Marriages, civil partnerships and celebratory services

Civil partnerships - new legislation

Civil Partnership Conversion

The conversion process is administrative in nature and does not require a ceremony, guests or witnesses. Only the couple need attend the register office during office hours to complete the conversion. To book an appointment, please contact us on 0300 300 8089 or email us at life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Couples who have registered a civil partnership, or who register one in the future and subsequently wishes to convert to a marriage, will be required to pay the current full fee of £45.00. If you require a new certificate of marriage, please request this at this time and the certificate will show the date of marriage as the original Civil Partnership date. A statutory fee of £4.00 is payable for each certificate required and these will not be available until after the full conversion process has been completed.

You will both need to provide evidence of name, address and date of birth.

 a)  To establish name and date of birth, one of the following documents must be provided:

(i) United Kingdom birth certificate (together with another piece of evidence listed in this paragraph to establish current name, if changed since birth)

(ii) valid passport

(iii) valid EEA identity card

b)  To establish address, one of the following documents must be provided:

(i) utility bill dated no more than 3 months before the date on which it is received by the superintendent registrar

(ii) bank or building society statement dated no more than 1 month before the date on which it is received by the superintendent registrar

(iii) Council Tax bill dated no more than 1 year before the date on which it is received by the superintendent registrar

(iv) valid United Kingdom driving licence (full or provisional issued by the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands) (whether or not it was also provided under paragraph (a)

You will also need to provide your Civil Partnership Certificate.

Some couples may choose to have a separate celebration sometime after their conversion, or convert using a 2 stage option. If you decide to complete your application and declaration of conversion separately, there is an extra fee for this. We can discuss this when you call to make an appointment.

Contact details

Please email life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or telephone 0300 300 8089 for information. 

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