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Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and in line with government guidelines, some Derbyshire Registration Offices are currently running a reduced service.


We are continuing to register deaths by telephone. Registration of births can now be done in person at Chesterfield Register Office and at Bakewell Registration Office but strictly by appointment only.

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

We've now resumed birth registrations at Chesterfield Register Office and at Bakewell Registration Office. We'd ask parents to please 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 as early as February, March and April.

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

If your baby was not born in Derbyshire unfortunately at this time, we'll not be able to register the birth in Derbyshire. You must contact the office in the district where you baby was born to make an appointment.

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

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 will start 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 Chesterfield Register Office and at Bakewell Registration Office. Anyone living in Derbyshire can make an appointment at either of the 2 offices.

Citizenship ceremonies

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the period to book your citizenship ceremony has been extended to 6 months.

Group ceremonies cannot be held at the moment. If you've received your Home Office invitation letter, please contact Chesterfield Register Office, where the registrar will be able to book a private citizenship ceremony for you, free of charge.

The Home Office have confirmed that delays due to the coronavirus outbreak will not affect your application.