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Give notice of your marriage or civil partnership | Birmingham City Council

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Give notice of your marriage or civil partnership

Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March 2020 regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Birmingham Register Office and all Register Offices have had to change the way we work. To protect the health and well-being of everyone (customers, staff and visitors alike) we are currently working differently in accordance with government guidelines.

We are currently contacting all customers who had appointments booked during the lockdown period to re-arrange those appointments. Please be patient, we will contact you in due course.

If you need to book a new appointment, please fill out the pre-registration contact form and as soon as we are able we will contact you to book an appointment.

We are currently only seeing customers who have an appointment booked. Please do not attend without an appointment, you will not be permitted entry to the building. Only customers (and interpreter(s) as required) are permitted to attend appointments.

On arrival for your appointment, you will be required to queue outside the building. Please take necessary precautions in case of adverse weather conditions. We are currently operating strict two metre social distancing. You must wear a face covering when vising our offices, in line with government requirements. If you're not able to wear a face covering, please contact us. You will be refused entry to the building unless your face is covered. You will be required to sanitise your hands upon admittance to the building.

These procedures are subject to change. Please check the website regularly for updates.

A Notice of Marriage or Notice of Civil Partnership is a legal document showing:

  1. the two people getting married or registering a civil partnership
  2. the venue where the ceremony will take place.

If you live in Birmingham you must book an appointment (using the contact details on this page) to give notice at Birmingham Register Office. If you don’t live in Birmingham, but wish to get married or register a civil partnership in Birmingham, you must give notice to the local authority for the area you live in instead.

We recommend you book your notice appointment at 6 to 12 months before your ceremony. Legally you must give notice between 29 days and one year before your ceremony.

It costs £41 per person to book an appointment to give notice at Birmingham Register Office. We'll take your payment over the phone (by debit or credit card) when you book your appointment.

When you give notice you’ll need:

Once you’ve given notice, it will be displayed in the Register Office for 28 days. After this time, if there are no objections, you’ll be given a document called a 'marriage authority/schedule'.

In the event that anyone arriving to give notice of marriage or civil partnership books in more than 10 minutes late, it may not be possible for the appointment to take place and your appointment may be rearranged. The rearranged appointment may not be on the same day.