Civil Partnership Registration

Civil Partnerships give legal status to same sex couples in permanent relationships. You must each have lived in any district in England or Wales for seven clear days before the date you give notice of intention to register a civil partnership (this means that the notice is given on the ninth day).

To enter into a civil partnership the couple must be:

  • of the same sex 
  • over the age of 18 (or 16 or over with the necessary consent) 
  • not lawfully married or already a civil partner 
  • not within the prohibited degrees of relationship

A period of 28 clear days must elapse once notice of intention to register the partnership has been given before the partnership formation can take place.

Once the couple have signed the appropriate documentation in the presence of two witnesses and a registration officer the civil partnership is formed. There is no requirement for a ceremony as part of the process of forming a civil partnership but Bradford Council offers a ceremony to those couples who wish to have one.

Civil Partnership formations take place at the Register Office in Bradford and the Town Hall in Keighley with or without the addition of any form of ceremony.

It is also possible to form a civil partnership away from the Register Office at those venues which are approved by the local authority for civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnership formations. A list of these premises can be found on our Approved Premises page.

Documents you need to show

When you give a notice of marriage you will be required to produce certain documents, these include:

Evidence of name, date of birth and nationality

  • A valid passport 
  • A valid national ID card issued by an EEA state or Switzerland 
  • Certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British Citizen granted by the Secretary of State together with one of the following: 
    • Utility bill (dated within with 3 months) 
    • Bank, building society statement or passbook (dated with 1 month) 
    • Council tax bill dated within 1 year 
    • Mortgage statement dated within 1 year 
    • Current tenancy agreement 
    • Valid driving licence
  • UK birth certificate (born before 1st January 1983) together with one of the following: 
    • Utility bill (dated within with 3 months) 
    • Bank, building society statement or passbook (dated with 1 month) 
    • Council tax bill dated within 1 year 
    • Mortgage statement dated within 1 year 
    • Current tenancy agreement 
    • Valid driving licence
  • Full UK birth certificate (born after 1st January 1983) together with one of the following: 
    • Utility bill (dated within with 3 months) 
    • Bank, building society statement or passbook (dated with 1 month) 
    • Council tax bill dated within 1 year 
    • Mortgage statement dated within 1 year 
    • Current tenancy agreement 
    • Valid driving licence 
    • Evidence of either parents British citizenship or settled status at the time of birth (this can be birth certificate, passport or a registration/naturalisation certificate). If the evidence relates to the father, the parents marriage certificate must also be produced 
    • A deed poll or statutory declaration if you have changed your name by formal means

Evidence of address

One of the following must be produced showing the name of the person giving notice:

  • Utility bill (dated within with 3 months) 
  • Bank, building society statement or passbook (dated with 1 month) 
  • Council tax bill dated within 1 year 
  • Mortgage statement dated within 1 year 
  • Current tenancy agreement 
  • Valid driving licence 
  • A letter from the owner/proprietor of the address where the person giving notice has been resident for the seven days immediately prior to giving the notice. This must state that they are the owner or proprietor, their name and address, be signed and dated

Evidence of ending of previous marriage/civil partnership

  • Decree of divorce or nullity or dissolution of civil partnership granted in England, Wales or any court of civil jurisdiction in any part of the British Islands. If you were divorced abroad or your marriage was annulled abroad it will need to be the original divorce document issued by that country together with a translation if the document is in a foreign language. If the dissolution of civil partnership took place outside England or Wales we would need to see a certified copy of the final dissolution order together with a translation of the document is in a foreign language. 
  • Death certificate of late spouse or civil partner

Any supporting evidence to link the person giving notice to the evidence document produced (eg marriage certificate)

All documents must be original, photocopies are not acceptable.

Immigration Control

If you or your partner is subject to immigration control you will need to give your notices of intention to register a civil partnership to a Specified Office, although the signing (and optional ceremony) can take place in the Register Office or Approved Premises of your choice. We will be happy to give advice about Specified Offices if you require this.

You are not subject to immigration control if you are:

  • A British national a national of the EEA countries or Switzerland 
  • You have been granted permanent right of abode in the United Kingdom 
  • You are a member of visiting forces or certain international organisations.

If you have any questions or wish to make a provisional booking either to give notice of your intention to form a civil partnership or for the registration and/or ceremony please contact the Bradford and Keighley Register Office at City Hall Bradford or the Registrars at Keighley Town Hall. 

Civil Partnership to Marriage Conversion

As of 10th December 2014 couples can now convert their Civil Partnership into a Marriage. The standard procedure involves no ceremony and would take place at the Register Office. You would complete and sign a declaration in the presence of the Superintendent Registrar. No witnesses are required and there is a fee of £45 plus £4 for each marriage certificate required. (If your Civil Partnership took place prior to 29th March 2104 then, so long as the conversion procedure takes place before 9th December 2015, you would not pay the fee of £45) You would need to provide evidence of your names, date of birth and your civil partnership.

If you are wishing to have a ceremony to celebrate your Conversion, then you should contact the Register Office on 01274 432151 for more detailed information and fees.

Contact details

Bradford and Keighley Register Office
City Hall
Centenary Square
Bradford
BD1 1HY

Phone : 01274 432151
Fax : 01274 305139


Please note: Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership are by appointment only.

Monday to Friday:

9am to 4.30pm

Saturday:

By appointment only

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