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Ceremonies in East Sussex

What documents will I need?

Each of you will need to provide certain documents at your notice appointment.

These documents need to prove your name, age, nationality, address and that you are free to enter into a marriage or civil partnership.

Photocopies or electronic documents are NOT acceptable.


Proof of Name, Age & Nationality

For British citizens only

  • A current valid UK passport

If you do not have a valid UK passport please contact our ceremonies team 0345 60 80 198 who will advise you what documents you will need.


For EEA and Swiss nationals you will need to show one of the following

  • A current valid EEA passport
  • Valid national ID card (issued by an EEA state or Switzerland)
  • Valid travel document (issued by the Home Office)


Proof of address

Each of you will need to provide one form of address ID.

  • Most recent Council Tax bill
  • Utility bill (dated within the last three months)
  • Bank or Building society statement (dated within the last month)
  • Current valid UK driving licence
  • Current mortgage or tenancy agreement (dated within the last 12 months)


Evidence of legal ending to any previous marriage or civil partnership

Divorce or Dissolution

  • Original court stamped Decree Absolute issued by the County Court or High Court Family Division
  • If your divorce or dissolution was from outside England and Wales, you will need to provide the original court document with an English translation (if necessary)
    • Consideration of divorce documents can incur an extra cost. Please contact us to confirm 0345 60 80 198.

If you are using a different name to the one on the divorce or dissolution, then you must provide documents to link all your names. This may be in the form of a previous marriage or civil partnership certificate or a change of name deed.

Widowed or a surviving Civil Partner

  • Original death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner, and the marriage or civil partnership certificate if you are not named on the death certificate


Evidence of change of name

  • The original change of name deed or equivalent


All documents MUST be original physical documents

Photocopies are NOT acceptable

Any court issued documents MUST be stamped by the court

Failure to bring the correct documents may result in the cancellation of your appointment and the loss of your fee.

The registrar will confirm which documents are required when you book your appointment.


Please note a statutory fee of £35 per person is payable when booking your notice appointment. Please have your credit or debit card to hand when calling.

To book your notice please call us on 0345 60 80 198.

You can find further information here


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on 0345 60 80 198.


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