Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

From Monday 28th September the number of people permitted to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony has been reduced to 15. This maximum number must include the couple, witnesses and guests.  This number no longer includes anyone working and therefore no longer includes our Registration Staff. The venue and the room must be suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room must comply with social distancing rules.

Please click here for full details how a ceremony will look in Gloucestershire with the current government restrictions.

We will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

We are currently unable to take any new bookings for Ceremonies to take place during the remainder of 2020. This is due to the need to accommodate bookings that have been unable to go ahead due to the Government restrictions

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email

Face coverings guidance (Effective from 31st August 2020)

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

NHS Test & Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response. As of the 24th September all visitors to Gloucestershire County Council premises will be asked to voluntarily supply their details to NHS Test and Trace by the way of scanning a QR code on site. You will need to use the NHS Covid 19 App to allow you to do this. If you use an iphone, please download the App via the App store, if you use an Android phone please use Google play. It would be advisable to download prior to your visit to us.

If you are unable to download the App, your details will be requested on the day of the appointment by our staff.

Passport Name Change - PD2

If you are changing your surname and wish to travel abroad using your new name after your marriage or civil partnership, you can apply for a passport in your new name up to 3 months before your ceremony and after you have given notice of intention to marry.

To amend your passport before your ceremony you will need to complete a standard passport application and a Post-Date form 2 (PD2). 

The completed PD2 form then needs to be signed by the registrar or religious minister who will conduct the ceremony.  For guidance and to download a printable application form, please click here.  Please ensure that you include details of the passport office where your application is being sent to.


There is a £20 fee for this service, which needs to be paid beforehand. 

You will need the contact details given at the time of booking plus your ceremony booking reference number (which can be found on the booking confirmation email). 

Important:   If you are making a payment on behalf of the couple please enter their contact details and have their ceremony booking reference number to hand

Payment can be made by either debit or credit card.  Please note that we do not accept American Express as a method of payment.

Click make a payment and follow the instructions.


Send your completed PD2 form along with a stamp addressed envelope (SAE) to:

Cheltenham Register Office,

St Georges Road,



GL50 3EW

Once we receive your completed PD2 form, it will be signed and posted back to you, so that you can make your new passport application.  Please note that your old passport will be cancelled.  Your new passport is 'post-dated' and cannot be used before the ceremony. 


For further information please check the Government information here.

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