Who can have a civil partnership
Civil partnerships are available to all couples, irrespective of gender.
In Jersey a civil partnership is considered of equal status as a marriage.
Not all countries recognise a civil partnership as a legal union. If you want to form a civil partnership but are considering living or buying property abroad, you should seek legal advice in the relevant country.
You can have a civil partnership if:
- you are aged 18 years or older
- it's solemnised by an Authorised Civil Celebrant or the Superintendent Registrar
- it's conducted in a location approved for civil partnerships
- it takes place between 8am and 7pm
How to get a civil partnership
Step 1: apply to form a civil partnership in Jersey
You need to apply to the Superintendent Registrar (SIR) to have form a civil partnership in Jersey.
To have a civil partnership in Jersey you must:
- be able to speak and understand English
- be over the age of 18 years
- be free to marry (i.e. not married or in a civil partnership with anyone else)
- not be related to your partner
- be able to indicate that you understand that you are applying to form a civil partnership
- be entering into a civil partnership willingly
Your application should be completed by yourself, your partner or a third party if you're using an event planner. You need to bring copies of all the required supporting evidence and submit your application a maximum of 12 months before your civil partnership day.
You need to bring the original documents or copies issued by the issuing authority in either English or French for both applicants:
- standard full birth certificate or adoption certificate from the original registering authorities
- valid, in date passport
- utility bill or bank statement for both applicants (dated within 3 months)
- all decree absolutes or dissolution documents (if applicable)
- death certificates of any former spouse (if applicable)
- enrolled deed poll (if applicable) unenrolled deed polls will not be accepted
We do not accept:
- shortened birth certificates (without parent/s details)
- laminated documents
- statutory declarations
- unregistered deed polls
Your application must include the:
- date and time of your civil partnership
- approved location of your civil partnership
- name of your civil partnership celebrant
If you don't live in Jersey, you need to state on your application whether you're an EU, EEA or Swiss national. If you're not an EU, EEA or Swiss National, we'll give you a letter confirming your provisional booking for marriage. This means that you can then apply to the Home Office to get your marriage visa.
The application costs £210.13, this includes giving notice. Once your application has been accepted we'll contact you to arrange payment.
Any fees paid to us are non-refundable.
Step 2: give notice to form a civil partnership
At least 8 weeks before your civil partnership day both you and your partner need to:
- sign the Freedom to Form a Civil Partnership Declaration
- complete a Notice of Intended Civil Partnership Form
You can do this at our office by appointment or we can send it to you. Once you have completed this we'll enter your details into the notice to marry book.
To give notice, you and your partner must have:
- lived at your current address for at least seven days before you give notice
- given original or certified copies of the required supporting evidence to us
- signed a Freedom to Form a Civil Partnership Declaration
- completed a Notice of Intended Civil Partnership Form
Step 3: we publish your notice to form a civil partnership
We will publish your notice to form a civil partnership at our office and on the gov.je website.
Step 4: request a civil partnership schedule
Once your notice to form a civil partnership has been published, we will arrange your civil partnership schedule appointment. The civil partnership schedule is the legal document that allows you to marry.
To get your civil partnership schedule you and your partner must visit our office 3 to 10 days before your civil partnership ceremony date to:
- sign a Signature Verifier Form
- have a photo taken of you both
- provide your Certificate of no-impediment or Certificate of Freedom to Form a Civil Partnership (if applicable)
- pay the Civil Partnership Schedule fee of £315.19 to £577.84 (depending on your venue and date of ceremony)
Once this is complete, we will issue the civil partnership schedule and three copies of your civil partnership certificate along with the Signature Verifier Form and photo to your civil partnership celebrant.
Any fees paid to us are non-refundable.
Changing your notice to form a civil partnership
You can make changes to the date, time or location set out in your notice to form a civil partnership if:
- it is more than 26 days before your civil partnership ceremony date
- you pay a fee of £52.53 (any fees paid to us are non-refundable)
Getting a civil partnership in special circumstances
If you need to form a civil partnership in special circumstances, contact us.
Special circumstances can include if either you or your partner are:
- detained in prison, in hospital, in other secure facility
Cancelling your civil partnership ceremony
If you wish to cancel your civil partnership ceremony, email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the date of your civil partnership, the full names of both parties and that you wish to cancel your application to form a civil partnership.
Ensure both parties are copied into the email.
We will advise by return email that your application has been cancelled.
All fees paid to date are non-refundable and cannot be carried forward for a future application