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Births, marriages, deaths and nationality

Marriage/Civil Partnership ceremonies

Marriages and Civil Partnership ceremonies are currently suspended whilst we are observing national lockdown restrictions.

However should there be exceptional circumstances such as; a serious illness and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery, then please email register.office@lbbd.gov.uk outlining your reasons why a marriage or civil partnership needs to take place as a matter of urgency. Proof of the reason you need to be married, may be requested. Ceremonies under the new guidance can take place with a maximum of six people. This does not include the Registration staff. 

We will update our website as soon as any changes are known and when ceremonies can resume.

Due to the very high volume of death registrations, Please, only contact the register office if you query is very urgent.

Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership appointments 

We will currently only be accepting urgent requests for Notice of Marriage appointments. 

If you require an urgent appointment for a ceremony that has been confirmed as going ahead, please let us know as soon as possible by using our Register Office enquiry form.

Please do not call the Register Office as we are receiving a high number of calls at present

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Register Office is following COVID secure guidelines to ensure the safety of all customers and staff. This means we can only have a limited number of people in the building at any time.

Unfortunately If you are 5 or more minutes late for any pre-booked appointment we will not be able to carry out the service you have requested.

No visitors to attend the Register Office without a prior appointment. Please note that children cannot attend the office until further notice. New born babies being registered can attend but this is not a requirement.

Please note that everyone attending the Register Office must wear a face covering (unless you have a medical reason not to do so) and may have their temperature taken. If you have a temperature or refuse to wear a face covering then you will not be able to enter the building.

We would like to make sure that everyone using the Register Office and our services are comfortable, safe and secure.

The council is committed to the protection of its staff and the community and will not tolerate violent, racist, sexist, homophobic or aggressive behaviour.

Any anti-social behaviour will be reported and the firmest possible action taken, including prosecution.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Copy certificates

Copy certificate application

Priority certificate application service is available online. There are no provisions for you to collect certificates in person from the Register Office at present.

Please note, you cannot order copy birth certificates for babies until they have been registered.

Group and Private Citizenship Ceremonies

Please do not call the Register Office as we are extremely busy at present.

If you have received an invitation letter from the home office, please contact using the Register Office enquiry form and we will contact you within 5 working days.

Please check this website for all up to date information.

For any other urgent queries only please contact us using the Register Office enquiry form.