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Get a civil partnership

How to get a civil partnership

If you want to enter into a civil partnership in Jersey, you’ll need a licence, issued by the Superintendent Registrar.

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 but cannot enter into a civil partnership
  • can't take place if either your or your partner are under the age of 16
  • can only take place if you are 16 and 17 if you have written consent from each of your parents or guardians
  • is conducted by the States of Jersey Superintendent Registrar or one of her staff
  • can only be conducted in the Office of the Superintendent Registrar or a location approved for civil partnerships
  • can’t be performed in the open air
  • is not a religious ceremony and therefore must have no religious content (no religious music or readings)

Getting your civil partnership licence

Once you have decided on the date you would like to have your civil partnership ceremony, you should go to the Office of the Superintendent Registrar to make a booking. Only one person is needed to make the application.

If you don’t live in Jersey, you should email the Superintendent Registrar at SIR@gov.je

Cost of civil partnerships

Approved premises may have extra charges.

All fees and charges are subject to regular increases.


​Cost if notice is given in person
​Cost if notice is given by non-Jersey resident

​Civil partnership ceremony in the Office of the Superintendent Registrar; total fees depending on the time of the ceremony

​£260 to £360:

£70 notice
£130 to £230 licence
£60 certificate
​£390 to £490:

£130 booking fee
£70 notice
£130 to £230 licence
£60 certificate
​Civil partnership ceremony in other approved premises; extra charges may apply
​£275 to £295:

£70 notice
£145 to £165 licence
£60 certificate
​£405 to £425:

£130 booking fee
£70 notice
£145 to £165 licence
£60 certificate

How to pay

Cash or debit cards are accepted in person. Those applying from outside the island may send a cheque made payable to 'Treasurer of the States'.

Fees will be charged at each stage of arranging your civil partnership ceremony, you cannot pay in advance.

The Superintendent Registrar does not give refunds of a Booking, Notice or Licence fee.

Your civil partnership ceremony

Arranging the venue

A civil partnership ceremony can be performed at: 

  • the Office of the Superintendent Registrar
  • venues officially approved by the Connétable of the relevant parish - this can include a private home

Civil partnership ceremonies may only take place between 8am and 7pm. 

Bookings for civil partnership ceremonies at the Office of the Superintendent Registrar are at hourly intervals and can hold a maximum of 30 people.

Booking your civil partnership ceremony

You can book your civil partnership ceremony up to a year in advance.

To book your ceremony you need to take the following to the Office of the Superintendent Registrar:

  • the date, time and location of your civil partnership ceremony
  • you and your partner’s full birth certificates - these include your parents’ names
  • change of name documents if applicable (Eg Deed Polls)
  • 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)
  • translations into English if any of the above documents is in a language other than English or French, accompanied with the original.

The documents must be originals or certified copies issued by the Office of the Superintendent Registrar, similar authority from another country or court. Photocopies, scans or laminated documents are not accepted.

Giving notice to enter 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’s likely you’ll give Notice at the same time as making a booking.

In order to give Notice you must:

  • go in to the Office of the Superintendent Registrar - only one person is needed
  • bring  any documentation you were instructed to provide
  • pay the fee of £70

Your notice will enter into the civil partnership notice book, and your names publicly displayed online and in the Office of the Superintendent Registrar.

Collecting your licence for a civil partnership

You can collect your licence for civil partnership a maximum of two weeks, and a minimum of three 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 in to the Office of the Superintendent Registrar - only one person is needed
  • bring any documentation you were instructed to provide
  • pay the fee

Meeting 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.

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 (in St Helier you can also pay by cheque)

The Parish Registrar will prepare all the documents to sign at the civil partnership ceremony and deliver them to the person conducting your ceremony.  They will enter your civil partnership in the register.

Your civil partnership ceremony

The Superintendent Registrar, her deputy or her delegate, will conduct your civil partnership ceremony. They will have received all the documentation from the Parish Registrar and you’ll receive your civil partnership certificate at the end of the ceremony.

Arranging a civil partnership for non-Jersey residents

It is advisable to start the process at least two months before the date of your civil partnership ceremony. You can make the initial arrangements by email or by standard letter, but you must pay fees and deliver documentation by post.

You’ll need to provide the following details of both you and your partner:

  • your full names
  • your address/es
  • when you would like to have your civil partnership ceremony
  • where you would like to have your civil partnership ceremony

Non-EU or EEA citizens

If you (or your partner) are not UK citizens or citizens of member states of the European Economic Area (EEA), make sure you observe the laws in your own country, so that your civil partnership in Jersey is recognised there. You should seek the advice of the consul for your own country. 

If you’re a citizen from outside the EU or EEA, and you wish to enter into a civil partnership with a British citizen, you should make sure your immigration status allows you to do so.  You must also check that you have the necessary immigration clearance before coming to Jersey.

Information for non-EU / EEA nationals visiting Jersey

Recognising civil partnerships from other countries

If you have entered into a civil partnership overseas, which satisfies the conditions set out in Schedule 1 of the Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012, you’ll be recognised in Jersey as civil partners.

Two people of the same sex, neither of whom are already in a civil partnership or lawfully married, must have registered the relationship with a responsible authority in a country or territory outside Jersey.

List of equivalent relationships by country or territory

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