Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

The Register Office has had to introduce emergency measures to prioritise services at this time.

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Online booking of appointments unavailable

Due to ongoing maintenance work online booking of appointments to register a birth or death is currently not available.

Please phone the service using 01204 331185 to book an appointment. The online system should be available again in the new year.

Important information

Please note the changes implemented to the Government IT system used to register births, deaths, marriage and civil partnerships has introduced system instability. This means that your appointment may take longer than usual or the registrar may need to complete a manual registration. Unfortunately in some cases we may be unable to issue a certificate at the time of the registration. You may also have to wait longer than usual for an appointment due to appointments having to be extended to cope with the IT instability.

We are sorry for any inconvenience or distress that this may cause. The General Register Office is currently unable to provide a timescale for when the system will be restored to a reliable and stable state.