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 / civil partnership in person at a Registration Office in the district where you live.
There are 2 types of notice of marriage / civil partnership appointments available, further information on the documents needed is available within the links below:
- Notice of Marriage / 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 / 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 with 12 *Registration Offices and you can give notice at any one of these 12 offices if your normal residence is in Cornwall.
* Please note due to current restrictions we are only able to offer appointments at the following offices, currently:
Our Registration Offices at Falmouth, Launceston and Saltash remain closed.
Please note that customers are requested to wear a face covering when attending an appointment (unless exempted).
The waiting period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is currently twenty eight clear days*. The schedule for marriage will be issued on the twenty ninth 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: