You must each give formal notice of your intention to marry or to form a civil partnership in person at a registration office in the district where you live. You are required to have lived in the district for at least eight days before giving notice.
The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is currently twenty eight clear days*. The certificate for marriage will be issued on the twenty ninth working day after giving notice and is valid for twelve months. It's therefore a good idea to give notice as soon as possible.
*For couples where one or both of the parties is a non-EEA national with limited or no immigration status, the Home Office may extend the notice period to 70 days. Additional fees may apply at the point where the registration officer takes your legal notice. When you attend the appointment please ensure you have a means of payment otherwise your notice cannot be taken.
For detailed information on the requirements for giving notice and applying for visas, visit the www.gov.uk web site.
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