Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Last updated: 29 May 2020 (reviewed daily)
- Birth registration in person at our offices is currently suspended. A limited pilot scheme is now is place in Suffolk to enable some birth registrations to be carried out via video call.
- We are maintaining a process to register a death
- All register offices are closed to the public for the time being
- Our phone lines are open but with a restricted service, so you may experience a delay when you contact us. Alternatively you may email us
- Find out how to contact a register office in Suffolk
- The government announcement (11 May 2020) stated that it was hoped to ‘permit small wedding ceremonies no earlier than 1 June 2020’. The statement made by the Prime Minister (28 May 2020) did not mention marriage/civil partnership so for the time being we have no further information to indicate when this may be possible.
We have not been advised yet how many guests a ‘small wedding’ will include, or the costs that will apply, or where the ceremonies can be held. When we receive more information from the government we will update this page. For the time being we are not able to confirm any arrangements or take provisional bookings for 2020 ceremonies.
- We are rescheduling existing ceremonies up to 31 August only with a range of options which are shown in service changes (ceremonies). As the government has indicated that the hospitality industry may be able to resume during July, our existing terms and conditions apply to ceremonies booked from September 2020 onwards.
- We are accepting new bookings for 2021 onwards.
- Citizenship ceremonies are postponed but all citizenship certificates have been extended for a further 6 months to allow longer to attend a ceremony when restrictions are lifted.
You can check full details of how register office services are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), and what that means for you.