Disruption to registrar services and appointments

We’re making some changes to our Registrar service, in line with government advice about reducing all public contact. The Register Office will be closed for all face to face appointments from Monday 30 March.

It's really important that you read the information on the relevant tabs on this page. These will tell you about the changes we've made to all registrar services including births, deaths and marriages.

We’re following government advice and will update this webpage as further information becomes available.

Please don’t call us, our phone lines are very busy. We're contacting everyone who has a booking that's been affected by these changes to offer advice and to rearrange, as necessary.

Death registrations

Due to advice from the government about reducing public contact we've suspended all face to face appointments to register a death at the Register Office. 

We'll now be registering deaths by telephone appointments and you won't need to phone us to arrange this. We'll be informed by the hospital or GP about the death and they'll send us a copy of the medical certificate. We'll then call you to make the appointment and explain what happens next. 

If you've already booked an appointment to register a death we'll contact you to arrange a telephone appointment.

We've temporarily removed our online form due to these changes. 

Weddings and civil partnerships

No weddings or civil partnerships will take place until the beginning of July at the earliest. We’re contacting anyone who has a booking between now and the end of June with a view to rearranging your ceremony.

We understand that this is very worrying, but please don’t call us, our phone lines are extremely busy. We will be getting in touch with everyone who has a booking that's been affected by these changes. 

We won’t be accepting any ceremony bookings to take place before 1 July 2020, either online or over the phone. 

You'll still be able to use our online form to book a ceremony from 1 July onwards, but this may be subject to change following government advice about COVID-19.

Notice of marriage

You won’t be able to make an appointment to attend to give Notice of Marriage between now and 4 May 2020. You can currently book an appointment online to take place after 4 May, but we may need to review this in line with government guidance about COVID-19.

We'll contact you if you've already booked an appointment to take place before 4 May. 

Birth registrations

We’ve taken the decision to suspend all birth registration appointments until 4 May 2020. We’ll contact anyone who has already booked an appointment to rearrange. This situation is under constant review and we'll be guided by further advice from the government about registering births. 

You can't currently book an appointment online to register a birth. We'll update this page when the service is available. 

Birth re-registrations

All birth re-registrations have been suspended until further notice. Please don't call us or try to book online, as we won't be able to arrange an appointment for you.  

Still birth registrations

We've suspended all face to face appointments to register a stillborn baby at the Register Office. 

If you've already booked an appointment up to 4 May we'll contact you to rearrange.

Copy certificates

Our usual copy certificate service has been suspended until further notice.

We’ll only produce a copy certificate in exceptional circumstances, please contact us for further advice if this applies to you.

Citizenship ceremonies

We're cancelling all citizenship ceremonies until further notice. We'll contact you if you were due to attend the next ceremony on 7 April. 

Due to COVID-19 changes to services you'll now have up to six months after your arrival in the UK to book your ceremony.