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REQUIREMENTS FOR GIVING NOTICE OF MARRIAGE OR

CIVIL PARTNERSHIP AT
TOWER HAMLETS REGISTER OFFICE
ONLY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS ARE ACCEPTED

VALID PASSPORT

Change of name documents (if applicable)


If you have been through any form of marriage or
civil partnership previously in this or any other
country, then you will also need to provide evidence
of how that marriage or civil partnership ended i.e.
Decree Absolute, death certificate, marriage
certificate, dissolution document. All documents
must be original and have an English translation
where appropriate.

PROOF OF ADDRESS. Two proofs of address are


required for each person. Joint details are only
acceptable on one document with one other POA for
each from the following list:
Council tax statement - Utility bill**
Bank statement - NHS medical card
Driving licence
**mobile phone, BT statements and "unsolicited mail" are
unacceptable

Please note that if your previous marriage or civil


partnership was not dissolved through a court in the
United Kingdom, then the registration officer may
have to refer your case to the team of experts at the
General Register Office. If you have booked a date
for your marriage or civil partnership, then this date
is purely provisional and may need to be changed.

For those persons who are visiting the UK in the short term,
either stamps within Passports or boarding passes may be
produced as evidence of entry into the UK from non EA
countries. However, a letter from the householder and a council
tax statement / utility bill from that person confirming their
residence may also be accepted.

Certificate of no-impediment in regards to


overseas ceremonies. Full information and place of
marriage details are required for both parties, but above
documents relate to British subject(s) only.

All documents MUST be current. Bank


statements/utility bills MUST be dated within
the last three months.

Consent is required for anyone under 18 years of


age. (forms are available from this office).

Parties must have minimum of 9 full days residence


(22 days for marriage abroad)

An interpreter should attend with parties if required.


Your interpreter is required to provide current proof
of identification and MUST be over the age of 18.

Photocopies, scanned documents and online


statements will not be accepted.

35.00 each - in cash, cheque or card payment.


Notices to be given in the district where you live
morning walk in service available for Tower Hamlets
residents.
Appointments are required for the afternoon.

Notices periods are between 15 or 21 clear days


depending on where the marriage or civil partnership
ceremony will take place. Authorities are then
issued (subject to office hours) to allow the
ceremony to be conducted.

IMPORTANT: Please note that from 2nd March


2015, the notice period will be 28 days for EEAnationals and 70 days for non-EEA nationals.

Early & later appointments are also available for notices


of marriage and civil partnership.
Call us on 020 7364 7880 to book an appointment.

NON TOWER HAMLETS RESIDENTS MUST BOOK AN


APPOINTMENT WITH US

NON EEA NATIONALS MUST GIVE NOTICE


TOGETHER AT A DESIGNATED REGISTER OFFICE

Contact details:
Tower Hamlets Registration & Nationality Services
Bromley Public Hall
Bow Road, London E3 3AA
Tel: 020 7364 7880
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
E-mail: register.office@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Hours of availability for giving notice:


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Monday to Wednesday:
Walk-in service (09.30 am to 11.30 am)
Appointments (1.30 pm to 4.00 pm)
Thursday & Friday
By appointment only

Please note that your appointment will be rescheduled if you are more
than five minutes late.
The Register Office is closed between 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm (Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and 11.30 am to 2.00 pm (Wednesday).
Early & Later appointments are available for Notices of Marriage and Civil
Partnership and Nationality Checking Service - Call us on 020 7364 7880.