Shropshire Council

Prescribed evidence

On this page you'll find details of the evidence you must provide when registering a notice of marriage. Click on the headers relevant to your own circumstances.

Evidence of name and surname, date of birth and nationality

Requirements for a British national born before 1 January 1983

(If you were born in Britain before 1983, British nationality was automatically awarded)

  • Your current valid passport or your birth certificate

In addition, you'll need to bring one of the following: 

  • A valid full drivers licence in the name of the person giving notice of marriage
  • Utility bill (gas, electricity, water, landline/broadband) dated in the last three months
  • Bank or building society statement or passbook dated in the month before the date on which notice is given
  • Council tax bill dated in the last 12 months before the date on which notice is given
  • Mortgage statement dated in the last 12 months before the date on which notice is given
  • Current residential tenancy agreement

Requirements for a British national born on or after 1 January 1983

(from the 1 January 1983, British nationality was no longer automatically conferred on a person born within the UK. Instead, a person's British nationality was acquired from one or both of their parents)

Your current valid passport, 

or

Your full birth certificate showing your parent(s) details and either the birth certificate of your mother (if your mother was born in Britain before 1983) or the birth certificate of your father (if your father was born in Britain before 1983 and only if his name is shown on your full birth certificate), and the marriage certificate of your mother and father.

If neither of your parents were born in Britain you'll need to bring in one of their passports valid at the time of your birth, describing them as a British Citizen or indicating that the parent had either indefinite leave to remain or indefinite leave to enter. Again, if the evidence you bring relates to your father, you'll also have to bring with you the marriage certificate of your parents. 

In addition, you'll need to bring one of the following:

  • Valid full drivers licence in the name of the person giving notice of marriage 
  • Utility bill (gas, electricity, water, landline/broadband) dated in the last three months
  • Bank or building society statement or passbook dated within the month before the date on which notice is given 
  • Council tax bill dated within the last 12 months before the date on which notice is given
  • Mortgage statement dated within the last 12 months before the date on which notice is given
  • Current residential tenancy agreement

Where you've changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration from that on your birth certificate or other documentation - a copy bearing the original stamp.

Requirements for an EEA / Swiss national

An EEA national includes a national from the European Economic Area (EEA). You can check which countries are EEA members on the gov.uk website

Please note, although the whole island of Cyprus is a member state of the EEA and all Cypriots are EEA nationals, at the present time, a person who can only present a travel document from “the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC) is subject to immigration control unless they can also produce a document showing that they're entitled to citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus.

Nationals of Switzerland or one of the EEA countries listed above must produce one of the following:

  • A valid national ID card, issued by an EEA state or Switzerland
  • A valid EEA or Swiss passport

Requirements for Non British/EEA/Swiss nationals

A person who is not a British / Swiss/ EEA national must produce one of the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • A valid biometric immigration document issued by the Home Office
  • A valid travel document issued in the UK at the discretion of the Secretary of State to persons who have been unreasonably refused a national passport and who have been granted limited leave to enter or remain or humanitarian protection or indefinite leave to remain
  • A valid 1951 Convention travel document issued to a person granted refugee status
  • A valid travel documents issued to a person under the 1952 Stateless Persons Convention

Evidence of marital status

This applies only to people who have been previously married or in a civil partnership. You'll need to provide evidence that your previous relationship has been legally terminated.

Divorced

A decree absolute or decree of dissolution or decree of nullity bearing the original stamp of the court (if the divorce was granted outside the United Kingdom please bring a translation of the document along with the original). From 1 November 2017 the clearance of all divorces granted outside of the UK is subject to a statutory consideration fee of either £50 or £75 payable in advance. In the event that the divorce is unable to be cleared there is no facility for a refund.

As a rough indication, decrees of divorce, dissolution or nullity issued in one of the following list of countries should attract a clearance fee of £50.

  • Australia          
  • Austria            
  • Barbados        
  • Bermuda         
  • Bulgaria           
  • Canada
  • Fiji                   
  • Germany         
  • Hungary          
  • Irish Republic  
  • Jamaica           
  • Kenya 
  • New Zealand   
  • Poland            
  • Romania          
  • Russia             
  • South Africa    
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania         
  • USA                
  • Zimbabwe

Decrees of divorce or dissolution or nullity issued in any other country will attract a consideration fee of £75.00 and will be sent to the General Register Office for clearance.

Widowed

A certified copy of the original death entry of your former spouse or civil partner. The document must show a link to the person giving notice, usually a death certificate will state the name of the spouse of the deceased. If the death certificate doesn't show a clear link to the person giving notice, you must bring a marriage certificate with you in order that the link can be established. (Please note, if the document has been granted outside the |United kingdom a translation of the document will be needed in addition to the certified copy of the original).

If your former partner has been presumed dead

A certificate of the presumed death of the former partner issued under paragraph 3 of schedule 1 to the Presumption of Death Act 2013.

Evidence of place of residence

One of the following documents must be produced:

  • A utility bill in the name of the person giving notice, dated no more than three months before the date on which your notice is given. For this purpose, we'll only accept a bill for gas/electric/water/landline/cable/broadband – a mobile phone bill isn't acceptable
  • A bank or building society statement or passbook dated no more than one month before the date on which notice of is given
  • A council tax bill dated no more than one year before the date on which notice of civil partnership is given
  • A mortgage statement dated no more than one year before the date on which notice is given
  • A current residential tenancy agreement
  • A valid UK full driving licence in the name of the person giving notice issued by the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands
  • A letter from the owner or proprietor (X) of the address which is the person’s place of residence which states the following:
  1. That the person giving notice has resided at the address for at least seven complete days immediately prior to the date on which notice is given.
  2. That X is the owner or proprietor
  3. States X’s name
  4. States X’s address
  5. Is signed and dated by X within one month of the date on which notice of civil partnership is given.

Take a look at an example.

Photographs

In addition to the requirements detailed for each person category and the residence/marital status evidence requirements, if one or both of you are subject to immigration control you'll need to bring along a current colour passport sized photograph of yourself and one for your partner - the photograph will need to follow the requirements for passport photographs.

Who should provide photographs?

Where a couple are within scope of the scheme there's a requirement for both parties to provide a photograph.

Where one or both parties to the marriage are subject to immigration control, both parties are to provide a photograph.

What are the photographs for?

The photographs are to ensure that the people who attended to give notice of their intention to marry/form a civil partnership are the people who attend the ceremony.

Where evidence isn't available

If none of the documents (or groups of documents) are available to confirm the person’s name, surname, date of birth and nationality, such other document or combination of documents as the registrar general determines it's reasonable to accept in the particular circumstances of the case will be accepted.

The local registration office has no discretion over documents if you're unable to produce any of the above. Advice will then be sought from the registrar general - this may or may not allow a notice to be given.