What surname to use, certificate issued, ceremony rehearsals, transgender and ending a civil partnership.
A person may want to take his/her partner’s surname when they form their civil partnership. The civil partnership certificate can be used as proof of his/her new name. Many government agencies will accept this as adequate proof. However, some private companies, for example, a bank, may ask for a different standard of proof.
A couple will receive their civil partnership certificate after their partnership is recorded in the electronic register. They can either have a full certificate which shows all the details of the civil partnership or an extract which does not show the address(es). The cost of the certificate if ordered and paid for before or on the day of registration is £3.50. The certificate will be issued at a later date.
If at any stage a couple want a further copy, the charge for this is £9.00. They can apply through the registration authority where they registered their partnership. They will need to provide enough details about both civil partners for the record to be identified and, if they want a full certificate, they must also provide their address. If a couple and their witnesses wish to sign and take away a commemorative certificate on the day of the registration/ceremony this can be arranged for a fee of £3.50.
We do offer group rehearsal evenings at the register office in Beverley. These are subject to enough people attending.
A member of a married couple who applies for a gender recognition certificate (GCR) cannot by issued with a full GRC certificate. Instead the Gender Recognition Panel must issue an interim GRC. Where an interim GRC has been issued and the applicant wishes to obtain a full GRC, the applicant must take steps to end his/her marriage or civil partnership within six months of the issue of the certificate. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the issue of an interim GRC is a ground for making a marriage or civil partnership voidable. This enables them to move from marriage to civil partnership without any break between the two.
There is more information about this process on the external Gender Recognition Panel’s website.
Justice - Gender Recognition Panel (external website)
A civil partnership will come to an end if you or your civil partner dies. If you want to end your civil partnership before one of you dies, you need to get permission from a court. There are different ways you can ask a court to end your civil partnership. You can ask the court to grant:
Yes, we can provide a bespoke renewal of vows ceremony.
Yes, by one of two options, a simple one stage procedure consisting of the preparation and signing of a declaration at any registration office
This is option 1.
There is no fee for this option for those who registered their civil partnership before 29 March 2014 (this waiver facility ended on 9 December 2015). A £45 fee applies for all other couples.
Option 2 is a two-stage procedure.
A written declaration is prepared at a registration office but, signed immediately before a celebratory ceremony at a place licensed for marriages. This second stage signing of the declaration can be carried out in East Riding of Yorkshire or any other registration district. The cost to all couples when using this 2-stage procedure is £27 plus the usual fee for a celebratory ceremony at your chosen venue.