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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 slightly 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
  • 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 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.

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

Whilst we've resumed birth registrations at our offices, we'd like to ask parents to be very patient. More than 900 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 trying to prioritise those born before August.

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 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 on 4 July 2020.

There are now very strict government and Derbyshire Registration Service guidelines in place for ceremonies. Your local registration office can provide you with the full details.

Whilst the government permits a maximum of 30 people to attend, Derbyshire Registration Service ceremony rooms cannot accommodate 30 guests. So numbers will vary across the county depending on ceremony room size.

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 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Chesterfield Register Office within Chesterfield Town Hall.

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