CP Conversion to Marriage

Converting a Civil Partnership to a Marriage

Since the 10th December 2014, couples who registered their civil partnership in England and Wales can convert their civil partnership to a marriage. This includes all civil partnerships registered according to the law of England and Wales (including those registered in a consul 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'
  • 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.

    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 (as above).

    The signing of the declaration can then be followed by a ceremony at any of the following venues:

  • 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
  • There are fees applicable to this service, which will vary according to the date and venue of the ceremony.

    For further information about civil partnership conversions please contact one of our registration offices.