When giving or sending the civil partnership notice forms to the registrar each of
you must supply the following:
- Your birth certificate
- A decree of divorce or dissolution or annulment or a certified copy decree if you
have been married or in a civil partnership before and the marriage or civil partnership
has been dissolved or annulled. A decree of divorce or dissolution granted outside
of Scotland must be absolute or final – a decree nisi is not acceptable.
The death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner if they are deceased.
- Evidence that you are a British Citizen. The easiest way to do this is to produce a full British passport. If you do
not have a passport, evidence of the nationality of one of your parents will be
- Evidence of your place of residence.
If any of these documents are in a language other than English, they must be translated.
These documents must be given to the registrar before the marriage. If time is getting
short it is better to give notice and pass the documents to the registrar when they
For more information, please contact your
Are you subject to immigration controls?
If you visit Scotland to get married or register a civil partnership and are a national
of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you will
need an entry clearance. The application form is available on the GOV.UK
Please check the UK Visas website if you intend to come to the UK to get married
or have a civil partnership and settle here. If you have any questions, please contact
the UK Border Agency Immigration Enquiry
Bureau. You can also contact them by calling 0300 123 2241.
Registrars have a duty to report any civil partnership they suspect has been registered to
evade immigration controls.