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Convert a Civil Partnership to a Marriage

You are now able to convert your civil partnership to marriage, but only if you registered it in England and Wales.

Overseas civil partnerships can be converted in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the laws of England and Wales).

There are two ways to convert a civil partnership into a marriage:

  • a simple administrative process called a 'standard conversion'
  • a two stage process where the conversion is followed by a ceremony

The Standard Conversion

This is a simple administrative process where you will both attend an appointment at any register office and complete a declaration with details about you and your civil partnership. The documents that you will need to produce include:

  • evidence of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  • evidence of your address - recent Council Tax or utilities bill
  • an original civil partnership certificate

A legal declaration will then be drawn up for you to both sign with the Superintendent Registrar.
If you wish you can choose to say the declaration wording aloud to one another before signing the conversion document. Your marriage is then registered and a marriage certificate will be issued. Please call us for an appointment Mondays to Fridays

A Conversion Followed by a Ceremony

There are two stages to this type of conversion.

The first part is where you will both need to attend an appointment at any register office and complete a declaration with details about you and your civil partnership. The documents that you will need to produce include:

  • evidence of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  • evidence of your address - recent Council Tax or utilities bill
  • an original civil partnership certificate

The second stage is the signing of the declaration, which can be followed by a ceremony and can take place at venues where same sex couples are able to marry. For example

  • register office
  • approved premises
  • religious buildings that are registered for the marriage of same sex couples
  • premises where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith or the Society of Friends is to immediately follow the conversion

The ceremony can be designed to suit you but we will provide an example ceremony for you.

Following the ceremony your marriage is registered, and a marriage certificate can then be issued. Your marriage certificate can either be collected or posted.

Fees and Charges

The fee you will need to pay will depend on whether you choose the standard conversion or the conversion followed by a ceremony. Ceremony fees are the same as listed for Marriages and Civil Partnerships and will depend on which Room or Approved Premises you book.

The full fee for the standard conversion is £46. But, you won't need to pay if you registered your civil partnership before Saturday 29 March 2014 (before you had the opportunity to marry). This free conversion is available until Wednesday 9 December 2015.

You will need to pay the conversion fee:

  • if you registered a civil partnership after Saturday 29 March 2014, or plan to register one in the future and then convert it to a marriage; and
  • after Wednesday 9 December 2015 - even if you registered your civil partnership before 29 March 2014

Please contact the City of Nottingham Registration Service to discuss and book an appointment.

Contact Us

The Council House Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT office.register@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Tel: 0115 841 5554

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