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Registrar appointments during the Coronavirus situation

Coronavirus: Important information

Please read the following information before progressing:

  • Death registrations – All death registrations are now over the telephone. You will not be required to attend the register office in person. Please see our death registration guidance page for more information.
  • Marriage and Civil Partnerships - Unfortunately we are not able to carry out any marriages or civil partnerships until at least the 1 June 2020. Please see our marriage and civil partnerships guidance page for more information.
  • Birth registrations - Unfortunately we will not be able to carry out any birth registration appointments for the next 21 days. This will come into effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020 onwards. You can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered. The 42 day requirement to register a birth has been relaxed and no action will be taken if you have not registered within that time frame.
  • Certificates - We are currently only able to process certificate applications where the certificate is required for urgent legal or administrative purposes. We can issue a maximum of 3 certificates per person only. We are not able to deal with applications for certificates for the purposes of family history research at this time. If you require additional certificates, you can order certificates from the General Register Office.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

Birth registration and ceremony appointments currently suspended

Further to the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 March, we are currently not able to offer appointments for the following:

  • birth registration
  • birth re-registration
  • new ceremony bookings (including marriages, civil partnerships, baby naming and renewal of vows)
  • notice of marriage and civil partnership

It is not possible to book an appointment for any of these at this time. Please check back when the social distancing measures have been lifted and we are again able to accept appointments.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

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