Notice of intent for marriage or civil partnership - documents you need

Currently there is a Notice Fee for each person which is non-refundable and is payable on the day during your notice appointment. Your Marriage Schedule 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 you have changed your name, proof of any changes will be needed (for example change of name deed or deed poll).  We need to see original documents or certified copies. 


British or Irish Citizen

Current and valid Passport 

OR 

If you do not have a valid British or Irish passport 

If you were born in the United Kingdom before 1 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 with your address on 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 1 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 with your address on 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, so you must bring her documents.


Relevant Nationals (any person with EUSS settled status, EUSS pre-settled status or a pending application to the EUSS)

Current and valid Passport 

And if either party is not a British or Irish citizen then evidence of your settled status, pre-settled status or a pending application to the European Settlement Scheme (EUSS) If you are a relevant national who has 

  • EUSS settled status
  • EUSS pre-settled status
  • a pending application to the EUSS

We will require proof of your status before we can undertake your appointment.

Obtain proof of your status

You will be asked to confirm which document you used in your application and then to confirm the details of the document and your date of birth.  Follow the gov.uk website until you receive the share code to your personal email address.

Once you have received the share code please forward this to Cumbria Registration Service at least 2 days before your appointment.  It should be sent to sharecode@cumbria.gov.uk 

Please note the share code is only valid for 30 days

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

One of the following original documents:

  • Court sealed certified copy of your Decree Absolute or Civil Partnership 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. 
  • The death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner.
  • The presumed death certificate of your previous spouse or civil partner.

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.

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

To prove your address, bring one of the following:

  • valid UK or Irish driving licence
  • gas, water or electricity bill from the last 3 months
  • bank or building society statement from the last month
  • Council Tax bill from the last 12 months
  • mortgage statement from the last 12 months
  • current tenancy agreement
  • letter from your landlord (dated within the last 7 days) confirming you live there and including your landlord's name, address and their signature

Visit the guide on residency if you do not usually live in Cumbria.

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).

To request a form of consent please contact us as follows

Email:registration.service@cumbria.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 303 2472    Office hours: 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday)


We highly recommend you bring details of the final venue for your ceremony.

This is not a requirement for us taking notice of intent, however once you have given the notice the venue cannot be altered unless you take fresh notices and pay the fees again.

Across the UK there are many venues with similar names and if we have a provisional booking form to check against this will limit the likelihood of you providing the wrong venue details


in addition to the documents listed above, you will need to bring  

  • a passport sized photo for each of you (even if only one of you from outside the UK) 
  • proof of your current immigration status (for example, your visa) 
  • a translation of any documents that are not in English

Your Marriage Schedule 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 subject to the Home Office

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

In addition to the documents listed above please 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 must bring this letter with you to your appointment to give notice of intent.