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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Notice Documents

Each of you are required to provide certain identification documents to the Registrar at your notice appointment.

Any person who knowingly and wilfully gives false information to a registrar for insertion in a marriage or civil partnership register or makes a false declaration to secure a marriage or civil partnership is liable to prosecution for perjury.


  • All documents MUST be original
  • Photocopies are NOT acceptable
  • Any court issued documents MUST be stamped by the court
  • All necessary documents will be confirmed when you book your appointment
  • Failure to provide the correct documents may result in the cancellation of your appointment and the loss of your fee
  • A statutory fee of £35 or £47* per person is payable on booking your appointment

*Dependent on your nationality and immigration status.

To book your notice appointment at an East Sussex Register Office call 0345 60 80 198.


Evidence of Name, Age & Nationality

For British citizens this should be a valid UK passport or the following, dependent on your date of birth.

Date of Birth Evidence required
Before 1 January 1983

A United Kingdom birth certificate together with another document (e.g., valid photo card driving licence) to show use of your current name.

After 1 January 1983 Full United Kingdom birth certificate plus your Mother’s United Kingdom birth certificate or Father’s if your parents are or have been married to each other.
After 1 July 2006 Full United Kingdom birth certificate showing parents’ details and evidence of either parents’ British citizenship or settled status at the time of the birth (e.g, either parents’ full United Kingdom birth certificate (if the relevant parent was born before 1 January 1983), or passport describing the relevant parent as a British Citizen or indicating that he or she then had indefinite leave to enter or remain).


For Irish Citizens this should be a valid Irish passport.

For EU Citizens with Settled Status (EUSS) this should be a valid EU passport and an EUSS check code.

You can get a code to share with the registrar on the website: View and prove your immigration status - GOV.UK (

For EU Citizens without Settled Status and for all other nationalities, you should bring your passport and evidence of your appropriate Visa for marriage or immigration status.

Evidence of your address

One of the below.

Evidence type Notes
Council Tax Bill Dated within the last 12 months prior to your appointment
Utility Bill

Dated within the last 3 months. 

Cannot be a mobile phone bill or TV contract
Bank or Building Society Statement 

Dated within the last month

Valid UK Driving Licence 

This must show your correct home address.

You can be fined up to £1000 if you do not tell the DVLA when your address changes.

Change the address on your driving licence - GOV.UK (

Current Mortgage or Tenancy Agreement 

Dated within the last 12 months 


Evidence of the legal ending to any previous marriage or civil partnership

Evidence type Notes
The original court stamped Decree Absolute, or Dissolution Order issued by the County Court or High Court Family Division

If your divorce or dissolution is in another language, you will need to provide the original court document with an English translation.

Consideration of foreign divorce documents may incur an additional fee. Please call 0345 60 80 198 for details.
An original death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner

If you are not named on the death certificate, you will also need to bring an original marriage or civil partnership certificate.


Evidence of change of name

If you are using a different name to the one used on any of your supporting documents, then you must provide further evidence to link all your names.
This may be in the form of.

  • Previous marriage or civil partnership certificate(s)
  • Change of name deed(s)


To book your Notice at an East Sussex Register Office or if you are unable to supply all the relevant documents, call 0345 60 80 198.

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