Coronavirus advice for our registration office customers | Central Bedfordshire Council

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

Following the release of the roadmap by the government on Monday 22 February, we'll be following all government guidance surrounding marriages and civil partnerships, including number of attendees.

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.

From 15 June 2021

If you are to hold your marriage or civil partnership at The Court House, Ampthill, the maximum number of persons attending is 30 including the couple, this will remain in place until at least 19 July. If you're not using The Court House, please contact your approved marriage venue to confirm the number of attendees.

After 19 July 2021

Until the next review by the government, we aren't able to discuss attendee numbers or ceremony content for any ceremony due to take place on or after 19 July 2021. Please contact us in July for current advice: life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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. 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.

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 still-birth 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
  • guests and dignitaries will not be permitted
  • 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.