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Convert a civil partnership to a marriage

There will be a change to your usual bin collection day on week commencing Monday 30 May, due to the extra Bank Holiday. Our crews will be working between Monday to Thursday and all refuse collections that week will move a day forward. View your bin collection calendar.

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.