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Giving notice

​​​​​You legally have to give notice if you intend to have a civil or religious marriage or form a civil partnership in England or Wales. 

However, If you plan to marry in a Church of England church, you won't usually need a give notice of marriage as the vicar will normally complete similar documentation (usually called Banns). If the vicar is unable to do this then you'll be advised to give notice at your local register office. 

Where to give notice

Once you've decided where you intend to marry or form a civil partnership, you must BOTH attend your local register office to give notice. Please ensure you ring the register office to book an appointment before attending - you can attend separately.

If giving your notice in Rochdale the register office is at:

Town Hall
Vicars Gate
Rochdale OL16 1AB

If you don't both reside in the same registration districts then you must give notice in both districts.  Before you can give notice to marry or form a civil partnership you must have been a resident in your registration district for at least the past 7 days.

If one or both of you are foreign nationals and subject to immigration controls, you need to contact a designated register office to give notice of your intention to marry.  Find a designated register office

If you've married each other abroad and are unsure of the validity of your marriage please contact the register office for advice.   

How much notice you need to give

You're required to give at least 28 clear days notice before your ceremony can take place. Your notice will be displayed in your Register Office for 28 days to enable anyone to make a legal objection. Each notice is valid for 12 months.

How much it costs

You'll need to each pay a fee for your notice when you attend your appointment at the Register Office.

Marriage and civil partnership fees

How to give notice

Once you've made the choice on where you intend to marry, you must BOTH attend your local Register Office to enter your own personal notice of your intention marry. Please ensure that you ring the Register Office to book an appointment before attending - you can attend separately.

If you don't both reside in the same registration districts then you must give notice in both districts.  Before you can give notice to marry you must have been a resident in your registration district for a minimum of 7 clear days.

If one or both of you are foreign nationals and subject to immigration controls, you need to contact a designated register office to give notice of your intention to marry.  Find a designated register office

If you've married each other abroad and are unsure of the validity of your marriage please contact the Register Office for advice.   

You'll  need to allow at least 28 clear days from the date of each notice before you can marry. Your notice of marriage will be displayed in your Register Office for 28 clear days from the date it's given to enable anyone to make a legal objection. Each notice of marriage is valid for 12 months.

You'll need to each pay a fee of £35 for your notice of marriage when you attend your appointment at the Register Office. If you need to provide documentation for a divorce abroad there is an extra fee of £50. If you need to provide documentation for a divorce abroad there is an extra fee of £50. If there's uncertainty whether the divorce is valid the documents will be referred to the Register General and the fee will increase to £75.

If giving your notice in Rochdale the Register Office is at Town Hall, Vicars Gate, Rochdale OL16 1AB where you can pay your fee by cash, cheque, credit/debit card.

Documents you'll need to produce when giving notice

  • Passport or full birth certificate - this provides evidence of your age, nationality and identity.  If you don't have a passport and were born after 1 January 1983 and your parents were married, you must also produce a full birth certificate or passport of one of your parents shown on your birth certificate. If your parents were not married to each other, you must produce your mother's full birth certificate or passport. 
  • Evidence of change of name - for example name deed. 
  • Proof of address - for example driving licence, council tax bill, utility bill or bank statement dated within the last 3 months.
  • Evidence you're free to remarry - if either of you has been previously married you must produce the documentation which proves you are free to re-marry.
    • Divorced - a court certified copy of your Decree Absolute.
    • Widowed - copy of the relating death certificate. 
    • Divorce or death abroad - original documentation and a translation. There is an additional fee for divorce abroad documentation. Find out more about Marriage and civil partnership fees.
    • Parental consent - if either of you is under 18 years, you'll need parental consent before you can marry. Contact the Register Office for advice.

Provisionally book your ceremony

If you wish to have your civil ceremony in the Roche Suite or at a licensed venue within the borough, you can make a provisional booking with us to secure a date and time for your ceremony. Provisional bookings can be made up to 2 years in advance of the ceremony and are subject to a fee of £27 which is a one off fee and non-refundable.

Ring 01706 924784 to provisionally book your ceremony

Contact

01706 924784

Fax: 0844 963 2314

Rochdale Register Office
Town Hall
Vicars Gate
Rochdale OL16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4.15pm
(On the last Tuesday of each month, the office opens at 10.30am)
Saturday/Sunday: ceremonies only

Birth registration, death registration and giving notice of marriage - by prior appointment only