When you attend the Register Office, you will need to observe social distancing and wear personal protective equipment.
You can choose to have a:
- standard conversion
- a conversion with a ceremony
If you are not having a conversion ceremony, then you only need to attend the Register Office once.
Both you and the partner must:
- attend the Register Office
- complete a declaration with details about your civil partnership
How it works
- The registrar will check the required documents – if you fail to provide any of the required documents, it may not be possible to complete your conversion.
- You and your partner will then sign the conversion declaration to confirm you have not dissolved your civil partnership, and that you both wish to convert your civil partnership into a marriage.
If you wish you can choose to say the declaration wording aloud to each another before signing the conversion document.
- After you sign the declaration, your conversion will be registered and a new marriage certificate will be issued.
No witnesses are required at this appointment.
Certificates cost £11 and can be ordered on the day of the conversion. After registration, you can buy additional certificate copies for £11 each.
Conversion with a ceremony
We are planning to recommence ceremonies sometime in August for those already booked. Your choice of room may no longer have the same seating capacity as before due to restrictions. If you are choosing another venue, you will need to contact them to find out what restrictions are in place. For more information and updates, read GOV.UK's guidance on small marriages and civil partnerships.
You can have a marriage ceremony on the same day as your conversion, or on a different day after it.
After your conversion appointment, you can have a marriage ceremony at a venue where same sex couples are able to marry.
Venue options are: