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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 a marriage. This includes all civil partnerships registered according to the law of England and Wales (for example in a consulate or armed forces base overseas).

How do I convert my civil partnership to marriage?
There are two ways to convert a civil partnership into a marriage:

  • a simple administrative process called a standard conversion (one stage process) 
  • a two 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 charge of £50 to carry out this process, which includes one marriage certificate. There is a fee of £4 for each additional marriage certificate ordered before the conversion.

A conversion followed by a ceremony
There are two 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 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

The signing of the declaration can then be followed by a ceremony at venues where same sex couples are able to marry. For example:

  • The Register Office
  • approved premises
  • religious buildings that are registered for the marriage of same sex couples
  • premises where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith of the Society of Friends is to immediately follow the conversion

Fees apply to this service, please enquire with Somerset Register Office 01823 282251

Following the ceremony your marriage is registered, and a marriage certificate can then be issued. You can collect your marriage certificate or we can post it to you.

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