Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised through a civil partnership.

Arranging a civil partnership ceremony

Civil partnerships can take place at a number of venues in Wirral

Booking a date for your civil partnership ceremony

  • Call the Register Office on 0151 606 2020 to book a provisional date. Dates are available up to 2 years in advance.
  • There is a £39 non-refundable booking fee that must be paid at the time of booking. This can be paid over the phone by credit/debit card or in person at the Register Office
  • Your provisional booking will be held for three months
  • Once both partners have given their notice of civil partnership this will be used to confirm the booking
  • A ceremony is not a legal requirement. Once the couple has signed the Civil Partnership Schedule in the presence of two witnesses the civil partnership is formed.    

Giving notice of a civil partnership

Each partner must personally give a notice of civil partnership to the Superintendent Registrar. You should give notice in the district in which you have lived for at least 8 days prior to giving notice, even if you are having the ceremony or signing the register in another district.

If this is Wirral, call the Register Office on 0151 606 2020 to make an appointment.

You can give your notice a minimum of 28 days before signing the register and a maximum of 12 months before. The notice is only valid for the venue specified. If this changes you would need to give, and pay for, new notices. 

Cost for giving notice of civil partnership

£35 per person (£70 per couple).

Information you will need to provide

When you give your notice you will need to provide a number of documents:

  • A passport (or a birth certificate if a passport is not available)
  • If you were born after 1 January 1983 and you are providing a birth certificate you must also provide your mother’s birth certificate. 
  • Proof of address (a recent Council Tax bill, utility bill, bank statement or a driving licence dated no more than three months from the date of notice)
  • If either party has been in a marriage or civil partnership previously, you will need to provide evidence of the dissolution (a certified copy of the decree absolute)
  • If either party is widowed, you will need to produce a certified copy of the death certificate

Special licenses

If you or your partner has a terminal illness it is possible to get a licence to marry or form a civil partnership very quickly without having to give the usual statutory notices.

Call 0151 606 2020 for more information. 

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