Legal preliminaries to getting married or forming a civil partnership in England and Wales
Before you can get married or form a civil partnership, you must each give formal notice of marriage or civil partnership. This must be in person at a Registration Office in the district where you live.
There are two types of notice of marriage or civil partnership appointments available. Further information on the documents you need is available below:
- Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership for a Relevant National (where both parties are British, Irish or an EU citizen with settled or pre-settled status
- Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership for a Foreign National (where one or both parties are subject to immigration control)
You are required to have lived in the district for at least 7 full consecutive days and nights immediately before giving notice. Cornwall is one registration district so you may give notice at any of our Registration Offices.
Appointments are face-to-face. Most of our offices are open (except Falmouth and Launceston). For details and opening hours of our offices, please visit our Registration Offices page.
To book an appointment please contact us on 0300 1234 181. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Or you can complete our online form to request an appointment.
Please note that we are experiencing high demand for appointments following the national suspension of services and other COVID-19 restrictions. There may be several weeks delay before an appointment is available.
Please note that customers are requested to wear a face covering when attending an appointment (unless exempted).
When attending the registration office please wear a face-covering unless you are exempt.
Please do not attend the registration office if
- you or someone in your household is showing any symptoms of Covid-19
- your travel is restricted or you are required to self-isolate or quarantine
If you are unable to attend your appointment please contact us on 0300 1234 181 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The waiting period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is currently 28 clear days*. The schedule for marriage will be issued on the 29th day after giving notice and is valid for twelve months from the date of your appointment. This schedule will usually be kept by the Registration Office local to where you intend to marry, prior to the ceremony.
*Non relevant nationals
For couples where one or both parties are not relevant nationals and subject to immigration control, your application to marry will be referred to the Home Office and they may extend the notice period to 70 days. Additional fees may apply at the point where the registration officer takes your legal notice.
There are different rules if you want to get married or form a civil partnership in:
More detailed information can be found on the GOV.uk website: