George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Get Their Marriage License

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Get Their Marriage License
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exit the Carlyle hotel in N.Y.C. on March 19
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updated 08/07/2014 AT 08:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/06/2014 AT 09:35 PM EDT

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are one step closer to tying the knot.

The engaged duo have now secured their marriage license, PEOPLE confirms. The couple got their license in London, which is where Alamuddin, a star lawyer, is based. Photos show a notice posted publicly outside Chelsea Old Town Hall (a legal requirement for U.K. citizens) announcing that the two plan to wed. The notice, which has since been taken down, listed the wedding's location as Italy.

PEOPLE has learned that Alamuddin appeared for a brief interview at the town hall and that staff were disappointed she was not accompanied by Clooney, who is not a British citizen and thus was not required to be there.

The two plan to exchange "I do"s at a ceremony in Italy, and they've been spending much time lately in Lake Como, where the Oscar-winning actor has a villa. In July, Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, were spotted having dinner with his parents in the area.

The couple's respective mothers were also seen getting chummy and smiling while shopping together during their Italian getaway.

Clooney popped the question to Alamuddin in April, and, in a typical display of his charming, self-effacing candor, Clooney recently gushed to Variety about his bride-to-be.

"I'm marrying up," the smitten actor said of his fiancée.


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