Before you can get married or enter a civil partnership in England and Wales, each person must give legal notice of intention to the registrar in the area where you live. A 'Notice of Intention' is valid for 1 year.
- book an appointment to give notice in the area where you live
- give notice at least 28 clear days* prior to the date of the marriage or civil partnership
- provide specific documents at your appointment to give notice
*If you or your partner are from outside the UK or Ireland, or don't have EUSS settled or pre-settled status, the Home Office may require notice to be given 70 clear days prior to the date of the marriage or civil partnership. In these circumstances, we recommend booking an appointment to give notice 4 to 6 months ahead of your ceremony.
If your notice isn't given in time your ceremony can't go ahead, and you'll need to reschedule.
The earliest you can give notice is 12 months prior to your ceremony. However, York Register Office prioritise appointments to give notice, to ensure we can accommodate demand; you may be asked to contact us at a later date.
Book an appointment to give notice
Visit our Ceremonies website for information about giving notice, including:
Before booking an appointment to give notice at York Register Office, you must have provisionally booked the venue, date, and time of your marriage or civil partnership ceremony.
Alternatively, you can contact York Register Office by telephone to make an appointment to give notice.