Once you have arranged a venue for your ceremony you will need to legally register your intention to get married or enter into a civil partnership. This is called 'giving notice'.
You must both attend an appointment to give notice in person; this can be at the same appointment or individual appointments. You will be given a licence which will only be valid for the venue you have told the registrars when you give notice.
If you decide to change the venue after your appointment you will need to give notice again and a further fee will be charged.
If either of the two people getting married are non EEA citizens you will need to give notice at a Designated Office Opens in a new window not in Torbay. For more details see the information on foreign nationals Opens in a new window.
When should I give notice
Notice must be given at least 28 days before your ceremony and is only valid for one year so you must get married within 12 months.
So if notice was given on 1 July the earliest the ceremony could take place is on the 30 July the latest is the 30 June the following year.
Where do you give notice?
You must give notice at the registration office in the district where you live, you must have lived there for at least 9 days to register in that district.
If you live in Torbay you can have an appointment at Cockington Court in Torquay or Paignton library.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday at Cockington Court and on a Monday at Paignton Library.
Giving notice costs £35 each.
There is an additional fee of £50 for consideration of a foreign divorce or dissolution document locally by the Superintendent Registrar. If it has to be referred to the General Register Office the fee increases to £75.
You will need to pay this at your appointment.
If a registrar attends to verify the declaration of a house-bound person it is £47 and if a registrar attends to verify the declaration of a detained person it is £68
The Registrar cannot accept photocopies of any documents.
You will both need to bring the following evidence to your appointment:
Evidence of Nationality
- A valid passport or a full birth certificate
If you were born on or after 1 January 1983 and do not have a passport you will also need to bring a parent’s current passport or birth certificate. If your parents were married at the time of your birth you can provide either your mother or father’s. If your parents were unmarried at the time of your birth you will need to provide your mother’s passport or birth certificate.
If your mother has changed her name between her birth and your birth apart from through marriage to your father we would also need to see proof of any change of name such as deed poll or statutory declaration. Their marriage certificate may also help in this case.
If you do not have a full birth certificate please see the information on how to apply for certificates.
Members of the EEA
- A valid passport or valid national identity card.
Non EEA citizens
Special rules may apply.
For more details see the information on.
Evidence of name and residence
You must provide 1 form of evidence of your name and address. This must be from the following:
- Most recent council tax bill
- Driving licence
- Utility bill issued within the last 3 months
- Bank statement issued within last month
If someone’s name has been changed by deed poll or statutory declaration, then you will need to provide the document.
Proof of divorce or dissolution
You will need to bring either your decree absolute or your civil partnership final order.
If you do not have the document please see the information on .
Foreign divorces and dissolutions - if one or both of you have foreign divorce or dissolution documents, they must be accompanied by an authenticated translation into English carried out by a third party. You will also need to provide details of the person who carried out the translation.
There is an additional fee for consideration of a foreign divorce or dissolution by the Superintendent Registrar or the General Register Office.
If you’ve been widowed or are a surviving civil partner
You will need to bring the marriage or civil partnership certificate and the death certificate of your former partner. If you do not have these documents please see how to apply for copy certificates.
If the divorce took place in a foreign country, the original document must be produced with an English translation if needed. Some foreign divorces require clearance from the Registrar General which we can arrange.
16 to 18 year olds
You will need to provide a consent form.
- Book to register a birth
- Book to register a death
- Book to give notice
- Book a date for your ceremony
- Copy certificates
- Marriages and civil partnerships
- Citizenship ceremonies
- Other ceremonies
- Changing a child name
- Re-register following the marriage of the natural parents
- Adding the father's details to the birth record
- Gender recognition
- Correcting a birth, death or marriage registration