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Important Information


During Phase 2, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations can take place outdoors only.  (Scottish Government hopes that some indoor marriages and civil partnerships will be possible during phase 3.)

Members of three separate households, up to a maximum number of 8 people, are permitted to attend an outdoor wedding or civil partnership.  This allows the parties (who may not be part of the same household prior to marriage) and the witnesses to attend.  This limitation does not include the registrar/celebrant or any necessary interpreter.
To ensure the health and safety of all attending the celebrant or registrar will ensure physical distancing measures take place and that there are no more than eight people attending.

As of 10 June 2020, Glasgow Registration Service can now accept notice of marriage or civil partnership.

 

Please note however that at this time, we are not accepting new bookings for civil marriages and civil partnerships

Notice forms will only be accepted and lodged if;

You have a minister/celebrant etc. arranged to deliver your ceremony in Glasgow and require the Registrar's service to produce a schedule document permitting the ceremony to take place

OR

You have an existing booking to be married with Glasgow Registrars, in our office or by one of our Registrar's in a third-party venue.

AND

Your planned date of marriage is between 29 days and three months ahead of the arrival of your notice forms and documents at the City Chambers office.

We can only accept notice forms and their supporting documents by post - Address below.

Where a couple are unable to give the required 29 days notice (e.g. due to serious illness of one of the parties), then please email mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk for advice.

With effect from 3rd June the National Records of Scotland will also consider ceremonies where a marriage/cp visa will expire imminently, however these visas are extended to the end of July in certain cases. Information on the links below.

Please refer to our FAQs and the National Records for Scotland and the Home Office pages for more information.

Please post notices to: Registration Office,  Glasgow City Council, City Chambers, Glasgow G2 1DU

Please include your contact details and a member of our team will be in touch.

DO NOT HAND DELIVER NOTICES AND DOCUMENTATION- THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

What do I need to do?

Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.

Here you can find information and guidance on getting married in Glasgow. The minimum notice for marriage in Scotland is 29 days.

During this time we can only accept notices by post. Any visit to our office will be strictly by appointment only (arranged by the Registrar) and will only be for the collection of a Marriage Schedule for Religious/Belief Ceremonies

Please read the information contained in this section below prior to submission of Marriage Notices.

How to make an appointment?

We no longer accept face to face appointments for the submission of Marriage Notices. All Notices for ceremonies taking place in Glasgow must be submitted to us by post to:- Registration Service, Glasgow City Council, City Chambers, Glasgow G2 1DU

How and when to give notice of marriage?

If you gave notice of marriage before lockdown and your ceremony did not take place, those notices will be valid for a new date up to 31st December 2020. If your new date is next year then you will need to submit new notices no earlier than 3 months and no later than 29 days before the date of the ceremony - no further notice fees will need to be paid as we will carry the previous fee over to the new notices.

With the exception of above each party to a marriage must complete and submit a marriage notice NRS - M10 Form, along with the required documents and the appropriate fee, to the registrar for the district in which the marriage is to take place.

Timing is important. The notices must be submitted early enough to enable the registrar to be satisfied that you are free to marry one another. Normally notices should be handed in about 8 - 10 weeks before the marriage but if either party has been married before, the notices should be with the registrar 10 weeks beforehand. The minimum period is 28 clear days before the date of the proposed marriage, but if you leave things as late as this you could be faced with the need to postpone your marriage.

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Registrar General authorise a marriage to take place if 28 clear days notice has not been given.

Marriage notices can no longer be submitted in person. You can arrange to post them with photocopies of the appropriate documents(original documents must be submitted to the office before the date of the ceremony by arrangement with the Registrar) and fee in the form of a cheque or postal order made payable to Glasgow City Council to the address below.  Please ensure necessary contact details are included i.e. UK landline or mobile number and email address. When posting your paperwork please contact the office in advance to advise us at mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk

Address:

Registration Office
City Chambers
George Square
Glasgow
G2 1DU

The following information gives general guidance only and should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of the law.

What documents do I need to produce?

When submitting marriage notice forms to the registrar, each of you must supply the following:

  • your birth certificate;
  • your passport;
  • proof of current/usual residence - for e.g. Utility bill (not older than 3 months); bank/building society statement (not older than 1 month); most recent council tax bill; valid UK driving licence; letter signed by someone able to confirm period of residence at address e.g. relative accommodating individual (further supporting evidence may be needed);
  • a decree of divorce, dissolution or annulment if the person giving notice has previously been married or in a registered civil partnership and the marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved. A decree of divorce granted outwith Scotland must be absolute or final-a decree nisi is not acceptable;
  • if you are a widow or widower, the death certificate of your former spouse;
  • if your domicile is abroad, a certificate of no impediment issued by the competent authority to the effect that you are free to marry.
  • if any of these documents is in a language other than English, a certified translation in English must also be provided;
  • if you are a non EEA national further documentation will need to be completed. Please also download and complete a Declaration of Immigration Status Form Home Office.

Do not include original passports when sending notice to us by post-copies only-we will arrange to see originals prior to your civil marriage ceremony or in the case of a religious/belief ceremony, prior to issue of marriage schedule.

How do I pay?

When posting Marriage Notices to us please enclose a cheque made payable to Glasgow City Council for the appropriate sum i.e. £70 for a religious/belief marriage or minimum £125 for a civil marriage or civil partnership if booking fees have already been paid.

We cannot lodge notices if no fees are attached or contact details given to allow arrangements to be made for alternative payment by credit/debit card.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

There are no face to face appointments at this time for lodging of notice.

If you are having a religious or belief system marriage and have been asked by the Registrar to attend the office for collection then please be on time as we are operating strict physical distancing and H&S measures and can only have a limited number of people in the building at any given time.

Can I reschedule an appointment?

If you are having a religious or belief ceremony and have been asked to attend the office to collect the marriage schedule and are unable to keep the appointed time then please email mar&cpr@glasgow.gov.uk as soon as possible. We will have a very limited number of appointments and would welcome your assistance with keeping the time allocated.

Disclaimer

Should unforeseeable circumstances prevent my ceremony from proceeding as planned at the agreed date and time, Glasgow City Council shall not incur any liability. For the avoidance of doubt, unforeseeable circumstances include fire, flood, severe adverse weather conditions, casualty, lock-out, strike, labour disputes, industrial action of any kind, unavoidable accident, national calamity or riot, act of god, the enactment of any act of parliament or the act of any other legally constituted authority, any cause or event arising out of or attributable to war, or any other cause or event (whether of a similar or dissimilar nature) outside the control of Glasgow City Council.

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