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Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

If you wish to marry or form a Civil Partnership in a civil ceremony. It is a legal requirement that you enter notice of your intention. This must be carried out no more than 12 months but at least 28 clear days before the ceremony can take place. In certain circumstances this may increase to 70 clear days.

Book an appointment to give notice

To book an appointment to give notice you must be a British or EEA national. You must also live in Bedford Borough and pay your Council Tax to Bedford Borough Council.

Appointments take 30 minutes per person (so if you are both attending together it will take 1 hour)

If you do not live within the Borough of Bedford and are both British or EEA nationals. You must book an appointment to enter your Notice with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district where you live. And to whom you pay your Council Tax to. 

If one or both of you is subject to immigration control or does not hold a British or EEA passport. You will both need to give your Notice of Marriage at a Designated Register Office. Bedford is not a Designated Register Office.

Registrar address

Civil Registration Service
Bedford Borough Council
Old Town Hall
St Paul's Square
Bedford 
MK40 1SJ

Email: civil.registration@bedford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01234 718 028 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Fees for giving notice

All payments must be made by debit/credit card.

  • The current fee for entering a Notice of Marriage is £35 for each person.
  • The current fee for entering a Notice of Civil Partnership is £35 for each person.

Documents you will need to give notice

Check what documents you need to bring to give notice at GOV.UK.

In addition to the required documents listed on the Government website above. Please note the following information: 

If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983 and you do not have a passport. Or if your passport is out of date and you are providing your full birth certificate. You will also need to provide evidence of the nationality of your parents at the time of your birth. The evidence required is either:

  • a) your mother or father's birth certificate or British passport. If they were married at the time of your birth. If you're presenting only your father's birth certificate or British passport. You will also need to provide your parents' marriage certificate.

or

  • b) if your parents were not married at the time of your birth. You will need either your mother's full birth certificate or British passport.
  • c) if your mother has changed her name from that recorded on your birth certificate. You will also need to present evidence of her change of name.

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