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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 running a slightly reduced service.

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
  • 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 COVID-19 guidance and in order to keep everyone safe.

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

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(s) 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/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

Since wedding and civil partnership ceremonies resumed for everyone on 29 March 2021 there has been a phased approach to opening ceremonies:

  • step 1 - from 29 March 2021 wedding and civil partnership ceremonies resumed with a legal limit of 6 attendees
  • step 2 - from 12 April 2021 the legal limit increased to 15 attendees
  • step 3 - from 17 March 2021 the legal limit increased to 30 attendees
  • step 4 - from 19 July 2021 all restrictions may be removed

The social distancing capacity of the ceremony room is key in terms of how many people can be in the room 2 metres apart from each other or 1 metre plus at some of our approved premise venues.

Face coverings are required by law to be worn by all attendees at a wedding ceremony unless they are exempt. Exemptions include the couple being married or joined in partnership and those officiating at the ceremony, the exemption does not apply to those observing the ceremony who should wear face coverings throughout the ceremony. There is no legal requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors at a ceremony.

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.

Notice of marriage and notice of civil partnership appointments

Appointments for Derbyshire residents can be made for urgent notices of marriage and notices of civil partnership at any of the offices listed on this page.

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 (unfortunately no guests will be permitted) and the ceremony will be as short as possible to reduce the risk of infection.