Register a marriage

Find out how to register a marriage.

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Service information

Use this service to register a marriage.

Before you start

You must give at least 29 days' notice for a marriage.

The earliest you can submit the form is 3 months before your wedding ceremony.

You need to fill in a MN10 form and make an appointment with a registrar to submit it.

Download a MN10 application form (PDF) [100KB] (opens new window) .

Who can register a marriage?

Both partners must:

  • be at least 16 years old when you register the marriage
  • be not related to each other in a way which prevents a marriage
  • be unmarried and not in a civil partnership
  • provide documents to prove any previous marriage or civil partnership has ended legally
  • understand the nature of a marriage ceremony and is able to consent to marriage

How to register

Contact the Registrars team.

What happens next

You'll be given an appointment in which you need to bring along original documents. A list of the documents you'll need to bring is below.

If any documents are not in English, you must provide a certified translation. We don't accept copies. 

For each partner

  • Completed MN10 forms
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Proof of home address

You also need to give names and addresses of 2 witnesses who are at least 16 years old.

If you've been married before

You also need to bring these documents:

  • Legal documents to prove any previous marriage or civil partnership has ended. For example, Decree absolute
  • Death certificate if your previous spouse or partner has died

Immigration control

If you're subject to immigration control and not a member of the European Economic Area, you'll be asked for extra documents. We'll let you know this when you contact us.

Last modified on 15 March 2023