When giving or sending the marriage or civil partnership notice forms to the registrar each of you must supply the following:
- Your birth certificate
- If you have been married or in a registered civil partnership before and the marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved or annulled, a decree of divorce or dissolution or annulment or a certified copy decree.
- A decree of divorce or dissolution granted outwith Scotland must be absolute or final - a decree nisi is not acceptable.
- If you are widowed, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.
- Evidence of your usual residence (e.g. valid driving licence; utility bill, not older than 3 months; bank statement, not older than 1 month etc).
- If you are domiciled outside the UK you may have to provide extra documentation. (For marriage, you may require a Certificate of No Impediment if your home is in a country outwith United Kingdom and you are subject to the marriage laws of that country.)
- Proof of Nationality
- A person born in the UK prior to 1983 obtains British citizenship automatically. Evidence of nationality that must be produced will be either a British passport or a birth certificate.
- For a person born in the UK after 1 January 1983, nationality is dependent upon the nationality of their parents at the time of the person's birth. A person who produces a birth certificate showing they were born in the UK on or after that date should produce a British passport or naturalisation/registration certificate from the Home Office. If this cannot be produced, evidence of the nationality of one of the parents will be required.
- People with nationality other than British will be required to produce a passport.
- If you are subject to immigration control you may have to provide extra documentation to that outlined above.
- If any of the above documents is in a language other than English, a certified translation in English must also be produced.
Do not delay giving notice simply because you are waiting for any of the documents mentioned above to come to hand.
If time is getting short it is better to give notice first and then pass the documents to the registrar when they become available, but they must be made available to the registrar before the marriage or civil partnership takes place. Provided the documents are in order the marriage or civil partnership can proceed as arranged.
If you are in any doubt about what is required, or if you need further information, you should speak to the registrar.
For Further Information Contact
Speirs Centre, Primrose Place, Alloa, FK10 1AD
Tel: 01259 723850 / 450000 Fax: 01259 723365