

If you cannot provide any of the below documents please contact the ceremonies team for advice.

Name and date of birth
Valid passport - UK or EEA countries
Valid European Economic Area (EEA) ID card 
Valid Home Office travel document or biometric residence permit
British birth certificate - Your full birth certificate must be provided and you must also provide another document confirming your current name, e.g. most recent bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill.
If you have changed your name from birth - You may need to provide evidence of the name change. For example, a change of name deed or marriage certificate.
Nationality
Valid Passport – UK or EEA Countries
Valid European Economic Area (EEA) ID card 
Valid Home Office travel document or biometric residence permit
British birth certificate - If you were born before 1st January 1983 your full birth certificate must be provided
British birth certificate - If you were born after 1st January 1983 your full birth certificate must be provided and you must also produce a birth certificate of one of your parents born in the UK.

If your parents were married at the time of birth or your birth has been re-registered after marriage then either of your parent's birth certificate's can be produced. Otherwise, only the mother's birth certificate can be provided or evidence of your parent’s British citizenship or settled status (issued before your birth).
Address
Valid UK photo card or paper driving licence (full or provisional) Showing your current address
Utility bill Gas, electric, water, broadband, cable or landline bill - dated no more than three months before the date of the appointment. We accept printed copies of electronic bills.
Bank or building society statement Dated no more than one month before the date of the appointment. We accept printed copies of bank statements.
Council Tax or Mortgage statement Dated no more than one year before the date of the appointment. We accept printed copies of electronic bills.
Only applicable if you recently entered the UK - Letter from the owner or proprietor of the address which is the person’s place of residence. You must bring a letter from the owner or proprietor of where you’re staying, and can only give notice after staying in the property for 9 days. The letter must confirm that you have resided at the address for the last seven days immediately prior to the date on which the notice is given and be signed and dated by the owner/proprietor, stating their name, applicants name and full address.

You must also provide proof of entry into the country.
Proof of marital status (if you have been previously married or formed a civil partnership)
Divorced in the UK An original court stamped copy of your decree absolute/Civil Partnership Dissolution. If you have reverted back to your maiden name you must provide your marriage certificate.
Divorced anywhere else If your divorce was not granted in a UK court, you will be required to pay a fee at the time of your appointment for consideration of the validity of the documentation. The fee does not guarantee that the document will be approved. Some divorces / dissolutions can be approved at your notice appointment for a fee of £50. However, in a lot of cases the documentation will need to be considered by the General Register Office for a fee of £75.

We are unable to determine which fee will be payable until you provide the documentation at your appointment. You must also provide a translation of the document (if applicable) at the time of giving notice.
Former spouse/partner died Provide their death certificate. If you are not named as spouse on the death certificate, you will also need to produce your marriage certificate. You must also provide a translation of the documents (if applicable) at the time of giving notice.
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