You must give notice of your intention to marry at your local registration office. Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay) is now one Registration District which means you can make an appointment at any of the registration offices – please telephone 0345 155 1002 to book your appointment.
Notice of marriage must be given at a register office in the district in which you lived for at least the previous 8 nights. You will need to make an appointment to do this. If you live in Devon you can go to any registration office in the county (excluding Torbay and Plymouth).
Your notice is publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days, after which time the marriage may take place. The Authorities for Marriage (the legal documentation) must have been issued on or before the day of marriage.
Where a proposed marriage involves a non-European Economic Area (EEA) national who is subject to immigration control the notice period may be extended to 70 days. More information is available at GOV.UK.
Couples wishing to marry in the Church of England where at least one of the couple are a non-EEA national will have to give notice via civil preliminaries at a registration office.
A notice of marriage is valid for 12 months and is only valid for the venue named on the notice. You may be able to change the date of your marriage but a change of location requires a new notice and the payment of new fees.
When you attend a registration office to give notice of marriage, you will need to produce certain documents to confirm your name, age, marital status and nationality.
Each person giving notice must bring in the following original documents (photocopies are not acceptable but original documents do include foreign language documents which have been translated into English):
A valid EEA/Foreign Passport
If you do not have a valid passport or national identity card you will not be able to give notice of marriage.
For persons subject to Immigration control or if you have doubt regarding your nationality or immigration status, please visit the Home Office website or telephone 0870 606 7766 as additional documentation may be required.
A fee of £35 per person will be required, payable by cash, card or cheque.
Please note that there is now a fee for the consideration of foreign divorce documents. The fee is £50 if the divorce can be considered locally, rising to £75 if it will need to be referred to the General Register Office.