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Converting your civil partnership into marriage

From Wednesday 10 December 2014, couples in a civil partnership are able to convert their partnership registration to a marriage.

Process

Couples wishing to complete a conversion will both be required to attend an appointment together at the register office.

There is no requirement to attend the office that registered your partnership or at the office for the district in which you live, this service can be provided at any register office and as such Hull Register Office welcomes enquiries from all couples.

Relevant documentation

When you attend the appointment both of you will be required to provide evidence of your name, address and date of birth. We will also require evidence of your civil partnership.

It is important that any documents supplied are from the list of acceptable documents below. If the documents supplied are not deemed acceptable we will not be able to complete the conversion. All documents provided must be originals as we cannot accept photocopies.

To establish name and date of birth, you must both provide a UK birth certificate and one other piece of evidence as listed below to establish your current name, if this has changed since birth -

  • valid passport
  • valid EEA identity card
  • valid driving licence with photograph (full or provisional)

If you are a non British or EU citizen please contact us for advice on appropriate documents.

To establish your address, you must both provide one of the following documents -

  • utility bill dated within the last three months
  • bank or building society statement dated within one month of date presented
  • council tax bill, dated within last year
  • valid UK driving license

To establish your civil partnership, you must provide -

  • a certified copy of your civil partnership entry 

Conversion appointment process

In order to convert your civil partnership into a marriage the registrar will first complete the declaration containing information about you both, having had sight of the evidence that you are required to supply. The declaration is then signed by you both and the registrar at which point your civil partnership is converted into a marriage. There is no need for any witnesses to be present.

You may want to speak some words to each other to acknowledge that your partnership is being converted into a marriage. If you would like to do this we can perform a basic ceremony in which you will be required to repeat the words that are included in the declaration. You will then be legally married.

Once the conversion has been completed details from the declaration are then registered in the register of marriages, this is an electronic register and it is when this has been completed that a marriage certificate will be issued. It may not be possible to record the conversion in the register whilst you are in the office, we will try and do this whenever possible on the same day but you may need to allow some time for this to be completed and return to the office to collect the certificate.

Venue

The declaration must be completed at a register office, however it can be signed at a different time and location. The declaration can be signed at the approved venues where is it is possible to register a marriage.

Find out about the approved venues in Hull

Opting to complete the conversion process in this way allows for a celebratory ceremony to take place immediately after the declaration has been signed. The declaration must be signed within 12 months of the date that the information was originally provided and the declaration made.

Ceremony options and fees

If you have opted for the simple one stage process you can still choose to have a renewal of vows or celebration ceremony at a date in the future.

A vows ceremony has no legal standing and therefore we can be a lot more flexible in the ceremony offered and where this can take place. With a renewal of vows it is possible to create a personal ceremony to suit you as a couple. We will be happy to discuss any of these options with you.

As a vows ceremony has no legal standing it is possible to have this ceremony at an alternative venue that is not an approved venue. Our highly experienced registrars will attend alternative venues and conduct a personalised vow ceremony, providing that a satisfactory assessment of your chosen venue has taken place beforehand*.
*An additional fee is payable for this assessment visit.

Find out more about the renewal of vows

If opting for the simple process at the register office the fee for a conversion is £45, however the government has announced that this fee will not apply for conversion appointments in the first year, for couples who registered a civil partnership before they had the opportunity to marry. For example those who registered their civil partnership before 29 March 2014.

If opting for the two stage process were you will complete the declaration but then sign it and follow this with a celebratory ceremony the fee for the first stage at the register office will be £27, a separate fee will apply for the second stage however this fee will be reduced by £45 in the first year. This fee will depend on the date, time and venue.

For couples who entered into a civil partnership after 29 March 2014 the full fee will be applicable. 

The fee for a marriage certificate is £4 on the day that the marriage is registered. This increases to £7 after the day of registration and remains at this level for around one month. This increases to £10 for any copies obtained after one month.

Contact us

Contact us for more information or to book a conversion appointment and or celebration ceremony. This can be done in person at The Wilson Centre or by emailing register.office@hullcc.gov.uk

Alternatively telephone 01482 300 300.

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