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Organising a civil partnership ceremony

​About civil partnerships

In Jersey, a civil partnership ceremony:

  • can only take place between same sex couples, both of whom are free to marry - heterosexual couples can enter into a civil marriage

  • is conducted by the States of Jersey Superintendent Registrar or one of her deputies or delegates

  • can only be conducted in the Register Office or an approved premises

  • cannot be performed in the open air

  • is not a religious ceremony and therefore must have no religious content (no religious music or readings)

Civil marriages

Organising your civil partnership ceremony

If you do not live in Jersey, even if you were born here, you will need to arrange your civil partnership ceremony by mail.

Organising a civil partnership ceremony from outside Jersey

Arrange the venue, and set the ceremony date and time

A civil partnership ceremony can only be performed:

  • at the Register Office

  • at venues officially approved by the Connétable of the relevant parish - these can include a private home if approved by the Connétable of the parish

If you're planning to have your civil partnership ceremony on a Saturday between May and September, you should check availability with the Superintendent Registrar before fixing the time with the venue.

Civil partnership ceremonies may only take place between 8am and 7pm and at the discretion of the management of the venue. 

Bookings for civil partnership ceremonies at the Register Office are made at half-hourly intervals and are usually between 11am and 1pm. It is possible to hold it at a later time on Saturday afternoons, at the discretion of the Superintendent Registrar. It's not possible to have a civil partnership ceremony at the Register Office on Sundays and public holidays.

List of approved premises in Jersey for civil partnerships

Book your civil partnership ceremony in the Register Office diary

You can book your civil partnership ceremony up to a year in advance. To book your civil partnership ceremony you need to go to the Register Office, taking:

  • the date, time and location of your civil partnership ceremony

  • your and your partner’s full birth certificates - these include your parents’ names

  • your divorce Decree Absolute / dissolution of civil partnership (if you've been married or in a civil  partnership previously)

  • the death certificate of your late spouse / civil partner (if you have been widowed or your civil partner has died)

  • support documentation if you have changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration

The documents must be originals or certified copies issued by a Register Office or court. Photocopies, scans or laminated certificates are not accepted.

All documents in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an officially-certified English translation. The Superintendent Registrar will need both the original document and the translation.  If you're not a British citizen or a citizen of a country which is a member state of the EEA, you need to check with the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service about your visa status before you go to the Register Office.

Once your appointment has been made the Superintendent Registrar will issue you with an appointment slip and ask you to contact the registrar of the parish in which you are holding your civil partnership ceremony, unless it is in St Helier.

Give notice that you intend to enter into a civil partnership

Giving notice is the first legal stage. The maximum period of notice is three months and the minimum is two clear weeks. If your civil partnership ceremony is only a few weeks away, it is likely you will give notice at the same time as making the appointment.

In order to give notice you must:

  • go to the Register Office in person - only one of the parties is needed

  • take the appointment slip given to you by the Register Office when you made the booking plus any other documentation you were instructed to take

  • pay the fee of £65

You will be entered into the civil partnership notice book, and your names publicly displayed in the Register Office. 

Collect your licence for civil partnership

Your licence for civil partnership can be issued a maximum of two weeks, and a minimum of two working days, before the ceremony. At least seven days of the notice period must have expired before you can collect your licence.

In order to collect your licence you must:

  • go to the Register Office in person - only one person is needed

  • pay the fee quoted on the appointment slip

  • take the appointment slip given to you by the Register Office when you made the booking plus any other documentation you were instructed to take

Usually, the licence is issued three working days before the ceremony. 

Meet the registrar

You need to meet the registrar of the parish in which your civil partnership ceremony is taking place in order to give them your licence for civil partnership. Normally, you should do this on the day on which you received your licence.

List of parish registrars​ 

You need to:

  • arrange to meet him / her before collecting your licence

  • take your licence for civil partnership together with all the papers handed over by the Superintendent Registrar

  • pay £60 in cash, or £80 if you require two certificates (in St Helier you can also pay by cheque, but not by card)

The Parish Registrar will prepare all the documents to be signed at the civil partnership ceremony and deliver them to the person conducting your ceremony.  S/he will enter your civil partnership in the register.

On the day of your civil partnership ceremony

Your civil partnership ceremony will be conducted by the Superintendent Registrar, her deputy or her delegate. S/he will have received all the documentation from the Parish Registrar. You will be presented with your civil partnership certificate(s) at the end of the ceremony.​​​​​

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