Register office service changes due to the current coronavirus situation

Redbridge Register Office is open on a limited basis. Admission to the office will be strictly by appointment only. Deaths will continue to be registered by telephone.

Birth Registrations

Due to unprecedented circumstances we are only able to offer limited appointments every week. As appointments can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance, we would advise you to keep trying with our Online booking. 

 

We hope to resume a normal service soon but cannot commit to a time-frame due to the current pandemic. 

 

Please be assured the 42 days to register a birth has been relaxed temporarily. 

 

Ceremonies - Marriage and Civil Partnerships

Are ceremonies happening?

Following the Government announcement on 22 February ceremonies will be resuming in this order: 

  • From 29 March, ceremonies can take place with a maximum of six people 
  • From 12 April, ceremonies can take place with a maximum of 15 people 
  • From 17 May, ceremonies can take place with a maximum of 30 people (capacity will be based on a review of social distancing measures and may be lower to accommodate)
  • From 21 June, restrictions on guest limits are expected to be lifted (capacity will be based on the venue licence restrictions pre pandemic)

Reopening businesses and venues in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Please refer to the COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships available on gov.uk published on 22 March

Marriages and civil partnerships are subject to social distancing.

We must stress that these dates are subject to change and depend on the success of the lockdown exit strategy announced by the Government.

Cancelled ceremonies will be rebooked initially and given priority from 29 March before we are able to make any new bookings.

Please be aware the dates shown below may be subject to further extensions or changes. For this reason, we are  not able to guarantee the numbers that may attend your ceremony, nor the ceremony content allowed, until we receive confirmation at each stage from the Government.

Earliest possible date How many can attend What's allowed
From 29 March 2021 6

6 attendees includes the couple and all guests, including children and babies.

Anyone working at the ceremony such as the registrars and premises managers are in addition to number of attendees allowed.

Covid-secure ceremony protocol  will apply, which means that your ceremony will be very short and subject to several restrictions.

From 12 April 2021 15

15 attendees includes the couple and all guests, including children and babies.

Anyone working at the ceremony such as the registrars and premises managers are in addition to number of attendees allowed.

The COVID secure risk assessment for the ceremony room may mean that the room capacity will be less than 15

Couples should assume that Covid secure ceremony protocol  will continue to apply.  This means that the ceremony will be very short and subject to several restrictions.  We do anticipate that the Government will introduce further easements as part of its ceremony recovery plan, but we do not know when this will be.

From 17 May 2021 30

30 attendees includes the couple and all guests, including children and babies.

Anyone working at the ceremony such as the registrars and premises managers are in addition to number of attendees allowed.

The Covid secure risk assessment for the ceremony room may mean that the room capacity is less than 30.

We do not know what restrictions or limitations will apply to ceremony content.  When we receive further information about this we will update these pages.

From 21 June 2021 No limited on numbers other than what's specified
within a venue's risk assessment

Number permitted in the room will include everyone in attendance including the registrars, bridesmaids or photographer.

 

We do not know what restrictions or limitations will apply to ceremony content.  When we receive further information about this we will update these pages.

Certificates

Online certificate requests will be posted and you will not be able to collect in person.

Please note there are currently Royal Mail delivery delays.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Due to the disruption caused by coronavirus, all citizens have 6 months from the date of their invitation letter to attend a ceremony.

All email enquiries will be responded to within 3 weeks.

We are able to offer virtual ceremonies through Microsoft teams and you must be in the UK for your ceremony.

On completion of your ceremony your certificate will be posted by Royal Mail special delivery.

To book your ceremony you must have a Home Office invitation letter/email. We are not able to book a ceremony on approval/decision letters and any emails received with the incorrect letter will not be responded to as a priority.

If you have received a Home Office invitation, to book a ceremony forward your Home Office invitation by email to citizenship@redbridge.gov.uk with your full name and telephone number.

We are receiving a high number of email enquiries and are not able to respond as quickly as we would like to so please do not email in multiple times as this delays responding to everyone sooner. Once you have submitted an email request you should wait for us to call you.

 

Death Registrations 

All deaths are being registered by telephone appointment.

For deaths that occurred in Redbridge the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be emailed by the hospital, care home or GP to the Register Office. Relatives do not need to collect this certificate.

The green certificate for burial or cremation will be sent electronically to the funeral director, crematorium or cemetery office.

To request a telephone appointment please complete https://eforms.redbridge.gov.uk/book-a-telephone-appointment-to-register-a-death/

For deaths that occurred outside of Redbridge we are not able to register by declaration and you will need to contact the Register Office in that district.

Notice of Marriage and Civil Partnerships

Appointments for notices of intention to marry and to enter into civil partnership are currently not available to book online.  Notice appointments will only be made for couples who already have a ceremony booked in the next 3 months.  In line with the Government's advice regarding travel, if couples are required to give notice at a designated register office, we will only be booking appointments for those who are resident in the Redbridge area.

If you do have a ceremony booked to take place within 3 months and you need to give notice please email register.office@redbridge.gov.uk and include your name, address, contact number, and when and where the ceremony will take place together with a confirmation of your booking with the venue.


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