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Civil Partnerships

Forming a civil is an important and special occasion and there are many important decisions to make along the way before your special day.

Tameside has a lot to offer you and our Registration team, who have a wealth of experience, look forward to working with you to ensure that your ceremony is special.

Whether your ceremony is on a small or large scale, Tameside has something to offer you from the elegant Register Office ceremony room - The Denyer and Richardson suite - located on the ground floor in Dukinfield Town Hall, one of Tameside's most prestigious venues to a variety of 8 Approved Premises within Tameside which are licensed to hold civil partnerships.

Should you have any questions for need any further advice please do not hesitate to contact the Register Office

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Civil Partnership?

The Civil Partnership Act, which came into force on 5 December 2005, enables same sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship. Any couple that registers a civil partnership will have the same rights as a married couple in areas like social security, tax, workplace benefits and inheritance.

For more information on the implications of entering into a civil partnership, please write to:

Postal AddressCivil Partnership, Government Equalities Office, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET

Or visit the Government Equalities Office website Link to External Website

How do we arrange a Civil Partnership?

You need to make an appointment to give notice at the Register Office. Contact the office using the details at the bottom of the page.

How much notice do we need to give?

By law, in order to form a civil partnership, you must give notice. You cannot give notice more than twelve months before the date of the formation. The minimum notice required is 28 clear days, after which the partnership can be formed

Where can we give notice?

Notice must be given in the district where you live. If you live in Tameside you must give a notice to the Tameside Register Office. If either or both of you are from another district then you must each give the notice at your local Register Office. 

For an appointment please telephone 0161 342 5032 or visit our on-line appointment booking system.


What do we need to produce?

Ideally photographic evidence should be provided in the form of:

  • A current valid full passport or if unavailable
  • A photo driving licence and also a full birth certificate. If you were born after 1st January 1983 a copy of your mothers full birth certificate is also required.
  • A second document such as a recent bank statement, Council Tax bill, or utility bill, dated within the last 3 months.
  • If you have been widowed, the death certificate of your spouse.
  • If you are divorced, a decree absolute bearing the courts original stamp. (If you were divorced outside the U.K., contact the Register Office for advice.
  • Any documents relating to a change of name.
  • A completed parental consent form is you are under 18. 

What is the procedure for foreign (non EEA) nationals?

The Home Office requires all foreign Nationals (non European Economic Area) wishing to form a civil partnership to obtain a Certificate of Approval (COA) visa for Civil Partnership or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

If one of the partners is subject to immigration control, it will be necessary for both to attend together at a designated register office. Manchester Register Office has been given the status of designated office by the Home Office. A full list of designated register offices in England and Wales can be found on the General Register Office Link to External Website

When is a Civil Partnership Formed?

A civil partnership is formed once the couple have signed the Civil Partnership Schedule in the presence of two witnesses and the Civil Partnership Registrar.

Although a ceremony is not part of the legal requirement, Tameside Register Office offer a ceremony in which the legal signing will be included with a choice of vows.

Where can the ceremonies be held?

Ceremonies can be held in our ceremony room - the Denyer Richardson Suite which seats 35, and it is also possible to hold the ceremony in a range of selected venues throughout Tameside.

See our list of ceremony venues.

The marriage room for Tameside Register Office is located at the Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Click the thumbnails below to see the bigger pictures of Dukinfield Town Hall, and the Register Office.

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What will the ceremony involve?

The ceremony can be tailored to meet the needs of the couple. There is a choice of vows and music and readings can be added to enhance the ceremony. The Civil Partnership Schedule also contains a declaration that the couple must acknowledge when they sign it and which they can say to each other as part of the formation.

Forming a Civil Partnership at the Register Office costs £57.00 (although this is subject to change) – this includes £11.00 for your civil partnership certificate. Copies are available at a later date at a cost of £10.00. The fee for the ceremony is payable at the time of booking.

The fee to attend an approved venue is £315. (Subject to change) A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking and is deducted from the final fee.

For further information please contact us and we will be happy to offer help and advice.

How to convert your civil partnership to marriage

From Wednesday 10 December 2014 you will be able to convert your civil partnership to marriage, but only if you registered it in England and Wales, or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the laws of England and Wales).

The full fee for conversion will be £45. But, you won't need to pay if you registered your civil partnership before Saturday 29 March 2014 (before you had the opportunity to marry). This free conversion is available until Wednesday 9 December 2015. 

You will need to pay the fee:

  • if you registered a civil partnership after Saturday 29 March 2014, or plan to register one in the future and then convert it to a marriage; and
  • after Wednesday 9 December 2015 - even if you registered your civil partnership before 29 March 2014.

The process for conversion is:

  • You must both attend an appointment, in person, at a register office. Even if you didn’t have your civil partnership in Tameside, you can still come to Tameside for your conversion.
  • You'll need proof of identity and of your civil partnership registration.
  • The conversion happens when a couple signs a declaration that they've not dissolved their civil partnership and both want to convert it to marriage.
  • The declaration must be signed at the register office.
  • The conversion will be registered and a certificate of conversion issued.

To book an appointment for your civil partnership conversion, please phone 0161 342 5032

Non-official ceremony

There's no official ceremony attached to the conversion. You don't go through a marriage ceremony. However, you can choose to have a non-official ceremony after the conversion.

If you would also like to have a non-official ceremony please discuss the options with the member of staff when you book your appointment. The fee for the ceremony at the Register office is £57, which is payable upon booking and non-refundable. The fee to attend an approved venue is £315. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable upon booking and is deducted from the final fee.

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Dukinfield Town Hall
King Street
SK16 4LA
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