Legal requirements for getting married

Requirements for getting married in Edinburgh

Documents to be submitted

Everyone getting married must complete an M10 form. Along with this completed form, we will also need

  • birth certificate
  • passport
  • proof of address - dated within the last three months

If you have been married or in a civil partnership before, you must submit proof this has ended by also submitting a

  • divorce document
  • death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.

If you are not British you may also need to provide

  • a certificate of no impediment (CONI), a document from your home country stating you are free to marry

If you are travelling from a non EEA country and are non EEA national further documentation will need to be compleated please also download and complete a Declaration of Immigration Status Form.

You should contact the UK border agency for advice on entry requirements to the UK under immigration rules for marriage and civil partnerships.

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

If the documents are not in English, you must provide a certified translation along with the original documents.

When and how to submit paperwork

The legal paperwork needs to be submitted six to eight weeks before the date of the ceremony. However if you are a non EEA national you are recommended to give three months notice.

The forms are only valid for three months so please do not hand them in until you are within three months of the date of marriage.

You can submit the forms by post. Please remember to send all accompanying documents and fees with the correct postage.

All offices operate an appointment system if you want to bring them in person.

Civil ceremony

To book a ceremony in a registrars office just call your selected office directly to check available dates. You may be asked to pay a deposit. 

To be married in an agreed venue you need to contact the registrar. You will need to complete an AP1 form to book a registrar to come out to the venue on the day. The AP1 form is issued by the venue. You will need to pay the registrars attendance fee. Details of the fees can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

In Edinburgh our staff are on hand to help make your day special. We give you the option to individually tailor and personalise your own ceremony. We have amended ceremony booklets and of course you can talk to our staff at anytime. However there should be no religious content in a civil ceremony.

All paperwork is submitted six to eight weeks before the wedding along with any outstanding balance. After paperwork is complete its just a case of turning up on the day.

Religious / belief system ceremony

If you are being married by a religious celebrant or other belief system, paperwork is submitted to the registrar six to eight weeks before the date of the wedding. Details of the fees can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

It is up to you to contact the celebrant of your choice when you know where and when it is you want to marry. You will need to attend the registrars office the week of your wedding to collect the marriage schedule.

Conversion of a Civil Partnership to marriage

If you are already in a Civil Partnership and wish to take the administration route please contact the registrars office of choice to book a date and time. Please bring with you

  • Civil partnership certificate
  • Form of identification for both parties

If you wish wish to convert to marriage going through a ceremony please follow information from the top of this page.


City Chambers
The Quadrangle, 253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YP
0131 529 2600

30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4AE
0131 529 5520

South Queensferry
53 High Street, SOuth Queensferry, EH30 9HP
0131 331 1590

For more information including marriage of non British Citizens and marriage abroad please visit National Records of Scotland website.

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