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We would like a family friend to perform our civil partnership ceremony. Is this possible?

We would like a family friend to perform our civil partnership ceremony. Is this possible?

The Registrar General can grant authorisation to register a civil partnership in Scotland to a celebrant affiliated to a religious or belief body, and who is supported by the office bearers of that body to conduct a civil partnership on its behalf.  

The following guidance lays out the details of NRS’s policy and procedures in regard to marriage authorisation. This policy also applies to celebrants wishing to officiate at a civil partnership registration.