The Civil Partnership Act 2004 does not set out a legally prescribed ceremony. You may have a simple registration with the Registrar and 2 witnesses; or you may prefer to opt for a ceremony. The Registrar will work with you in suggesting a suitable form of words. Your registration/ceremony can be conducted at our office or at a mutually agreed local venue. We can take bookings for a Registrar up to 2 years in advance. You must book a Registrar whether your registration/ceremony will take place in our registration office or a local venue. You can find out more information on fees on the price list webpage.
Please telephone or e-mail the Registration Office to make a booking. You will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit. You may pay by cash, cheque (made payable to West Dunbartonshire Council) or credit/debit card.
When the non-refundable deposit is paid, we will send a letter confirming your booking and a receipt for monies paid.
Around 3 months before your ceremony, we will post the Civil Partnership Notice forms and explanatory Civil Partnership in Scotland leaflet to you. We advise you to submit your completed forms, relevant documents and balance of fee payable to the registration office 8 weeks before the date of your ceremony.
Please note all Civil Partnership documentation must be submitted to our Dumbarton office.
The Registrar will contact you to arrange to meet with you to discuss your requirements. This is essential to finalise the legal requirements before your ceremony.
We operate an appointment system. Please telephone our office to make an appointment on 01389 738350.
In an emergency out of hours please telephone our registration office on 01389 738350 our answering machine will give you the Registrar's mobile telephone number.
West Dunbartonshire Council offers same sex couples civil partnership registration and civil partnership ceremonies in our office at Dumbarton and in Clydebank Town Hall, and also at other mutually agreed venues outside the registration office.
For further information on civil partnerships you can contact www.civilpartners.org
As of 16 December 14, couples can opt to convert their civil partnership to marriages using 1 of 2 routes. Further information can be found on the Civil Partnership conversion guidance page.