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Civil partnership

A civil partnership may only be registered by a registrar or an assistant registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General for Scotland for that purpose.

Who can register a civil partnership in Scotland

Any two persons regardless of where they live, may register a civil partnership in Scotland provided that:

  • both persons are at least 16 years of age on the day they wish to register their civil partnership
  • they are not related to one another in a way which would prevent their registering their civil partnership
  • each is unmarried or not already registered as a civil partner (any person who has already been married or registered as a civil partner must produce documentary evidence that the previous marriage or civil partnership registration has been ended by death, divorce, annulment or dissolution)
  • they are of the same sex
  • they are capable of understanding the nature of a civil partnership and of validly consenting to its formation

Civil partnership notice

What do I have to do?

Both parties to a civil partnership must complete and return civil partnership notice forms to the registration office for the district in which they intend the civil partnership to be registered

Where and when?

  • Civil partnership notice forms can not be submitted more than 3 months before the proposed civil partnership registration and not less than 29 days. Usual notice period is 10 to 12 weeks
  • Only in exceptional circumstances will the Registrar General authorise a civil partnership registration to take place if 29 days notice has not been given. Contact the General Register Office for Scotland for more information.
  • A civil partnership may take place in the Registration Offices in Barrhead and Giffnock. There are also licensed venues in East Renfrewshire where the registrar is authorised to conduct civil partnerships:pdf icon Civil marriage and civil partnership venues [49kb].

What do I need to provide?

  • both civil partners birth certificates
  • Proof of nationality - usually in the form of a current passport
  • If you have been married or in a registered civil partnership and the marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved or annulled a decree of divorce or dissolution or annulment or a certified copy decree. A decree of divorce or dissolution granted out with Scotland must be absolute or final. A decree nisi is not acceptable.
  • If your spouse or civil partner is deceased, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner
  • You must provide the names and addresses of your two witnesses 16 years of age or over
  • You will also need to pay the civil partnership fees: Marriage and civil partnership registration fees.

Please note that we do not accept photocopies of documents and if any of these documents are in a language other than English, a certified translation must be provided.

If you are subject to immigration controls, you may have to provide extra documentation to that outlined above.  If you are in any doubt about what is required, or if you need information you should consult the Registrar.

Civil partnership schedule

A civil partnership cannot proceed without the partnership schedule. This is the licence that allows the partnership to take place.

The schedule will not be issued prior to signing. The registrar will make it available for signature on the day. The partnership will then be registered and the schedule stored by the registrar.

Civil partnership certificate

After the civil partnership has been registered you can obtain copies of the civil partnership certificate from the registrar on payment of the appropriate fee:

Changing an existing civil partnership into a marriage

It is now possible to change an existing civil partnership into a marriage.  This can be done by the administrative route which involves making an appointment and both parties completing an application form in the presence of the registrar.  A copy of the marriage certificate can be provided for a statutory fee.

Alternatively you can change your civil partnership to a marriage by having a civil, religious or belief ceremony.

Please contact the registrar for more details on 0141 577 3008.


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