Please note that Richmond upon Thames Register Office operates an appointment system for notices and you must book an appointment before attending.
It is a legal requirement that each party in a proposed marriage or civil partnership gives their notice prior to the ceremony / formation taking place. This requirement applies if you are being married in a civil ceremony in a register office or licensed venue, or in a religious building of any denomination other than the Church of England.
If either of you is subject to immigration control, then both of you must give notice at a designated register office, which may not be in your district of residence.
Richmond upon Thames Register Office is not a designated office. Although you cannot give notice at Richmond Register Office if you are subject to immigration control, you can choose to have your ceremony at Richmond Register Office or any other licensed venue in the borough.
You are only required to give notice once and when you have both given notice at a designated register office, you do not need to make a further appointment in Richmond regardless of being a resident here.
A list of designated register offices can be found on the marriage and civil partnerships section of the GOV.UK website.
Please note that if you have an 'Indefinite leave to remain' stamp in your passport, you are still subject to immigration control and will need to give notice at a designated register office.
From 2 March 2015, if one or both of your is a non EEA national without appropriate immigration status or relevant visa, then you will automatically be referred to the Home Office and the statutory waiting period will be increased to 72 days to allow investigations to be made.
Before either of you can give notice, it is a legal requirement that you must each have lived in a registration district in England or Wales for at least seven full days (eight nights), immediately before giving notice.
For example, if you move into a house or arrive in the country on Tuesday 1 September, the seven day period starts the following day, Wednesday 2 September, and is complete on Tuesday 8 September. You can then give notice on Wednesday 9 September.
If you are giving notice for a marriage / civil partnership which is to take place abroad, for some types of notice the legal residency period is three weeks. Further information on the documents that may be required by the authorities in the country where you wish to marry is available on GOV.UK.
If you are being married in a Church of England or Church of Wales church, you will need to speak to the Vicar of the Church. The Vicar will advise you about what you need to do. There is usually no need to involve your local register office as Banns are usually called, however, after 2 March 2015 you will be required to give notice in a register office if one or both of you is a non EEA national without appropriate immigration status or relevant visa. Please see the Church of England Wedding website for more information.
If you are being married in any other religious building or church other than the Church of England, you will have to give notice at a Register Office.
Please note that all documents must be originals – photocopies will not be acceptable, and if any documents are in a foreign language you must provide a translated copy. Notice cannot be taken if you cannot produce your documents.
If you are being married or entering into a civil partnership in a venue/church outside London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, you must produce either:
This is so that we can ensure the correct details for the place of marriage / civil partnership are entered onto the notice, in order to ensure that your ceremony can proceed as planned.
If the details that are shown for your venue are not correct, you would need to give fresh notices, and pay the statutory fees again. Therefore, we will not take your notice unless you are able to produce written confirmation of your booking.