Civil Partnerships from 10 July 2020
Civil Partnerships can take place indoors.
It will be up to each venue to decide their precise opening date. They will have to carry out risk assessments to decide on the number of attendees at the ceremony, taking into account the public health advice. For a civil marriage the venue must be licensed by the Council as an approved place. The social distancing rules must be adhered to.
Civil partnerships can take place outdoors.
It will be up to each venue to carry out risk assessments to decide on the number of attendees at the ceremony, taking into account the public health advice. For a civil marriage the venue must be licensed by the Council as an approved place. The social distancing rules must be adhered to.
Civil partnership ceremonies are conducted by the Registrar and take place in the designated office venues or in another venue which has been licensed for partnerships.
Any two people, regardless of where they live, can register a civil partnership in Northern Ireland, provided that they are:
- Aged 18 or above on the day of your ceremony (consent is needed if either is aged 16 or 17)
- Unrelated to one another in a way that would prevent you from forming a civil partnership
- Free to enter into a partnership, for example, neither of you is already a civil partner or legally married
Civil Partnerhip Notice Form
You must complete a Civil Partnership Notice Form and return it along with other documents to the Registrar's office in the district where you plan to form your partnership.
Civil Partnership notice forms are available from any of our Registration offices and can also be downloaded at the link above.
Notice forms should be returned to the Registrar of the district in which you intend to marry, along with the relevant documents (listed below) and fees.
- Your full (long version) birth certificate (authorised photocopies are not acceptable)
- Your passport or national identity card (the Registrar can advise on alternatives if you do not hold either of these)
- A consent form if aged 16 or 17 (these are available from the Registrar)
- If you have entered into a civil partnership before, a court order of dissolution for that partnership
- If you have been married before and the marriage was dissolved, a certificate of divorce or annulment or a certified copy decree (decrees must be absolute or final)
- If you have been married more than once, only the documents for your most recent marriage are required
- If you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.
The registration offices in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt operate an appointment only system. To book an appointment call 03000 132 132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.