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Converting a Civil Partnership to a Marriage

From 10 December 2014 couples who registered their civil partnership in England and Wales are able to convert their civil partnership to marriage.

 

How do I convert my civil partnership to marriage?

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

  • A standard conversion
  • A two stage conversion

Standard Conversion

This is an administrative process where you both attend an appointment at any Register Office. You will complete a declaration with details about you and your civil partnership.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of name and your date of birth – current passports or birth certificates
  • Proof of address – a recent council tax bill or utility bill
  • An original civil partnership certificate

You can choose to say the declaration aloud to each other before signing the conversion document.  Your marriage is then registered and a marriage certificate will be issued.

Two Stage Conversion

The first stage of the conversion is where you will both attend an appointment at any Register Office.  You will complete a declaration with details about you and your civil partnership. 

You will need to provide the following documents:

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

The second stage is a ceremony at a venue where same sex couples are able to marry.  You will sign the declaration at the ceremony, your marriage is registered and a marriage certificate is issued.  You certificate can be collected from the Register Office or posted to you after the ceremony.

 

Go to our fees page or contact us for more information.

 

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