Legal requirements for a Civil Partnership

Requirements for a civil partnership in Edinburgh

Documents to be submitted

Everyone having a civil partnership must complete a CP10 form. This form needs to be completed along with the following

  • birth certificate
  • passport
  • proof of address - dated within the last three months 

If you have been married or in a civil partnership before you must submit proof this has ended by also submitting

  • divorce document
  • a death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.

If you are travelling from a non EEA country and are non EEA national further documentation will need to be compleated please also download and complete a Declaration of Immigration Status Form.

If you are travelling from a non EEA country and are non EEA national you should contact the UK border agency for advice on entry requirements to the UK under immigration rules for marriage and civil partnerships.

All documents must be originals and will be returned to you. We cannot accept photocopies or scanned copies.

If the documents are not in English, you must provide a certified translation along with the original documents.

When and how to submit paperwork

The legal paperwork needs to be submitted six to eight weeks before the date of the ceremony. However if you are non EEA national you are recommended to give the full three months notice.

The forms are only valid for three months so please do not hand them in until you are within three months of the date of marriage.

You can submit the forms by post. Please remember to send all accompanying documents and fees with the correct postage.

All offices operate an appointment system if you want to bring the paperwork in person.

Civil ceremony

To book a ceremony in a registrars office just call your selected office directly to check available dates. You may be asked to pay a deposit.You can download the fees for having a civil partnership in a registrars office below.

To hold a civil partnership in an agreed venue you need to contact the registrar. You will need to complete an AP2 form to book a registrar to come out to the venue on the day. You will need to pay the registrars attendance fee when submitting the AP2. Details of the fees can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

In Edinburgh our staff are on hand to help make your day special. We give you the option to individually tailor and personalise your own ceremony. We have amended ceremony booklets and of course you can talk to our staff at any time. However there should be no religious context in a civil ceremony.

Paperwork is submitted to the registrar six to eight weeks before the date of your civil partnership along with any outstanding balance. After paperwork is all complete it's just a case of turning up on the day.

Religious ceremony

If you are having a civil partnership by a religious celebrant or other belief system, paperwork is submitted to the registrar six to eight weeks before the date of the wedding. Details of the fees can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

It is up to you to contact the celebrant of your choice when you know where and when it is you want to marry. You will need to attend the registrars office the week of your wedding to collect the civil partnership schedule.

For more information please visit National Records of Scotland website.

    Registrars

    Lothian Chambers
    59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1RN
    0131 529 2600

    Leith
    30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4AE
    0131 529 5520

    South Queensferry
    53 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9HP
    0131 331 1590


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