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

Give notice of your marriage or civil partnership

Due to COVID-19, we have had to change the way in which we work in accordance with government guidelines to protect the health and well-being of everyone, customers, staff and visitors alike.

We are experiencing high volumes of requests for appointments and will contact you as soon as we are able to.

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. Social distancing is observed and you must wear a face covering when visiting our offices, in line with government requirements. If you're not able to wear a face covering, please contact us. 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:

  • Proof of your name, age, address and nationality
  • An interpreter who can speak and read both English and your language fluently if either of you can’t understand of speak English (you can’t interpret for each other). They must be a member of your household or belong to your social bubble.

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.

Couples planning to marry abroad should visit the "getting married abroad" pages on the government's website. This is a useful tool to help couples identify what they need to get married in each country.