Converting a civil partnership to a marriage

If you're in a civil partnership you can now convert this to a marriage, through our registrar's service.

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

A standard conversion - this is an administrative process or;
A two-stage conversion - including completing the necessary paperwork followed by a ceremony.

You can choose the process that you would prefer.

A standard conversion

This is a simple administrative process. You’ll need to make an appointment for you both to complete a declaration about the details of your civil partnership. You’ll need to bring the following original documents

  •  proof of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  •  proof of your address - a recent council tax or utilities bill
  •  your original civil partnership certificate

We’ll draw up a legal declaration for you both to sign.  If you want you can say the declaration wording aloud to one another before signing the conversion document.  Your marriage will then be registered and you’ll get a marriage certificate. There will be a fee for this service.

A conversion followed by a ceremony

This is a two stage process which includes completing the necessary paperwork followed by a ceremony.

You’ll need to book an appointment for you both to complete a declaration about the details of your civil partnership. You’ll need to bring the original documents listed above for a standard conversion

Following this you can have a ceremony at the Town Hall or an approved venue, religious building or another place that is registered for same sex marriages. Your marriage certificate will be issued afterwards. There will be a fee for this service.