There are 2 ways to convert a civil partnership into a marriage:
- a simple administrative process called a standard conversion
- a 2 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.
There is a fee of £45 for the conversion.
There is a charge of £11 for each marriage certificate ordered before the conversion.
A charge of £27 for an appoinment will apply if you have a ceremony.
Payment can be made by debit card, credit card or cheque (made payable to Croydon council).
A conversion followed by a ceremony
There are 2 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 are listed in the standard conversion above.
The signing of the declaration can then be followed by a ceremony 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 couple
A separate fee is payable for the ceremony.
Following the ceremony your marriage is registered, and a marriage certificate can then be issued. The marriage certificate can either be collected or posted to you.
Croydon Register Office
Ground Floor Offices
Croydon Town Hall
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm (closed on the first Wednesday morning of every month for training)