Converting A Civil Partnership Into A Marriage

Provisions within the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allow civil partners to convert their relationship into marriage

You can convert your civil partnership to a marriage in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area even if you didn't have your civil partnership ceremony here.

How the conversion process works

  • You and your partner attend in person, by appointment.
  • You and your partner provide evidence of your identity, current address and your civil partnership certificate.
  • The conversion takes place when you and your partner sign a declaration to confirm that you have not dissolved your civil partnership and that you both wish to convert your civil partnership to a marriage.
  • The declaration is signed in the statutory register office. You don't have to 'give notice' and there is no requirement to have a ceremony attached to the conversion, but we are happy to provide one tailored to you.
  • The conversion will be registered and a certificate of conversion issued.

You're not required to go through a marriage ceremony. However, you may of course choose to have a celebration ceremony after the conversion, in a location of your choice.


The statutory fee for a conversion is £45.00 plus £11.00 per certificate required.

Payment can be made by cash or debit/credit card.

Celebratory ceremonies with Bournemouth Registration Service

If you'd like to mark your conversion with a celebratory ceremony, we are taking bookings now.

The ceremonies start from just:

These ceremony rooms are all in our historic Town Hall.

For all other venues, the fee is £541 Monday-Saturday or £591 Sundays & Bank Holidays.