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.

Certificates

We're issuing certificates from historical events. Find out how to request copy certificates.

Weddings and civil partnership changes

Until further notice, our registration service will not be taking any new bookings or holding any marriage ceremonies or formations of civil partnership at any of our approved venues.

This includes our own venues at The Court House, Ampthill and the Limes, Biggleswade.

We're following guidance from central government, the General Register Office and Public Health England.

We will contact any couples personally if their ceremony needs to be cancelled.

We're sorry that your important events are being cancelled; we know it's disappointing. We're doing everything we can to be ready for when the government says these events can take place again.

If you'd like to change arrangements already in place, please email life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. There will be no charge for postponing a marriage ceremony or a notice of marriage / civil partnership appointment.

Notices of marriage and civil partnership should be deferred until we are through the current pandemic.

We are currently not able to do any marriage ceremonies or civil partnership registrations, including those covered by the Registrar General’s licence act, 1970.

Giving notice of a marriage or civil partnership / booking an appointment

Following guidance from central government, the General Register Office and Public Health England, we cannot undertake notice of marriage or notice of civil partnership appointments at the moment.

If you have a booking in the coming weeks, we will contact you to cancel it.

We are doing everything we can to be ready for when the government says these events can take place again.

Registering births and deaths

Registering a birth

Birth registration appointments are now to be deferred until we are through the current pandemic.

We are doing everything we can to be ready to register births as soon as the government says we are able to.

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.

Citizenship ceremonies

No citizenship ceremonies are being organised until further notice. The period for customers expected to book a citizenship ceremony has been extended from three to six months from being sent an invitation from the Home Office.