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Convert a civil partnership to a civil marriage

Anyone who has a civil partnership, formed in England or Wales, can convert this into a civil marriage.

Some couples who have formed civil partnerships may have chosen marriage had that option been available. This provision ensures that you will now have this option, although there will be no obligation to do so.

You can also change your civil partnership to a marriage at a later date irrespective of when the civil partnership was formed.

What is involved?

The couple will attend in person at any local authority for an appointment with a superintendent registrar in the register office.

There are two possible stages to this conversion

Single stage process, the couple:

  • attend an appointment as above
  • bring evidence of identity, proof of address and the original civil partnership registration certificate
  • will be required to sign a declaration to confirm that they have not dissolved their civil partnership, and that they both wish to convert their civil partnership into a marriage
  • have the conversion registered and a certificate issued
  • may opt to say the declaration wording aloud to one another before signing the declaration

The two stage process

For couples wishing to hold a celebratory ceremony at a Register Office, at an Approved Premise or in a Religious Building registered for the marriage of same sex couples, in addition to making the declaration:

Step One

  • the couple attend an appointment as above
  • the couple bring evidence of their identity, proof of address and the original civil partnership registration certificate
  • a legal declaration will be drawn up for signature at a later date, but not more than one year after the appointment

Step Two

  • the couple sign the declaration confirming they have not dissolved their civil partnership, and that they both wish to convert their civil partnership into a marriage – this must be done in front of a Superintendent Registrar (including those taking place in a Religious Building)
  • a ceremony can then be conducted by the Superintendent Registrar at the Register Office or Approved Premise, or by the minister for the Religious Building
  • after the ceremony the Superintendent Registrar will register the declaration online and a marriage certificate will be posted to the couple

Fees

Single stage process

  • The full fee for conversion at a register office is £45 plus £4 for each certificate requested at the appointment; certificates requested after the appointment are £10 each

The two stage process

  • Fee of £27 for step one of this process, payable by all couples when they attend the appointment to see the Superintendent Registrar and produce their required documents
  • Step two of this process at an approved premise or register office: fees as they apply for a celebratory ceremony at an approved premise or register office
  • Or if step two of this process will be at a Religious Building, before a celebratory ceremony, a fee of £91 will be payable for the Superintendent Registrar to attend for the signing of the declaration
  • £4 for each certificate paid for in advance, certificates requested after the ceremony are £10 each

Booking an appointment

We are taking bookings now so please let us know by calling 01454 863140 or email RegistrationService@southglos.gov.uk

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