Notice of Marriage in Scotland

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Please note that the minimum period of marriage notice in Scotland is 29 days before the date of the marriage.

When you are planning your marriage, you are required to give notice to the Registrar of your intention to be married.

Everyone must complete a (M10) Marriage Notice Form and a Witness Details form.

You will also need original copies of:

  • birth certificates
  • proof of address for both applicants
  • passports (if born after 01/01/1983)
If you have been married or in a civil partnership before, you must submit proof this has ended by providing original:
  • divorce decree/dissolution of civil partnership
  • or a death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner
  • or a completed divorce questionnaire if divorce granted in a country outwith the UK.

All documents you submit must be originals and will be returned to you. We cannot accept photocopies or scanned copies.

When and how to submit paperwork

You need to submit the paperwork 10 to 12 weeks before the date of the ceremony. The Registrar is unable to accept (M10) Marriage Notice Forms more than 3 months prior to the date of your marriage. However if you are a non European Economic Area (EEA) national we recommend that you give three months notice.

You should contact us and make an appointment to come into the office as you will need to bring original documents along with your forms, if you are unable to attend the office then paperwork could also be posted to us. Please remember to send all accompanying documents and fees.

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Marrying Abroad

You may also need to give notice here if you plan to marry abroad. Ask the overseas authority if you will need a certificate of no impediment.