How we're supporting our registration customers during the coronavirus pandemic
Registration offices have closed with the exception of The Court House, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HX, which is open by appointment only.
Weddings and civil partnership changes
We resumed ceremonies from 4 July 2020, which includes the booking of new ceremonies.
From 28 September, up to 15 people will be allowed to attend a COVID-secure venue, reduced from the previous maximum capacity of 30 people. However, in order to comply with social distancing, this number may be less at some venues.
We have opened our venue at The Court House and are in a position to take new bookings at this venue only. The maximum capacity is currently 11, plus the couple to be married / form a civil partnership. All ceremonies are delivered in line with government guidance on social distancing.
We will contact any couples personally to advise of any changes.
If you'd like to change arrangements already in place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be no charge for postponing a marriage ceremony or a notice of marriage / civil partnership appointment.
Giving notice of a marriage or civil partnership / booking an appointment
If your marriage or civil partnership has been booked with the appropriate registration service, you can now book your notice, but you must leave at least 28 clear days between giving notice and your ceremony / formation and you can't do this more than one year in advance of your ceremony.
Registering births and deaths
Registering a birth
We are now able to offer birth registration appointments. Please note that there will be a higher than usual demand for this type of appointment due to our inability to register births over the last few weeks.
Registering a death or a still-birth
You can register a death or still-birth over the phone. Call us on 0300 300 8089 to book a phone appointment.
The Registrar General has removed the requirement for a death or still-birth informant to provide details in person. This enables the information for the registration to be given over the telephone.
We are now able to reintroduce citizenship ceremonies. We will contact all applicants whose certificates we already hold in order to organise a ceremony as soon as possible.
Ceremonies will comply with government guidelines relating to social distancing.
We'll be making the following changes:
- ceremonies will be restricted, to keep them as short as possible
- guests and dignitaries will not be permitted
- we won't be able to offer refreshments or a photographer
The time available for customers to book a ceremony has already been extended, from the normal three months, with the introduction of a six-month extension from the start of the lockdown date (23 March). This is to ensure that nobody is impacted by the delay.