Civil partnership

A civil partnership may be registered by a district registrar or an assistant registrar or a religious or belief celebrant who has been authorised by the Registrar General for that purpose or whose religious or belief body has been prescribed in regulations under the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

You can register your civil partnership in:

  • your local registration office
  • any place in North Ayrshire agreed by the couple and Registrar

The registration of a civil partnership by a religious or belief celebrant may take place anywhere agreed between the celebrant and the couple.

The National Records of Scotland website provides full guidance on Registering Civil Partnership in Scotland.

Who can register a civil partnership in Scotland

Any 2 persons, regardless of where they live, may register a civil partnership in Scotland as long as they meet the criteria as highlighted in the Registering a Civil Partnership in Scotland information leaflet RCP1 (PDF, 33kb).

Booking your civil partnership

It’s important to make early arrangements for the date, time and place of your civil partnership registration and ceremony. Find out about booking a civil partnership ceremony.

Submitting a civil partnership notice

By law both parties to a proposed civil partnership in Scotland are required to submit notice forms to the Registrar of the district in which the civil partnership is to be registered informing them of their intention to register a civil partnership.

Notice must be given in the 3 month period prior to the date of the intended civil partnership and not later than 29 days before that date.

Civil partnership notice form

You must each complete a civil partnership notice form, available to download here Civil partnership notice and guidance notes - Form CP10 (PDF, 94kb), or from any registrar in Scotland.

Return the completed forms to your Registrar along with:

What happens next?

Each person giving notice must sign the notice stating that the information on their notice form is correct. As a safeguard against bigamy, a further check is made by the National Records of Scotland.

The Registrar will publish details on the list of intended civil partnerships which is displayed in Irvine Registration Office.

The civil partnership schedule

When the Registrar is satisfied the civil partnership can go ahead, a civil partnership schedule will be prepared. A civil partnership cannot go ahead without a civil partnership schedule. The schedule must be signed by:

  • both partners
  • the person carrying out the marriage
  • the 2 witnesses aged 16 years or over

Certificate fees

Up to 1 month after your registration: £10

Thereafter: £15

Please note that there is an additional £1 administrative charge for posting certificates.