Converting a civil partnership to a marriage

If you're in a civil partnership you can 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 - completing the necessary paperwork followed by a ceremony.

You can choose the process that you'd prefer.

A standard conversion

This is a simple administrative process. You’ll need to contact us 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 utility 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's a fee for this service; see our registration charges page for details.

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 contact us to make an appointment for you both to complete a declaration about the details of your civil partnership. You’ll need to bring the same original documents as 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's a fee for this service; see our registration charges page for details.

You can book your ceremony for any date (apart from Christmas Day) but if the date you have chosen falls on a bank holiday the cost will be the same as a ceremony held on a Sunday.