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Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and in line with government guidelines, Derbyshire Registration Offices are currently running a reduced service resulting in a few offices remaining closed to the public.


The following offices are open to the public strictly by appointment only in order to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and keep everyone safe:

  • Chesterfield Register Office
  • Bakewell Registration Office
  • Ilkeston Registration Office
  • Ripley Registration Office
  • Swadlincote Registration Office

Please do not attend at any of our offices without a pre-booked appointment because will not be able to see you.

To register a death or still-birth

Please telephone one of our offices to arrange a telephone appointment to register a death or still-birth.

Birth registration appointments

Whilst we've resumed birth registrations at our offices, we'd like to ask parents to be very patient. More than 800 babies have been born in Derbyshire since February so there is a huge demand for appointments. If you do not need a birth certificate urgently, we can book an appointment but it may not be for 4 to 5 weeks. Initially, we're attempting to prioritise those born before June.

The legal requirement for you to register your baby within 42 days is not being upheld during this unprecedented situation.

You can still apply to claim Child Benefit or Universal Credit without a birth certificate.

If your baby was not born in Derbyshire we may not be able to register the birth in Derbyshire. Please contact the office in the district where you baby was born to make an appointment.

If your baby was born in Derby you can contact Derby City Council registration service.

You can also register your new baby with a doctor without providing a birth certificate if you have the child’s red book or their NHS number.

Marriages, civil partnerships or other ceremonies

Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies started again in Derbyshire from 4 July 2020. But before taking new bookings for 2020 we're rescheduling the ceremonies for those who had made bookings with us before 23 March 2020. Once that's complete, we'll be in a position to take new ceremony bookings.

There are now very strict government and Derbyshire Registration Service guidelines in place which must be adhered to with regard to ceremonies. Your local registration office can provide you with the full details.

Notice of marriage and notice of civil partnership appointments

Appointments can now be made for notices of marriage and notices of civil partnership but only at the offices that have reopened. If you're a Derbyshire resident, you can make an appointment at any of the offices that have reopened.

Citizenship ceremonies

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the period to book your citizenship ceremony has been extended to from 3 to 6 months. The Home Office have confirmed that delays caused by the outbreak will not affect your application.

Small group ceremonies are now being held on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings at Chesterfield Town Hall.

When you receive your Home Office invitation letter, please contact Chesterfield Register Office, where the registrar will be able to book your ceremony.