The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which applies throughout the UK and came into force on 5 December 2005, allows same sex couples to register a civil partnership.
On 28 July 2020, the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 became law. This Act makes provision for mixed sex couples to register a civil partnership.
From 1 June 2021, it will be possible to submit notice of intention to enter a mixed sex civil partnership in Scotland. A notice period of 28 clear days is required, which means that mixed sex civil partnerships could take place from 30 June 2021 onwards.
While 28 clear days is the minimum notice period required, it is advisable for couples to give ten to twelve weeks’ notice of their intention to register a civil partnership, in order to allow sufficient time for the registrar to satisfy themselves that the parties are free to become partners.
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You will need to book a place, date and time for your civil partnership. You should also be aware that, whether you intend to have your civil partnership registered by a Registrar, or by an approved celebrant from a religious or belief body, you must by law submit notice forms and the associated documents, and pay the statutory fee, to the Registrar in whose district you intend to be civilly partnered.
You may find it useful to download the following documents about our requirements.
The RCP1 leaflet should answer most of your questions, but please bear in mind the following points:
Always telephone the selected local Registrar before filling in form CP10.
If you want to register a Civil Partnership, the Registrar will be able to help you choose a day and time, and tell you what fees you are likely to pay.
They will also confirm what form of payment the Registrar can accept.
Notice forms and accompanying documents should be sent to the Registrar for the district where the civil partnership will be registered.
Both parties intending to register the Civil Partnership should provide the Registrar with a postal address and a contact telephone number (and if possible, an email address).
You must post (not email) the completed forms to arrive approximately 10-12 weeks before the date of the intended registration of the Civil Partnership and certainly no later than 29 days before.
I want to register the Civil Partnership as a “surprise” for my partner. Is this possible?
Unfortunately, this is not possible as both partners are legally required to submit notice forms to the Registrar. This means that you must both independently complete and sign the declaration form (CP10).
Failure to give proper notice can result in the registration of the Civil Partnership being postponed or prevented from proceeding.
Can we have a ceremony?
If you would like a ceremony to form part of your civil partnership then please contact the Registrar for the area in which you intend to register your civil partnership. They will be able to explain to you what arrangements can be made locally. They can also confirm the words that might be used during the ceremony.
Arranging a Civil Partnership Abroad
You should contact the Consulate or Embassy for the relevant country for advice on what documentation will be required.
Registering a Civil Partnership Abroad
If you are registering a Civil Partnership in a country out with the UK, you may need to get your birth extract authenticated.
An authentication can be provided by National Records of Scotland for a fee. Please email the General Register for Scotland authentication of extracts section by using their Contact Form. They will be glad to help and will advise you of the current fee.
Please note that an authentication is not accepted by every foreign government and some ask for an apostille to be written on the back of an extract. If you require an apostille please contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 0370 000 2244.
Can we register our Civil Partnership in places other than a registration office?
Your Civil Partnership can be held in a registration office or at any other location of your choice, if it has been agreed to by the local council.
You should contact the registrar for the area you want your civil partnership to take place to discuss further details.