Births, ceremonies and deaths

Registration Service update

Death registration

We are offering telephone appointments for death and stillbirth registrations.

Birth registration

We are offering appointments to register babies born up to and including 30 May 2020.

We are currently experiencing very high levels of demand. Appointment availability is updated continuously on our online system, so if there are no appointments available, please do not call us, please continue to check the booking system.


Ceremonies of marriage and civil partnership formations can take place from Saturday 4 July 2020.

We are currently prioritising existing bookings made prior to lockdown, and not taking any additional bookings at this stage.

For Essex Register Office ceremonies, maximum attendance is 7 until further notice. This includes the couple, two registrars and two witnesses.

At community venues and approved venues, up to 30 individuals can attend the ceremony. This includes the couple, two registrars, two witnesses and any staff such as photographers. Couples will need to contact their venue to understand how many the venue can accommodate, while observing social distancing.

If you have a ceremony booked during July 2020, a member of the Registration team will be in contact with you.

Please be aware, we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries therefore please do not call. We will continue to update this page with service information. For all existing bookings up to 31 October 2020, we will proactively contact customers in priority order.

Notice of marriage or civil partnership

We are offering notice appointments for those couples who have ceremonies booked before 31 August 2020 and who need to give notice so that their ceremony can proceed.

We are proactively contacting couples by phone in priority order to arrange a notice appointment.

Keep up to date

Please check our coronavirus update page before calling about registrations. This will be updated as soon as any new information is available.