Arrange to get married in Powys

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In England and Wales, a civil marriage or civil partnership can take place at a registry office or at a building approved for civil marriages and civil partnerships.

In order to arrange a civil marriage or civil partnership, both you and your partner will need to give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership to the Registrar where you live. If you are marrying in a chapel or a church other than the Church in Wales you’ll also need to give Notice of Marriage to the Registrar.
 

You’ll need two witnesses for your wedding or partnership. These witnesses should be 18 years old or over.  If you’re using an interpreter, they will also have to act as a witness. 

As our Registrars normally carry out several ceremonies on the same day please note that if you are late for your ceremony it may have to be cut short to make sure the Registrar has time to travel to their next appointment.

If you wish your marriage or civil partnership to take place in Welsh, please contact us so that we can arrange for Welsh speaking Registrar.

 

From 10 December 2014 it is possible to change your Civil Partnership into marriage.  To arrange this, please call the Registration Office in Llandrindod Wells who can make an appointment at any of the offices in Powys on your behalf.

You will both be required to sign a declaration at the time of the appointment agreeing to the change and once it has been registered, a marriage certificate will be issued.

You will need to produce the following documents:

Valid passports
Proof of residence (eg utility bill, bank statement etc) for each partner
Your Civil Partnership certificate

If you’re a British subject and plan to get married abroad, you should first of all contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country concerned and check what their legal requirements are. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are meeting the legal requirements of that country.

You may need to get a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’. To get this, you’ll need to give notice in the usual way and the Certificate of No Impediment will be issued at the end of the waiting period.  Some countries may need a translation of the document or for it to be authenticated.  You can learn more from the https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad

If you or your partner is not a British national, please contact the Superintendent Registrar for more information as the rules may be different.

Couples who are subject to immigration control and who wish to get married or register a civil partnership in the United Kingdom can find information at the UK Border Agency website

People subject to Immigration Control can only give Notice of Marriage/Notice of Civil Partnership at certain designated register offices. For Powys, this is in Llandrindod Wells.  Other designated offices are located at in Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth, Swansea, Cardiff and Gloucester.

The law says that Registration Officers must report any marriage they suspect has been arranged for the sole purpose of evading immigration laws.

In order to arrange a civil marriage or civil partnership, both you and your partner will need to give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership to the Registrar where you live. If you are marrying in a chapel or a church other than the Church in Wales you’ll also need to give Notice of Marriage to the Registrar.
You will need to bring the following:

a) A valid British passport OR the full version of your British birth certificate – this is to confirm your nationality and also show that you are both over 18 years old. If you are between 16 and 18 years old you will need your parents’ consent.  If you were born on or after 1 January 1983, and don’t have a valid British passport, you’ll need to bring the full version of your own birth certificate and the full version of your mothers' birth certificate.

b) If either of you have been married or in a civil partnership before, you will need to bring either the original decree absolute or death certificate of your former spouse/partner. If you were widowed, you’ll also need to bring the marriage/partnership certificate

c) Evidence of your home address, such as a bank statement, building society passbook, utility bill or driving licence

d) The fee for each Notice of Marriage/Notice of Civil Partnership. This fee is set by law and is not refundable.

You must have been resident in the area where you give your Notice of Marriage/Notice of Civil Partnership for at least seven days. The Notices are valid for one year from the day they are issued.  After they have been issued they will be displayed on the notice board at the Powys Register Office, Llandrindod Wells for 28 clear days. If there are no legal objections to the marriage, your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead.

e)  From 02 March 2015 you must give a minimum of 28 days notice of your intention to get married.  If you are marrying a foreign national (other than a citizen of the EEA) the waiting period may be extended up to 70 days.

 

 

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