Civil Marriage
Getting married

Congratulations on deciding to get married! Within these pages, you will find the information you need to plan your wedding with regard to the area, the venues available.

In Redcar & Cleveland we recognise that your wedding day is very special to you and whether you wish to have a small quiet ceremony or a large elaborate celebration we are here to help you to achieve the ceremony you desire.

If you choose a civil marriage, the most important decision is where you would like to marry. You may marry at any Register Office or venue approved for civil marriage. Your local Superintendent Registrar will have an up to date list of venues available or you can obtain a full hardcopy list of venues in England and Wales from the General Register Office.


What are the legal preliminaries to getting married?

The following sections explain the procedure for registering a marriage or civil partnership. If there is anything that you're not sure about please feel free to call the Register Office on 01642 444440.

The legal paperwork
You are free to get married or form a civil partnership at any venue within England or Wales which is licensed for civil ceremonies, regardless of where you live. You can also have a civil partnership ceremony in a religious building, provided it has been licensed for this purpose. However, before you are able to get married or form your civil partnership, both of you must give notice of marriage or civil partnership in the Registration District where you live.

Giving notice of marriage/civil partnership
If you wish to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you must each give formal 'Notice' to a Superintendent Registrar at least 29 days before the date of your ceremony. The notices will be displayed on the public notice boards of the register offices where they were given, for at least 28 clear days. There is a statutory fee to be paid for this service.

The Authorities for marriage or Civil Partnership schedule will normally be issued on the 29th day (except in certain circumstances if you are a non-EU citizen) and will be printed by the Registration District where the marriage or civil partnership is to take place.

A notice is a legal document covered by the Perjury Act 1911. Both of you must give notice in person. A relative or friend cannot do this on your behalf nor can you give notice by telephone, fax or email. A notice is usually valid for 12 months, but only for the place of marriage given at the time of notice.

If both you and your partner are EU citizens then you will each need to give notice to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which you reside. The minimum period of residence, required in the registration district, for giving notice is seven clear days.

If one or both of you are non-EU citizens subject to immigration controls then you will each need to give notice to the Superintendent Registrar of a designated register office. Please see the section below 'Information for non-EU citizens' for further details.

Residents of Redcar and Cleveland
If you are both EU citizens and both resident within Redcar and Cleveland District, you will both need to give your Notices to a Superintendent Registrar at this office and this must be done at least 29 days before the date of your ceremony.
If only one of you is resident within Redcar and Cleveland, the other party will need to give their Notice to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which they reside (or have resided for the preceding seven days).
If one or both of you are non-EU citizens subject to Immigration controls then you will each need to give 'Notice of Marriage' to the Superintendent Registrar of a designated register office. You will need to refer to 'Information for non-EU citizens' for further information on getting married.

An appointment system is in operation at this office for Notices. We recommend that you telephone to make your appointment as soon as possible on 01642 444440

Residents of other registration districts
If you wish to get married or form a civil partnership here in Redcar and Cleveland then you are free to do so, no matter where you live.

If you are both EU citizens, then you will need to give your notices to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which you reside (or have resided for the preceding seven days) and this must be done at least 29 days before the date of your ceremony. The Notices will be displayed on the public Notice Boards of the register offices where the Notices were given for 28 clear days. The Authorities for marriage or Civil Partnership schedule will normally be issued on the 29th day (except in certain circumstances if you are a non-EU citizen) and will be printed by the Registration District where the marriage or civil partnership is to take place.

If one or both of you are non-EU citizens subject to immigration controls then you will each need to give 'Notice' to the Superintendent Registrar of a designated register office. You will need to refer to the Information for non-EU citizens section for further details.

Information for non-EU citizens
If either you or your partner are non-EU citizens subject to immigration controls, you must attend together to give notice of marriage or civil partnership at one of 76 designated register offices in England or Wales. Middlesbrough is a designated register office. Please contact the office to arrange an appointment on 01642 729004. It is advisable to arrange to give notice of marriage before booking a date for your ceremony.

Registration officers have a statutory duty to report any marriage or civil partnership they suspect has been arranged for the sole purpose of evading immigration controls.

All non-EU citizens subject to immigration controls are referred to the Home Office once notice has been given (the Referral Scheme) and the Home office will determine whether they intend to investigate further before an authority to marry or a civil partnership schedule is issued after 28 clear days. If this is the case then the authority or schedule will not be issued until after 70 clear days.

If you are residing abroad
If one or both of you are not resident in this country (whether you are both EU citizens or if one or both of you are non-EU citizens) and you wish to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales, then you will have to establish a residency of seven clear days within a district in England or Wales. The day of your arrival in England or Wales does not count as part of your residency. The first day of your residency begins at 00:00 hours on the day after your arrival and you have to stay within one single registration district for the next seven days. On the ninth day after your arrival you will then be free to give Notice at a designated register office (for example, if you arrive on a Monday then you will be free to give notice on the Tuesday of the following week). You should both attend that register office, taking with you any relevant documents.

The Superintendent Registrar will interview you both and will verify your documents. The Notices will be displayed on the public Notice Boards of the register offices where the Notices were given for 28 clear days and only then can the 'Authorities/Schedule' be issued. (You do not have to remain in this country for the 28 days and may return and use the 'Authorities/Schedule' to get married or form a civil partnership up to a year after giving Notice) . If you are unsure of any of the above information please speak with a member of the Register Office Team on 01642 444440 who will be able to assist you further.

In addition to the above, you will need to refer to the Information for non-EU citizens for further details.

Information that needs to be provided to the Superintendent Registrar
In all cases each person giving notice must provide evidence of their:
  • name and surname,
  • date of birth
  • condition (marital status)
  • place of residence, and
  • nationality.
There may be a requirement to provide a passport style photograph. The registrar will advise if this is required.

Name and surname
  • passport
  • UK birth certificate
  • change of name deed poll
Date of birth
  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • identity card
  • medical card
Condition (if you have been married before)
  • relevant divorce documents (decree absolute)
  • death certificate of spouse or civil partner
Place of residence
  • Utility bill dated within 3 months
  • Bank statement dates within 1 month
  • Council tax bill dated within 1 year
  • Mortgage statement dated within 1 year
  • Current tenancy agreement
  • Valid UK driving licence
  • Letter from owner or proprietor
Nationality
  • valid passport
  • national ID card
  • valid biometric immigration document
  • valid travel document
If either of you is under 18 the Superintendent Registrar will need proof that your parents or legal guardian consent to the marriage or civil partnership. If your parents are divorced you will also need to produce the Court Order which gives custody to one or other parent. You will also need to produce a full copy of your birth certificate. You cannot marry or form a civil partnership if you are under the age of 16.

If either you or your partner are non-EU Citizens, then in addition to the above documents, you will need to refer to the section Information for non-EU citizens for further details.

The ceremony

The marriage law now allows you more choice of the style of your marriage ceremony. You may wish to have a small intimate ceremony carried out as quickly and as quietly as possible, or perhaps you are planning ahead for a larger celebration to include your families and friends. Whatever your arrangements and choice, our staff are committed to providing a very high standard of service tailored to meet your needs.Facebook icon

We will guide you through the legal formalities and will be on hand to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible, leaving you with memories to treasure.
You may wish to play music before, during and after the marriage ceremony. If you are marrying at one of our approved venues you may even wish to have live music. You would need to arrange your music choice with the venue. Religious music is not permitted. The register office staff will be available to discuss your specific requirements and choices.

You will need to ask two people, who may be friends or relatives, to act as credible witnesses to your marriage. They should be preferably over the age of 18 years and able to understand the ceremony. The bridesmaid and best man could fulfil these roles, or you may choose from other guests.

Fees

As well as the fee for the notice, a fee is payable for each certificate of marriage and for the attendance of the registrars on the day of your marriage. Current fees are available from the register office. Fees for marriages in the register office are normally paid on the day. Fees for marriages in an approved venue are normally paid a month before the ceremony. A provisional booking fee of £27.00 is taken when booking any ceremony.

What are the legal preliminaries to getting married?
Different rules apply to foreign (i.e. non EU) nationals who are subject to immigration restrictions and who wish to marry in England and Wales. You should seek the advice of the Register Office if this applies to you.

If you intend to get married abroad, you must check with the authorities of the country or the British Consul in which you are doing this as to what legal preliminaries are required for marriage. Some countries require you to give notice in England or Wales.

Converting a civil partnership into marriage - Your Questions Answered

Will I need to go through a marriage ceremony?
The conversion process will not be a marriage ceremony. It is changing an existing legal relationship rather than forming a new one.

You will need to attend in person at any local authority register office for an appointment with a superintendent registrar in their office.

  • You will be required to provide evidence of your identity and your original civil partnership registration.
  • You will be required to sign a declaration to confirm that you have not dissolved your civil partnership, and that you both wish to convert the civil partnership into a marriage.
  • The conversion will be registered and a certificate issued.
  • Following the signing of the declaration, if you wish to, you will be able to have a non-statutory ceremony/celebration in a location of your choice. Please contact the Register Office for further information on the current fees and approved premise venues.

How much will it cost to convert?
The following fees will apply for the conversion process:
  • No fee is payable if you registered your civil partnership before you had the opportunity to marry prior to 29th March 2014. This will apply from 10 December 2014 to 9 December 2015.
  • If you registered your civil partnership after 29 March 2014, or register one in the future and subsequently want to convert to a marriage, the full fee of £45.00* will be required (and ceremony fee if requested).
  • From 10 December 2015, all same sex couples will be required to pay the full fee for the conversion (and ceremony fee if requested), including those who registered civil partnerships before 29 March 2014.

*The full fee for the conversion at a register office is £45. Please note the fee of £45 only applies to the register office conversion. Separate fees will apply to conversions in exceptional circumstances.

For further information or if you wish to book a date please contact the Register Office on 01642 444440.



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