Legal formalities for civil partnerships

Legal requirements for the registration of civil partnerships.

Giving notice of civil partnership

You will need to give notice of your civil partnership in your local registration district. If you and your partner live in different areas, you will each need to give notice in your own registration district.  If you or your partner are subject to immigration control you must both give notice together in the district in which one or both of you live.

A nationally-set, non-refundable fee is payable for each notice of marriage.

Booking an appointment

You will need to give notice of your marriage in your local registration district. If you and your partner live in different areas, you will each need to give notice in your own district.  If you or your partner are subject to immigration control you must both give notice together in the district in which one or both of you live.

If you wish to book a notice appointment in Oxfordshire, we have registration offices in Oxford, Banbury, Witney, Bicester, Abingdon and Didcot. Please contact us to request an appointment.

If you live outside Oxfordshire, please contact the register office in the district in which you live to book an appointment.

Documentation

As with all legal events, you will be asked to produce documentation, including the following:

Proof of identity

British citizens, born before 1 January 1983

  • A current valid British passport OR
  • Birth certificate and photo ID, OR
  • Naturalisation certificate and photo ID

British citizens, born on or after 1 January 1983

Please produce one of the following:

  • Current valid British passport, or
  • Naturalisation certificate and photo ID or
  • Full birth certificate and photo ID with evidence of current name, together with evidence of your parents' nationality (passport or birth certificate). If both parents were born on or after 1 January 1983, you will need to bring evidence of your grandparents’ nationality (passport or birth certificate).

Irish nationals

  • Current valid Irish passport

Nationals with EU Settled Status (EUSS)

People who have been granted settled or pre-settled EU Settlement Status or have a pending application for EU settlement submitted before 30 June 2021.

  • Current valid passport
  • Your nine character alpha-numeric share code to prove your EUSS. 

The share code should be generated prior the appointment on gov.uk and you will need details of the identity document you used when you applied for EUSS.  This code is valid for 30 days. If you are unable to provide a valid share code during the appointment, or if it confirms that you do not have EUSS, you will be referred to the Home office and the waiting period for your civil partnership may be extended to 70 days. You will also be required to provide a photograph for you and your partner and the fee for the notice will increase to £47 per person.

Important - please note that EEA ID cards can no longer be accepted as proof of identity, name, age or nationality.

Foreign nationals

Foreign nationals are defined as people who are not British Citizen or Irish Citizens and who have not been granted EU Settled Status (EUSS) or have a pending application for EUSS submitted before 30 June 2021. If you or your partner are a foreign national, you must give notice together in the registration district in which one or both of you live.

If you are a foreign national, in addition to proof of full name, age, nationality and address you will also need to provide evidence of your settled status in England and Wales. If you are unable to provide this, you will be referred to the Home office and the waiting period for your civil partnership may be extended to 70 days. You will also be required to provide a photograph for you and your partner.

Acceptable documents are listed below:-

  • Current valid passport or
  • Valid Home Office Travel Document

Proof of Settled Status

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain/Enter or
  • Civil Partnership visa
  • Note: If you do not have or cannot provide evidence of settled status in England and Wales then contact us.

For detailed information, visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Proof of residence

You need to provide one of the following dated within the last three months:

  • Council tax bill (current year)
  • Household bill (dated within last three months)
  • Bank statement(dated within last month)
  • Valid UK driving licence
  • A letter signed by the owner/occupier of the house who is able to confirm your residence over the previous seven days

If you've been in a civil partnership or marriage before

If you have been in a previous marriage or civil partnership, you will need to bring with you one of the following types of documentary evidence to show that the union has ended and that you are now free to register a civil partnership:

  • a Decree Absolute (following divorce) or
  • a dissolution certificate (from a previous civil partnership) or
  • a death certificate (if your former civil partner or spouse has died).

All divorce or dissolution documents must have the original stamp of the issuing court. Some overseas divorce/dissolution documents may have to be referred to the General Register Office for clearance (with a certified translation if appropriate) and may take longer than the minimum 28 days' clear notice.

A fee will apply for clearing a foreign divorce/dissolution.

If you're under 18 or have changed your name

If one or both of you are under the age of 18 years, or have changed your names, you will need to provide one or both of the following documents:

  • Evidence of change of name (deed poll / statutory declaration).
  • Consent, if under 18 years of age and not previously married or in a civil partnership.

Original or certified copies of documents are needed. Photocopies are not acceptable.

Interpreters

All registrations and ceremonies are conducted in English, so if either one of you cannot speak or understand English then you must provide an interpreter. Please discuss with the registrar who takes your notice of civil partnership, to be sure the legal requirements are met.

Witnesses

You will require two witnesses who can speak and understand English. They can be friends or relatives and be 16 years or over.