Manchester City Council

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Convert your civil partnership to marriage

You are able to convert your civil partnership to marriage, but only if you registered it in England and Wales, or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the laws of England and Wales).


How do I convert my civil partnership to marriage?

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

a)  a simple administrative process called a 'standard conversion'
b)  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. 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

The second stage is the signing of the declaration, which can be followed by a ceremony and can take place at venues where same sex couples are able to marry. For example

  • 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 or the Society of Friends is to immediately follow the conversion

The ceremony can be designed to suit you.

Following the ceremony your marriage is registered, and a marriage certificate can then be issued. Your marriage certificate can either be collected or posted.


Fees and charges

The fee you will need to pay will depend on whether you choose the standard conversion or the conversion followed by a ceremony.


Fee for the Standard Conversion

The fee for the Standard Conversion is £45.


Fees for the Conversion followed by a ceremony (two stage process)

There is a £27 fee for stage one of the process

The fees for stage 2, signing of the declaration and a ceremony at the Manchester Register Office are:

Monday - Friday - £144 
Saturday           - £194    

The Register Office is not open for ceremonies on Sundays or Bank Holidays


The fees for the registrar to attend for stage 2, signing of the declaration and a ceremony at an approved premises in Manchester are:

Monday - Saturday            - £244  
Sunday and Bank Holidays - £274  


The fees for the registrar to attend for the signing of the declaration at a religious building, registered for the marriage of same sex couples, or a premises where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith or the Society of Friends is to immediately follow the conversion, is £91.


Certificate Fees

The ceremony fees include the cost of one certificate. There is a charge of £4 for each additional marriage certificate ordered before the conversion or on the day.


Further information and booking

For more information, or to book an appointment for your civil partnership conversion, please phone 0161 234 5005 (option 3) or email registeroffice@manchester.gov.uk

Information is also available on the Stonewall website.

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