Civil partnerships

Two people can register for a civil partnership if they are:

  • of the same sex
  • 16 or over (with consent if under 18)
  • not already married or in a civil partnership
  • not closely related (parent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle)


  • to give notice of the intention to form a civil partnership: £35 each
  • to register the partnership in Poole Register Office: £45
There is a £25.00 booking fee for all weddings in the Guildhall and approved premises.

Conversion of civil partnership to marriage

There is now a provision for couples to convert their civil partnership to marriage if they wish to do so. 

You do not need to have had your civil partnership originally conducted in Poole.


  • couples will need to attend an appointment in person at Poole Register Office
  • they will need to provide evidence of their identity and civil partnership registration
  • the conversion will take place when the couple sign a declaration to confirm that they have not dissolved their civil partnership and confirming that they both wish to convert their civil partnership to a marriage
  • the declaration is signed in the register office
  • the conversion will be registered and a certificate of conversion will be issued

How to register a civil partnership

You can register your civil partnership at a Register Office, or at one of the venues approved for Marriage. You are not allowed to register your Civil Partnership at a religious venue.

Contact your local Register Office to make an appointment to give notice of your intention to register a civil partnership. Although you have to give Notice at your local Register Office, you do not necessarily have to register your Civil Partnership there.

28 clear days after giving your notice, you can register your partnership by signing a civil partnership schedule in front of the Registrar and your two witnesses. You can have a simple legal declaration and signing, or you may choose a special ceremony. Either way, you will need to bring 2 witnesses, who should be over 18 years of age.

Page last updated: 26 November 2018
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