Residency

(As at July 2016)

If you wish to marry in an approved civil venue within Cumbria you are required to obtain a Superintendent Registrars Certificate. 

This is the legal paperwork which shows that you have proven that you are who you say you are, that you are legally free to be married to each other, and that all conditions of marriage have been satisfied. 

It is a legal document and is normally issued 29 days after an interview with a Registration Officer.  The information you provide must be displayed for this period in the Register Office as the public have the right to raise any legitimate objections to the marriage.

Whilst a notice of marriage must be given at least twenty eight clear days before the intended date of marriage this does not include the day of giving notice and therefore it is actually on the 29th day that any documents are produced or the next business day if this falls on a weekend.  Giving notice to marry involves an interview at the register office and this should be booked as early as possible to ensure availability in the diary.

A notice of marriage is valid for up to twelve months from the day it is taken out.    

By law in England and Wales you must qualify to marry. In general this is by becoming resident in England or Wales.  Parties from Scotland for instance have to fulfil residency requirements to qualify. 

BEFORE YOU GIVE NOTICE PLEASE CHECK WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES APPLY TO YOU:

You both live within England or Wales

If both of you live within England or Wales, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district in which you live to give notice that you intend to marry.  If you both live in Cumbria this appointment should be attended together.  If one or both parties are outside Cumbria we recommend doing this around the same time so one authority does not expire sooner.

One of you lives within England or Wales and one party in Scotland

If one party is normally resident in Scotland, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  The party in England or Wales would make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district in which you live to give notice that you intend to marry.  It is important that the party in Scotland makes an appointment to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment around the same time.  Once the certificate of no impediment is produced in Scotland it is your responsibility to ensure this is passed to Cumbria Registration Service in advance of your ceremony. 

If both parties live in Scotland

As noted above, by law in England and Wales you must qualify to marry. In general this is by becoming resident in England or Wales.  Parties from Scotland have to fulfil residency requirements to qualify.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as noted below or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the registration district

Either party resident outside Scotland, England or Wales

In this instance it may be that further regulations apply as well as simple residency requirements.  In this instance you should contact our office for advice.  If however we are able to take a booking for your ceremony and you are advised residency is required, this is explained below.

In all cases where Residency is required

The first and last day do not count and therefore it is in effect 8 nights and you can give notice on the 9th consecutive day.  Whilst you can leave the district during the day the nights must be spent in the district.  You can give notice of intent after the 9th day provided you haven't broken the residency.  So you may decide to spend 14 nights but as long as it is a minimum of 8 nights and that the residency however long is unbroken they are then deemed resident. If the last day of your residency falls on a day when the Register Office is closed you must stay at the address until paperwork is completed.

In the case of Scottish residents, if only one party is undertaking residency, the other person must give notice on the same day in Scotland.  The reason being if you give notice before the 9th day you can not say one party is resident and give their address as within the district, thereby losing the qualification to marry.  If you wait until after and the residency has been broken the person is then no longer resident and no longer qualifies.  Both notices must be the same and one party must be resident in England or Wales.

The other consideration is that if a couple are normally resident in Scotland, for example, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as above, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in England or Wales.

It is your responsibility to confirm with the Registration Team that where you are staying qualifies you to marry, that your appointment is immediately after an unbroken residency period of at least 8 nights and that you bring the correct documents with you. 

Documents Required

In all cases:- 

  • If you are a foreign national subject to immigration control please contact our office for advice before booking any residency.

 

  • You will need documentation proving the place and duration of your residency along with appropriate documents listed below.

 

Evidence of Full Name, Date of Birth, and Nationality

 

Current passport OR 

If you were born in the United Kingdom before1st January 1983 - your full birth certificate

together with one of the following original documents -

  • A utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Bank/Building Society statement or passbook dated no more than 1 month before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Council Tax Bill dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A current residential tenancy agreement.
  • A valid driving licence.

 

If you were born in the United Kingdom after 1st January 1983 - your full birth certificate together with one of the following original documents - 

  • A utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Bank/Building Society statement or passbook dated no more than 1 month before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Council Tax Bill dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A current residential tenancy agreement.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • PLUS evidence of either one of your parents British citizenship or settled status in the UK at the time of your birth (their full birth certificate or passport).  NB - If your parents were married at that time and your mother was not British then we also need to see their marriage certificate. If your parents were not married to each other at the time of your birth, your nationality will be that of your mother.

 

Evidence of Ending of Previous Marriage/Civil Partnership (if applicable)

One of the following original documents:-

 

  • Court sealed certified copy of your Decree Absolute.  Please note that for documents in a foreign language a translation should also be provided which must be certified, signed, and dated by the translator. 
  • If a divorce/annulment/dissolution was granted outside of the British Isles then it will require consideration by the Local Registration Service or in some instances The General Register Office to establish if the ceremony can proceed.  This will incur a fee.  After consideration if the ceremony cannot proceed the fees for consideration of the divorce/annulment/dissolution as well as the fees for giving notice of intent for marriage are non-refundable.
  • The death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner
  • The presumed death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner

 

Evidence of Consent

If either of you is under the age of 18 years, you will need to produce a fully completed consent form (available from your local Register Office).

Additional Information

The Notice Fee for each person is non-refundable and this is payable on the day of your notice appointment. Your Certificates for Authority to Marry will be issued a minimum of 28 days after giving your notice (or if you are subject to Immigration Control between 28 and 70 days).

  If any documents are not in English, you will need to obtain a full written translation.

(as at July 2016)

If you wish to marry in the Church of England but you are not having banns read you will be required to obtain a Superintendent Registrars Certificate.  This is the legal paperwork which shows that you have proven that you are who you say you are, that you are legally free to be married to each other, and that all conditions of marriage have been satisfied.  It is a legal document and is issued 29 days after an interview with a Registration Officer.  The information you provide must be displayed for this period in the Register Office as the public have the right to raise any legitimate objections to the marriage.

Whilst a notice of marriage must be given at least twenty eight clear days before the intended date of marriage this does not include the day of giving notice and therefore it is actually on the 29th day that any documents are produced or the next business day if this falls on a weekend.  Giving notice to marry involves an interview at the register office and this should be booked as early as possible to ensure availability in the diary.

A notice of marriage can be valid for up to twelve months from the day it is taken out, but many vicars prefer you to do it a maximum of three months in advance of the marriage date.

Please check with your vicar, and ask them for a letter confirming that they are prepared to marry you, confirming they will accept paperwork that is valid for 12 months and that you have completed residency within the parish of the said church as explained below. You will need to produce this letter when you go to give notice.     

 

BEFORE YOU GIVE NOTICE PLEASE CHECK WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES APPLY TO YOU:

 1) If both of you live within the boundaries of the parish covered by the church in which you wish to marry, and you are not having banns read, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district )Cumbria) in which the parish is situated, to give notice that you intend to marry.

 2) If only one of you lives within the parish boundaries of the said church, and the other party resides outside the registration district (Cumbria) in which the parish is situated but still within England or Wales, and you are not having banns read, the party residing within the parish will give notice at the register office in which the parish is situated (any office in Cumbria), and the other will need to give notice at his or her own local register office.

3) If neither of you live within the parish, one or both of you will need to reside at an address within the parish boundaries for a period of seven clear days. The first and last day do not count and therefore it is in effect 8 nights and you can give notice on the 9th consecutive day.  Whilst you can leave the parish during the day the nights must be spent in the parish.  You can give notice of intent after the 9th day provided you haven't broken the residency.  So you may decide to spend 14 nights but as long as it is a minimum of 8 nights and that the residency however long is unbroken they are then deemed resident. If the last day of your residency falls on a day when the Register Office is closed you must stay at the address until you have had an appointment with a Registrar and had an interview to give notice of intent to marry.

 If only one party is undertaking residency, the other person must give notice on the same day in their home district anywhere in England or Wales (or Scotland - see note below).  The reason being if you give notice before the 9th day you can not say one party is resident and give their address as within the parish, thereby losing the qualification to marry.  If you wait until after and the residency has been broken the person is then no longer resident and no longer qualifies.  Both notices must be the same and one party must be resident in the parish of the church in which you wish to marry.

4) The other consideration is that if a couple are normally resident in Scotland, for example, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as above, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the Parish boundary of the said church.

 It is your responsibility to confirm with the incumbent that where you are staying is within the Parish of the said church and that your appointment is immediately after an unbroken residency period of at least 8 nights and that you bring the correct documents with you.

 

Documents Required

In all cases:-

If you are a foreign national subject to immigration control please contact our office for advice before booking any residency.

 

Ensure the incumbent provides a letter confirming that:-

  •  they are prepared to marry you

  •  confirming they will accept paperwork that is valid for 12 months

  •  that you have completed residency/are resident within the parish of the said church

  • You will need documentation proving the place and duration of your residency along with appropriate documents listed below.

 Evidence of Full Name, Date of Birth, and Nationality

Current passport OR

If you were born in the United Kingdom before 1st January 1983 - your full birth certificate together with one of the following original documents -

 

  • A utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Bank/Building Society statement or passbook dated no more than 1 month before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Council Tax Bill dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A current residential tenancy agreement.
  • A valid driving licence.

 

If you were born in the United Kingdom after 1st January 1983 - your full birth certificate together with one of the following original documents -

 

  • A utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Bank/Building Society statement or passbook dated no more than 1 month before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Council Tax Bill dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A current residential tenancy agreement.
  • A valid driving licence.

 

  • PLUS evidence of either one of your parents British citizenship or settled status in the UK at the time of your birth (their full birth certificate or passport).  NB - If your parents were married at that time and your mother was not British then we also need to see their marriage certificate. If your parents were not married to each other at the time of your birth, your nationality will be that of your mother.

 

Evidence of Ending of Previous Marriage/Civil Partnership (if applicable)

 

One of the following original documents:-

 

  • Court sealed certified copy of your Decree Absolute.  Please note that for documents in a foreign language a translation should also be provided which must be certified, signed, and dated by the translator. 
  • If a divorce/annulment/dissolution was granted outside of the British Isles then it will require consideration by the Local Registration Service or in some instances The General Register Office to establish if the ceremony can proceed.  This will incur a fee.  After consideration if the ceremony cannot proceed the fees for consideration of the divorce/annulment/dissolution as well as the fees for giving notice of intent for marriage are non-refundable.
  • The death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner
  • The presumed death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner

 

Evidence of Consent

If either of you is under the age of 18 years, you will need to produce a fully completed consent form (available from your local Register Office).

Additional Information

The Notice Fee for each person is non-refundable and this is payable on the day of your notice appointment. Your Certificates for Authority to Marry will be issued a minimum of 28 days after giving your notice (or if you are subject to Immigration Control between 28 and 70 days).

If any documents are not in English, you will need to obtain a full written translation.

(As at July 2016)

If you wish to marry in a religious venue other than Church of England or Wales you will be required to obtain a Superintendent Registrars Certificate.  This is the legal paperwork which shows that you have proven that you are who you say you are, that you are legally free to be married to each other, and that all conditions of marriage have been satisfied.  It is a legal document and is issued 29 days after an interview with a Registration Officer.  The information you provide must be displayed for this period in the Register Office as the public have the right to raise any legitimate objections to the marriage.

Whilst a notice of marriage must be given at least twenty eight clear days before the intended date of marriage this does not include the day of giving notice and therefore it is actually on the 29th day that any documents are produced or the next business day if this falls on a weekend.  Giving notice to marry involves an interview at the register office and this should be booked as early as possible to ensure availability in the diary.

A notice of marriage is valid for up to twelve months from the day it is taken out.    

By law in England and Wales you must qualify to marry. In general this is by becoming resident in England or Wales.  Parties from Scotland for instance have to fulfil residency requirements to qualify. 

 

BEFORE YOU GIVE NOTICE PLEASE CHECK WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES APPLY TO YOU:

 

You both live within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria)

If both of you live within the boundaries of the district (Cumbria) covered by the church in which you wish to marry, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district (any office in Cumbria) in which the church is situated, to give notice that you intend to marry.

One party is resident within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria)

If only one of you lives within the district boundaries of the said church, and the other party resides outside the registration district (Cumbria) in which the church is situated, the party residing within the district will give notice at the register office in which the church is situated (any office in Cumbria), and the other will need to give notice at his or her own local register office. 

If either party are normally resident in Scotland, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as noted below or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the registration district of the said church

Neither party lives within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria) but it is the Usual Place of Worship of one or both parties

If neither of you live within the district of the church (Cumbria) however it is the usual place of worship for one or both parties, and you live within England or Wales then you still qualify to marry without residency.  In this case a letter would be required from the incumbent to confirm that this is your usual place of worship.  You would then attend and give notice at your own local register office. 

If one party is normally resident in Scotland, but the other is normally resident in England/Wales then you still qualify to marry without residency however the Scottish paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that both parties can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the registration district of the said church

If both parties are normally resident in Scotland, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as below, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the district (Cumbria) of the said church

Neither party lives within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria) and it is NOT the Usual Place of Worship of one or both parties

If neither of you live within the district of the church and it is not the usual place of worship for either party, one or both of you will need to reside at an address within the district boundaries (Cumbria) for a period of seven clear days.

In all cases where Residency is required

The first and last day do not count and therefore it is in effect 8 nights and you can give notice on the 9th consecutive day.  Whilst you can leave the district during the day the nights must be spent in the district.  You can give notice of intent after the 9th day provided you haven't broken the residency.  So you may decide to spend 14 nights but as long as it is a minimum of 8 nights and that the residency however long is unbroken they are then deemed resident. If the last day of your residency falls on a day when the Register Office is closed you must stay at the address until paperwork is completed.

If only one party is undertaking residency, the other person must give notice on the same day in their home district anywhere in England or Wales (or Scotland - see notes).  The reason being if you give notice before the 9th day you can not say one party is resident and give their address as within the parish, thereby losing the qualification to marry.  If you wait until after and the residency has been broken the person is then no longer resident and no longer qualifies.  Both notices must be the same and one party must be resident in the parish of the church in which you wish to marry.

The other consideration is that if a couple are normally resident in Scotland, for example, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as above, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the registration district of the said church

It is your responsibility to confirm with the incumbent that where you are staying is within the district of the said church and that your appointment is immediately after an unbroken residency period of at least 8 nights and that you bring the correct documents with you.

 

Documents Required

In all cases:-

  • If you are a foreign national subject to immigration control please contact our office for advice before booking any residency.

 

  • You will need documentation proving the place and duration of your residency along with appropriate documents listed below.

Evidence of Full Name, Date of Birth, and Nationality

Current passport OR

If you were born in the United Kingdom before 1st January 1983 - your full birth certificate together with one of the following original documents - 

  • A utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Bank/Building Society statement or passbook dated no more than 1 month before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Council Tax Bill dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A current residential tenancy agreement.
  • A valid driving licence.

 

If you were born in the United Kingdom after 1st January 1983 - your full birth certificate together with one of the following original documents -

 

  • A utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Bank/Building Society statement or passbook dated no more than 1 month before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A Council Tax Bill dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before the date of your notice appointment.
  • A current residential tenancy agreement.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • PLUS evidence of either one of your parents British citizenship or settled status in the UK at the time of your birth (their full birth certificate or passport).  NB - If your parents were married at that time and your mother was not British then we also need to see their marriage certificate. If your parents were not married to each other at the time of your birth, your nationality will be that of your mother.

  

Evidence of Ending of Previous Marriage/Civil Partnership (if applicable)

 

One of the following original documents:-

 

  • Court sealed certified copy of your Decree Absolute.  Please note that for documents in a foreign language a translation should also be provided which must be certified, signed, and dated by the translator. 
  • If a divorce/annulment/dissolution was granted outside of the British Isles then it will require consideration by the Local Registration Service or in some instances The General Register Office to establish if the ceremony can proceed.  This will incur a fee.  After consideration if the ceremony cannot proceed the fees for consideration of the divorce/annulment/dissolution as well as the fees for giving notice of intent for marriage are non-refundable.
  • The death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner
  • The presumed death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner

 

Evidence of Consent

If either of you is under the age of 18 years, you will need to produce a fully completed consent form (available from your local Register Office). 

Additional Information

The Notice Fee for each person is non-refundable and this is payable on the day of your notice appointment. Your Certificates for Authority to Marry will be issued a minimum of 28 days after giving your notice (or if you are subject to Immigration Control between 28 and 70 days).

 

 Ifany documents are not in English, you will need to obtain a full written translation.

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