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 has remained closed for all face to face appointments since Monday 30 March.

We are currently working through the process to be able to open this service again very soon. We want to make sure that when services start again both the public and our staff are safe during this time.

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. 

After your appointment you'll be able to order and pay for up to two death certificates, either online or over the phone. We'll post them out to you within five days of receiving your order. 

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

Weddings and civil partnerships

The government has announced that small weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can take place from 4 July 2020. There will be restrictions in place, including a limit on the number of people who can attend the ceremony, and social distancing measures will apply.

We recommend that you read the government guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships, it explains all of the restrictions and measures. 

If your ceremony is due to take place before 30 September we'll already have contacted you to discuss your options. This could include rearranging to a later date, if that's what you would prefer. Our registrar service can also advise you about the new guidance, to help you to make a decision about whether you  want your wedding to go ahead. 

If your ceremony is in approved premises, such as a hotel or museum, you'll also need to contact the venue. They may need to make some changes to your ceremony, due to this latest guidance.

We still won't be accepting any new ceremony bookings to take place before 1 October 2020, either online or over the phone.

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

Notice of marriage

In March we suspended our appointments for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership until further notice, in line with government guidance about reducing contact with the public.

If your ceremony is due to take place up to 30 September this year, and you haven't already given notice of marriage, we'll contact you to arrange an appointment. 

We're sorry, but we can't offer appointments yet to anyone whose ceremony is after 30 September. We'll update you here and on social media when there are more appointments available.

Birth registrations

We suspended birth registrations in March, in line with government advice about stopping face-to-face appointments.

The Registration Office in the Town Hall will open from Monday 13 July for birth registrations only. There will some restrictions in place to enable us to work as quickly and safely as possible. You can read more about these on our birth registration page. You won't be able to register a birth at one of our other offices for the time being.

We're giving parents with babies born up to 30 April the opportunity to register their child's birth first. If your baby was born after 30 April, you won't be able to book an appointment. Please revisit this page, or follow us on social media for further information about when we'll be releasing more appointments for babies born from 1 May onwards.

The quickest way to book an appointment is to use our online form. It will be open for you to make an appointment on Friday 10 July, for appointments from Monday 13 July.

Please read the information on this webpage about registering a birth, including the restrictions and guidance in place, you'll also find the link to our online form here.

You can still claim Child Benefit if you've not been able to register the birth of your child.

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

You can register the birth of a still-born baby over the phone. We'll usually be notified by Barnsley Hospital and will contact you to arrange a telephone appointment. Please contact us if we haven't called you to arrange a time to register your still-born baby. 

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. 

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.