Changes to our services

Births, ceremonies and deaths


Our registration service remains open on a restricted basis.

Three registration offices are open – Chelmsford, Colchester and Harlow.

All other offices are closed due to government instructions to close public libraries and gathering places. This includes Basildon Registration Office.

Register a birth

Appointments to register births are being deferred.

You can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before the registration of a birth.

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

If you have a ceremony due to take place in the coming weeks, our registration team will contact you.

Appointments to give notice of marriage or civil partnership are being deferred.

New bookings for marriages or civil partnerships will not take place until 1 July 2020. New ceremonies will not take place before 1 September 2020. This is to allow time for coronavirus to peak and for rescheduling booked ceremonies.

Weddings at Cressing Temple Barns and Essex Record Office

Weddings at Cressing Temple Barns and Essex Record Office are suspended until the end of June 2020 at the earliest.

We will not be taking any new bookings for 2020 and 2021 at this time.

Citizenship ceremonies

No ceremonies can currently take place, but existing citizenship certificates have been extended by the Home Office from 3 months to 6 months.

Register a death

You can book an appointment to register a death.

Funerals can take place, attended by immediate family only.

Register a stillbirth

You can book an appointment to register a stillbirth. Please call us on 0345 603 7632 to arrange an appointment.

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