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The Civil Partnership (Registration and Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

These Regulations amend the Civil Partnership (Registration Provisions) Regulations 2005 (“the 2005 Regulations”), the Gender Recognition Register (Marriage and Civil Partnership) Regulations 2015 (“the 2015 Regulations”) and the Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016 (“the 2016 Regulations”).

  • The 2005 Regulations make provision about the registration of civil partnerships and include prescribed forms. Regulations 2 to 14 of these Regulations amend the 2005 Regulations and make related transitional provision.

    The 2005 Regulations currently provide for the issuing of certified extracts and certified copies of entries on the civil partnership register. A certified extract does not include the addresses of the civil partners, but a certified copy does. Certified copies are only available to the parties themselves (when their civil partnership is formed) and to persons who are able to provide the full addresses of both civil partners. This is subject to exceptions which enable the Registrar General to authorise the issue of a certified copy where it is reasonable to do so and allow for unrestricted access to certified copies when 50 years have elapsed since the formation of the civil partnership. Regulations 3(a), 6 to 10 and 11(3)(g) of these Regulations remove the provision made by the 2005 Regulations for the issuing of certified extracts, and provide for certified copies to be issued (on payment of a fee) to anyone who provides the Registrar General or registration authority with the information about the civil partnership in question that they have obtained by searching the indexes of register entries. The amendments do not affect the parties’ existing entitlement to obtain a certified copy. Regulations 12, 13 and 14 make transitional provision relating to the availability and status of certified extracts, and the availability of certified copies, on and after 4th May 2021 (the date on which the amendments made by these Regulations come into force).

News, published: 15/04/2021

Published: 15/04/2021


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