updated 08/07/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/06/2014 AT 9:35 PM ET
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.
“I’m marrying up,” the smitten actor said of his fiancée.
Reporting by LIZZ LEONARD and PHILIP BOUCHER