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Civil partnerships

A civil partnership is currently a legal partnership for a same sex couple. It gives couples the same rights and responsibilities as those who choose to marry. Couples can simply sign the legal document (Civil Partnership schedule) with 2 witnesses or have a more grand affair with a full celebratory ceremony.

From 31 December 2019 civil partnerships will also be available to opposite sex couples. If you are in an opposite sex relationship and would like to form a civil partnership you are now able to book one for a date after 31 December 2019. Notice of Civil Partnership may be given from 2 December 2019.

Convert your civil partnership to a marriage

How do I convert?

Couples are now 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).

There are 2 ways to convert a civil partnership into a marriage:

  • a simple administrative process called a 'standard conversion'
  • a 2 stage process where the conversion is followed by a ceremony

View the fees for converting a civil partnership to a marriage.

Standard conversion

This is a simple administrative process where you will both attend an appointment at any register office, and fill in a declaration with details about you and your civil partner. The documents that you will need are:

  • evidence of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  • evidence of your address - recent council tax, utilities bill, or recent bank statement
  • an original civil partnership certificate

A legal declaration will then be drawn up for you to both sign along 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 2 stages to this type of conversion. The first part is where you will both attend an appointment at any register office or registration service point, and fill in a declaration with details about you and your civil partner. The documents that you will need are:

  • evidence of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  • evidence of your address - recent council tax or utilities bill or recent bank statement
  • 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.

Following the ceremony your marriage is registered, and a marriage certificate can then be issued. Your marriage certificate can either be collected or posted. There is a charge of £4 for each marriage certificate ordered before the conversion.

If you are in a civil partnership and are considering converting this to a marriage, please contact the register office for more guidance and information.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Register Office

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