Coronavirus advice for our registration office customers

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.

Certificates

Find out how to request a certificate.

Weddings and civil partnership changes

Please note that the number of attendees allowed in The Court House, Ampthill, or at any of our approved premises is dependent on the ability to comply with the social distancing measures in place on the date of your ceremony.

After 19 July 2021

In light of recent national changes, the registration service is pleased to be able to increase the maximum capacity for ceremonies at the Court House in Ampthill to 60 from 19 July 2021. This includes all guests, including children, and those working at the ceremony (for example a photographer). 

To ensure that staff and guests are kept safe when attending ceremonies, the Council is continuing to observe several measures to manage risk. Coupled together these measures reduce the normal maximum capacity to 60 in order to reduce the risks of meeting in a large group. Guests will not be required to socially distance but will be expected to maintain 2m social distancing from staff at all times. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been told to self-isolate must not attend. All guests are encouraged to complete a lateral flow test on the day of the ceremony and only attend if that test is negative. Face coverings are expected to be worn whilst indoors and guests will continue to be asked to scan a QR code upon entry to the Court House.

If you're not using The Court House, please contact your approved marriage venue to confirm the number of attendees.

Visit the government website for rules and guidance regarding weddings and civil partnerships taking place after 19 July.

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.

Registering births and deaths

Registering a birth

We are able to offer birth registration appointments, for Central Bedfordshire Residents only.

Find out how to book an appointment to register a birth.

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 stillbirth informant to provide details in person. This enables the information for the registration to be given over the telephone.

Citizenship ceremonies

We are now able to re-introduce face-to-face citizenship ceremonies.

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
  • only one guest is permitted
  • a dignitary will not be in attendance at the ceremony
  • we won't be able to offer refreshments or a photographer

Coroner

Despite the current restrictions, essential business such as that carried out by courts and tribunals is still continuing, albeit with appropriate safety measures being put in place.

The Court House, Ampthill is COVID-secure, therefore personal attendance at inquests is expected.

Numbers in the courtroom are limited to 12 plus the coroner and court officer.

Face coverings are mandatory for those attending and must be worn at all times in the building unless there is a valid exception, which should be discussed in advance (you will be permitted to remove your mask, should you wish to do so, when addressing the court).

Alternative arrangements will be made for attendees who are particularly vulnerable but supporting evidence will be required.