When submitting the marriage notice forms to the registrar, you both must include:

  • Your birth certificate.
  • Evidence that you are a British Citizen. The easiest way to do this is to produce a full British passport. If you do not have a passport, evidence of the nationality of one of your parents will be required.
  • A decree of divorce or dissolution or annulment or a certified copy decree if you have been married or in a civil partnership before and the marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved or annulled. A decree of divorce or dissolution granted outside of Scotland must be absolute or final – a decree nisi is not acceptable.
  • The death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner if they are deceased.
  • A 'certificate of no impediment' if you live abroad. This may be needed to confirm that you are free to marry.

If any of these documents are in a language other than English, they must be translated.

These documents must be given to the registrar before the marriage. If time is getting short it is better to give notice and pass the documents to the registrar when they become available.

If you are not a permanent resident of the United Kingdom

If you are a national of a country outside the United Kingdom you are subject to the marriage laws of that country.

You must follow the normal procedure of giving notice to the Registrar in Scotland. You should also provide a 'certificate of no impediment' to show you are not married in the country you are a national of. If you do not have this certificate, it may not be possible for you to marry in Scotland.

If you have lived in the United Kingdom for the last two years or more you do not need to submit this certificate.

For more information, please contact your local registrar.

Are you subject to immigration controls?

If you visit Scotland to get married or register a civil partnership and are a national of a country outside the UK, you will need an entry clearance. The application form is available on the GOV.UK website.

Please check the UK Visas website if you intend to come to the UK to get married or have a civil partnership and settle here. If you have any questions, please contact the UK Border Agency Immigration Enquiry Bureau.

Registrars have a duty to report any marriage they suspect has been registered to evade immigration controls.