Give notice to marry or form a civil partnership

Giving notice to marry abroad

A notice of intent to marry may need to be given when a couple is getting married abroad. In all cases the party should first contact the foreign authorities for the country in which they intend to be married. If after seeking advice, the foreign authority has requested that a certificate of no impediment is required, the party needs to contact the Register Office.

The register office will need to obtain information from the party to establish if there is a provision under English law for the notice to be taken. The usual restrictions, residential qualifications and required documents will apply. A notice of intent to marry abroad can only be taken for a British National or a British Subject.

There is no expiry date on a certificate of no impediment. Therefore it is very important that the couple check with the relevant foreign authority on how long it is valid for.

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