Converting Civil Partnerships to Marriages

Civil partnerships have been legal in the UK since 2005 but had declined in popularity following the introduction of same-sex marriage and are only available to same-sex couples.

The Government is considering scrapping them entirely.

Couples with a civil partnership have the option to “convert” their partnership into marriage.  

  • This is done either at a registry office or at a venue licensed for same-sex marriage. 

  • Some couples just want the certificate but others might like to hold a ceremony and make an occasion of it.

  • You’ll need your civil partnership certificate and identification. You’ll have to sign a Conversion into Marriage declaration with the registrar, too.

  • The certificate will be dated from the day of the civil partnership.
  • If couples don't want a ceremony, you'll pay £45 to convert the civil partnership and then a further £4 for the marriage certificate. Additional fees are applied if you choose a ceremony, too. 

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