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Convert a civil partnership to a marriage

England is now in lockdown again. A number of businesses must close and there are more restrictions on meeting people. Find out what this means for you.

Couples in existing civil partnerships are able to convert them into a marriages. You'll be issued with a marriage certificate which will show your marriage as existing from the date of the original civil partnership.

You have the choice of:

  • a simple one-stage process at the Register Office involving the completion and signing of the declaration, and checking the evidence of name, date of birth, address and the civil partnership
  • a two-stage process where a Superintendent Registrar or their deputy can complete the signing of the conversion at another venue (any approved premises such as hotels, stately homes and religious premises which have been registered for the marriage of same-sex couples), which will allow the couple's family and friends to attend. A ceremony can follow immediately after or within 12 months of the date of the declaration

The fee for the one-stage process will be £45, with an £27 payable for a two-stage process. A ceremony, if chosen, will have an additional cost.

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