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Convert a civil partnership to a marriage (Easy Read)

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If you are in a same-sex civil partnership, you can convert it to a marriage.

How to convert your civil partnership 

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You need to go to an appointment at a registration office.

This appointment will be with a registrar.

At the appointment, you will sign a legal document called ‘the civil partnership conversion declaration’.

This document means that you have converted your civil partnership into a marriage.

You can go to any registrar office in England and Wales for this appointment.

Find out more about registration offices in West Northamptonshire.

What to bring to your appointment  

Forms of identification

You need to bring documents that have your:

  • names and ages – passport or birth certificate, along with any name change documents
  • address – Council Tax bill, bank statement or photo ID UK driving licence

You must bring original copies.

You also need to bring your civil partnership certificate.


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It costs £45 to convert your civil partnership to a marriage.  

This fee is subject to change by the government. 

How to apply

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You can apply to convert your civil partnership by completing the form below.  

We aim to contact you within 10 working days. 

Celebrate your conversion to marriage 

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After your civil partnership has been converted, we can arrange a ceremony.  

There is an additional fee for the ceremony.  

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You can also choose a 2-stage option for converting your civil partnership.  

First, your documents are checked at an appointment with a registrar.

Then you sign the legal document at a separate ceremony.

Find out how to plan your ceremony.

There is an additional fee for the ceremony part of the conversion.

If you choose this option, your marriage certificate would be available when the full conversion process has finished.

How to book a conversion ceremony 

Last updated 10 June 2024