Update for Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Update for Period of National Restrictions

In order to support the UK Government’s Stay at Home message – only essential appointments will be undertaken

Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, from 5th January 2021 marriage and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances (for example, urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery).  In such circumstances, ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people, dependent on Covid-safe room capacity.  

NO receptions are allowed.

We are contacting couples with ceremonies booked during these restrictions to assist them in postponing, amending or cancelling their ceremony. 


Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

During the period of the National Lockdown we will only be taking essential Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership appointments.

Those couples who live outside of Gloucestershire should contact their local Register Office to find out what arrangements they have put in place for notices which need to be given.


High Volume of Calls

On Mondays and at certain times of the day (particularly 12-2.30pm) we may experience a higher volume of calls to book birth and death appointments and ceremonies. Please bear with us and we will do our best to answer your call as soon as possible. Alternatively you can book online for birth or death appointments


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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