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Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and in line with health and safety measures in place, Derbyshire Registration Offices are running a slightly reduced service.

The following offices are open to the public, strictly by appointment only, in order to adhere to our health and safety measures and to keep everyone safe:

  • Chesterfield Register Office
  • Ashbourne Registration Office
  • Bakewell Registration Office
  • Buxton 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 we'll not be able to see you. Only those who are required for the purposes of the appointment may attend at our office, in line with our health and safety measures and to keep everyone safe.

To register a death or still-birth

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

The doctor who has completed the medical certificate of cause of death will scan the certificate to us so you should not attend at the medical practice or hospital to collect it.

Birth registration appointments

While we're able to offer a limited number of birth registration appointments at our offices, we ask parents to be very patient due to the high demand.

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 born in Derbyshire you can register at any of the Derbyshire offices listed. If your baby was born in Derby you can only register at the Ashbourne, Ilkeston, Ripley or Swadlincote offices. All appointments are subject to availability.

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

If you book an appointment at any of our offices, you will be reminded that only the person or persons legally needing to be present for the appointment will be given access to the office due to COVID health and safety restrictions so please do not bring babies or other children or people, to the offices. If you do not have childcare available to you, please postpone your appointment to a later date to help us keep everyone safe.

Marriages, civil partnerships or other ceremonies

In order to keep people safe and enable us to provide all of the statutory duties required of a registration service we're remaining cautious meaning there are certain restrictions in place in Derbyshire Registration Offices and ceremony rooms including limited capacity of attendees at ceremonies. Please check with the registrars where your ceremony is taking place to confirm the permitted numbers.

The legal requirement to wear a face covering has been lifted by the government but guests who are able to wear a mask are asked to do so in all communal areas of our buildings, at least until seated in the ceremony room.

Where possible, windows and doors will be opened to allow natural air flow and hand sanitisers will be readily available for use by all.

Additionally, as registrars come into contact with so many people at ceremonies and at registration appointments in the course of their day, we are politely asking that everyone present at ceremonies (including photographers and videographers) maintain a 2 metre distance from the registrars at all times.

Outdoor civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulation 2021 came into effect on 1 July 2021. To support the changes there is guidance for both couples and for venues.

If you've already booked a wedding or civil partnership ceremony at an approved premises venue, or are planning to, and now want it to take place outdoors, please consult with your venue as soon as possible to ensure that this request can be accommodated.

All Derbyshire approved premise venues will need to consult with their local superintendent registrar if they wish to host outdoor wedding or civil partnership ceremonies from 1 July 2021.

Citizenship ceremonies

Due to the pandemic situation, the period in which you can attend your citizenship ceremony has been extended from 3 to 6 months. The Home Office have confirmed that delays caused by the outbreak will not affect your application. The current process is:

  1. Once your application has been processed the Home Office will send you a notification letter informing you that your application has been successfully completed and that you will be receiving an invitation letter to attend a ceremony in due course.
  2. Please await your invitation letter before contacting the register office because registrars will not be able to assist you unless you have your Home Office invitation letter to hand.
  3. When you receive your Home Office invitation letter please contact Chesterfield Register Office tel: 01629 533111 to book your citizenship ceremony.
  4. Only the prospective citizen may attend and unfortunately no guests will be permitted. The ceremony will be as short as possible to reduce the risk of infection.