London Borough of Croydon

If you wish to marry or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you may do so by civil or religious ceremony.

You must give notice at least 28 days before you get married or have a civil partnership.

To give notice in Croydon, book an appointment with a registrar.

Civil ceremonies

The Civil Partnerships (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019, which extend eligibility for forming civil partnerships to opposite sex couples, were approved in Parliament and made on 5 November 2019.  The regulations will come into force on 2 December 2019.

Registration authorities can now take or confirm bookings for couples to give notice from 2 December 2019 which will allow the first civil partnerships under the standard procedure to be formed from 31 December 2019. Civil partnerships formed under the special procedure can take place from 2 December 2019.

To give notice of marriage or civil partnership in Croydon book an appointment with a registrar

A civil ceremony can take place in a register office or other premises approved by the local authority for marriages. If you wish to have a civil ceremony in England or Wales you must first give notice of at least 28 days prior to your ceremony date. Your notice will be valid for 12 months from the date it is given. A notice of marriage or civil partnership is a legal document which confirms your intention to marry and must be given before a marriage or civil partnership can take place.

A marriage can be between 2 people of the opposite sex or of the same sex.

A civil partnership can between 2 people of the opposite sex or of the same sex.

Notice must be given in the borough that you reside in. If you and your partner live in separate boroughs you must each give notice in the borough in which you reside. 

If you or your partner are subject to immigration control you both must give notice in a designated office. Croydon Register Office is a designated office.
 

To give notice of marriage or civil partnership in Croydon book an appointment with a registrar

You must choose a venue for your ceremony before you can give notice. See our list of approved venues within Croydon.

Bring confirmation of the full name and address of your chosen venue so we can accurately record it, as some venues have more than 1 room and we must clearly differentiate which is being used for your ceremony.

Read the important information below on what you must do and what documents are required to give notice.

If you have not already done so you will need to make arrangements at the approved venue.

Church of England weddings

If you wish to be married in the Church of England, speak to the vicar of the church where you wish to marry. If you or your partner are subject to immigration control you both must give notice in a designated office. Croydon Register Office is a designated office.  

Other religious weddings

If you wish to have a religious ceremony somewhere other than in the Church of England or Church in Wales you should:

  • book an appointment to see the person in charge of marriages at the church or the place of religious worship of your choice   
  • both give formal notice to the registrar at your local register office where you live and if one or both of you is subject to immigration control notice has to be given in a designated register office; Croydon Register Office is a designated office

Getting married abroad

If you wish to marry abroad, special requirements apply for the giving of marriage notice. These requirements vary depending on the nationality of you and your partner and where the ceremony is being held. For more information of what is required, contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you wish to marry.

Notice of intention

Read the important information below on what you must do and what documents are required to give notice.

All couples must give at least 28 days notice.

Non UK/EEA nationals

If you or your partner are non UK/EEA nationals, and subject to immigration control, you must go together to a designated register office in England and Wales to give your notice, whether you are getting married or forming a civil partnership at a register office, an approved premise or in any church, including the Church of England. Croydon Register Office is a designated register office.
 
Where 1 or both partners are subject to immigration control, register offices are required by law to inform the Home Office of the couple's intention to marry or form a civil partnership. The Home Office will review each couple's case and will have new powers to extend the notice period from 29 days to 71 days. It will be the Home Office that decides whether or not the wedding or civil partnership can proceed. Couples who have a valid marriage or civil partnership visa, indefinite leave to remain or right of abode in the UK will not be referred to the Home Office.
 
More detailed information about the process can be found at Gov.UK.
 

Cost

If you fall under Home Office referral scheme the fee is £47 each. All other applicants will be charged £35 each. Payment can be made by credit or debit card at your appointment.

Documents you must provide

All paperwork submitted must be originals, photocopies cannot be accepted. When attending the appointment, bring the following:

British citizens, born before 1 January 1983

  • a valid passport, or
  • a birth certificate and photo ID

British citizens, born after 1 January 1983

  • a valid passport, or
  • a birth certificate and photo ID, together with evidence of your parents' nationality (valid passport or birth certificate), or
  • a naturalisation certificate and photo ID

EEA nationals

  • current passport, or
  • national ID card

Foreign nationals

  • current passport with entry clearance
  • current passport or UK travel document with settled status in the UK (eg indefinite leave to remain)
  • identity card / residence permit card issued by the Home Office

Proof of residence

You must provide 1 proof of address for each party giving notice, for example a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • gas, water or electricity bill from the last 3 months
  • bank or building society statement from the last month
  • current council tax bill 
  • current mortgage statement

If you have previously been in a civil partnership or marriage

If you have been in a previous marriage or civil partnership, you will need to bring with you 1 of the following types of documentary evidence to show that the union has ended and that you are now free to register a civil partnership:

  • a decree absolute (following a divorce).
  • a dissolution certificate (from a previous civil partnership)
  • a death certificate (if your former civil partner or spouse has died), with translation if appropriate

All divorce or dissolution documents must have the original stamp of the issuing court. Foreign divorce or dissolution documents must be referred to the General Register Office for clearance (with a certified translation if appropriate). Clearance must be granted before your ceremony can take place, this may take longer than the minimum 28 days notice.

There are fees payable for the consideration of foreign divorces:

  • consideration by a superintendent registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles; £50
  • consideration by the registrar general of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles; £75

The fee is for consideration of the divorce/dissolution/nullity regardless of outcome and is payable at your appointment.

If the divorce was obtained within the British Isles but does not meet the criteria, for example is not a document from a court of civil jurisdiction, then it will be referred to the registrar general and the registrar general fee will be required. 

* British Isles means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

If you have changed your name

If either of you have changed your names you will need to provide the evidence of change of name (deed poll / statutory declaration) document.

Reporting suspicious ceremonies

Section 24 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 places a statutory duty on registration officers to report suspicious ceremonies to the Home Office. This is any partnership where the registration office has reasonable grounds for suspecting it has been arranged for the purpose of avoiding the effect of one or more provisions of United Kingdom immigration law or immigration rules.

Officers have a duty to report their suspicions any time before, during or immediately after the solemnisation of the partnership

Contacts

Croydon Register Office

Telephone: 
020 8726 6300
Address Line:

Ground Floor Offices

Croydon Town Hall

Fell Road

Croydon

CR0 1NX

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm (closed on the first Wednesday morning of every month for training)

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