Booking an appointment
Before you can get married or register your civil partnership, you must both give notice in person at your local register office, regardless of where you are holding your ceremony. If you live in Leeds you will need to make an appointment, although you will need to have lived here for at least 8 days before you can give your notice.
To book your notice of marriage appointment, please call 0113 222 4408.
All appointments for giving notice are at:
The Register Office
City Centre One Stop
2 Great George Street
Please arrive on time for your appointment as we may not be able to accommodate late arrivals.
When to give notice
After you have both given your notice you must wait at least 16 days before your ceremony can take place. For example, if notice was given on the 5 December, you can get married on or after 21 December.
A notice is only valid for one year, so you can only give your notice up to twelve months before your ceremony. You must get married at the place named on your marriage notice. Whilst it may be possible to change the date or time of your ceremony (as long as it is still within the twelve months), if you want to get married somewhere else you will need to give new notice.
A Superintendent Registrar and Registrar or an authorised person needs to be present at all marriages/civil partnerships, except those at a church belonging to the Church of England. It is therefore important that you make sure the registrars are available before you confirm any other arrangements.
Foreign nationals and those from outside of the European Union
If you are a foreign national or are marrying a foreign national from outside the European Union you must give your notice in a district which has been designated for that purpose. Leeds is a designated district.
Member states of the European Union
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
You will need to pay the notice fee, of £35 per person, when you book your appointment. Please ensure that you have a debit or credit card available. If you do not turn up for your appointment we cannot refund your notice fee. We will only reimburse your fee if you cancel or re-arrange your appointment more than 48 hours before your appointment.
Paying for your ceremony
All ceremony bookings must be paid 12 weeks in advance of the ceremony. If you book a ceremony which is within 12 weeks you must pay the fee at the time of booking.
You can pay your ceremony fee when you book your notice appointment, when you arrive for your appointment, or at a later date.
We would prefer to receive your payment over the phone by credit or debit card, but you can also pay by cheque. Please send your cheque along with your ceremony details to:
The Ceremonies Co-ordinator
Leeds Register Office
City Centre One Stop
2 Great George Street
We will refund your ceremony fee if you cancel your ceremony.
Provisional ceremony bookings
Our provisional booking service allows you to reserve a time slot for the Superintendent Registrar and Registrar to conduct your ceremony, up to three years in advance.
A non-refundable booking fee of £25 is required to secure a provisional booking. Payments can be taken over the phone by a credit or debit card or in person at the Register Office. Please note that this fee is non-refundable and it does not form part of the ceremony fee.
If you are booking more than one year in advance you will need to make arrangements to give your notice at the appropriate time to confirm the booking. When you make your booking we will agree a date with you by when you should give notice.
Documents you must provide
You will need to prove your name, age, nationality, address and, if you have been married before your marital status.
- Name, age and nationality - we will need to see a passport, Home Office travel document or a UK full birth certificate. If you were born after 1 January 1983 and cannot produce a passport, you must also provide one of your parents’ UK full birth certificates or passport as well as your own certificate. If presenting a birth certificate you will need to provide further evidence of your identity, such as a driving licence, ID card or bank statement. If you were born abroad and are not a British citizen a national identity card or driving licence issued by the authorities of your country may be accepted if it states your nationality. It must show your photograph and if it is not in English you should provide a translation. You will also need a deed poll or any statutory declaration documents if you have changed your name
- Address - you will need a driving licence or utility bill/bank statement showing your current address dated within the last 3 months.
- Marital status - If either of you has been married before, either in this country or abroad, and you are now divorced, you will need to show proof of your divorce. If you divorced in England or Wales this will be a court stamped copy of the decree absolute. If you were divorced anywhere else you will need to produce the original document issued by that country and an English translation, if appropriate. Please note, if your divorce documents were issued in another country, approval must be granted by the Registrar General before you can get married. Therefore, it is advisable that you give notice as soon as possible.
If the name on the divorce decree absolute does not match the name on the proof of identity we will also need to see the relevant previous marriage certificate(s).
If your former spouse has died you will need to show us a certified copy of their death certificate , and an English translation if the certificate is in a foreign language.
If you have already married each other in a foreign country, you only need to marry again in this country if you think that the marriage is not legally recognised in the country where you were married. If you decide to marry here, you will need to provide any documents relating to the marriage when you give your notice. If either of you is not British, you should contact your embassy or similar authority for advice.
Please note marriage in this country, and even to a British citizen, gives no automatic right to remain here.
The minimum age for marriage in this country is 16 years. If either of you is aged 16 or 17 you will need to provide proof of consent to your marriage from either your parent(s), guardian(s) or the court(s).