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Notice of Marriage appointment

CORONAVIRUS - if you're adhering to the latest Government guidelines and self-isolating you must not attend the office.

To ensure we're compliant with the latest Govt. guidelines we can only admit the minimum number of people required to complete the process. Additional people and/or children should not attend the office.

From 8th August the Government extended the policy on the wearing of face coverings in England, it is now mandatory for all visitors to wear a face covering while in a public library (unless you are medically excempt). 

Further advice will be released as soon as it's available.

A notice is a legal statement that must be given individually by each of you prior to your ceremony.

Notices are venue specific, valid for 12 months and must be given in the registration district where you live.


 Important - For Marriages After 1st April 2021 :

With the creation of 2 new Unitary Authorities from 1st April 2021 the Registration Service will become 2 separate districts from this date.

To comply with current legislation a Notice of Marriage must be given before the ceremony can take place in the district where you reside. When booking a Notice of Marriage appointment please ensure that you select the correct office as follows: -

• Northampton, Daventry & Towcester will be in West Northamptonshire
• Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby will be in North Northamptonshire

If you are in any doubt please contact, or telephone 0300 126 1000, before booking your appointment.


By continuing and making an appointment for a notice of marriage you are confirming that:

  • you have read all the guidance on our website
  • both parties have all the required documentation and can meet the residency requirements
  • you have already made a ceremony booking with the relevant registration office, minister or venue
  • you agree to our terms and conditions

Please note:- non-UK and non-EEA citizens must contact the service via email to book a notice appointment 

Please note - you need to demonstrate a clear link between all of the names on the documents you provide. For example, a marriage certificate or change of name deed if you have returned to your maiden name

For further information regarding a notice of marriage (including a comprehensive list of all the documentation you must provide) please visit our website.

We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment is due to start to confirm your attendance.

Please refrain from bringing food and/or drink to your appointment

The Registration Service is unable to refund any pre-paid fees if you: -

  • fail to attend your appointment and haven't contacted us in advance
  • arrive more than 10 minutes late for your appointment
  • cannot provide all of the documentation required
  • do not meet the residency requirements
  • are refused access to the building because additional people and/or children attend the office

If we cannot complete the notice of marriage appointment, for any of the reasons detailed above, you will need to make another appointment and additional charges will be incurred.

Demand for appointments can be high so we advise you book your notice appointment up to 12 months ahead.  Your ceremony cannot be confirmed until notice has been given and an authority issued after the notices have been displayed publicly for 28 or 70 clear days.

We provide pre-booked appointments only, we do not offer walk-in appointments at any of our offices

If your ceremony date is within the next 6 weeks please contact us before booking your notice appointment.

You will be required to pay the statutory notice fee when booking your appointment, please have your payment card ready before proceeding

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