Births, deaths and ceremonies

Inquests and the Coroner Service, registering births and deaths, applying for copies of certificates and arranging ceremonies and citizenship.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

Last updated: 3 June 2020 (reviewed daily)

  • The Government have confirmed that birth registration can resume from 1 June 2020. We're currently preparing our offices to ensure they are COVID-19 secure. In the meantime, we're running a pilot to trial birth registrations by video call. If your baby was born before April 15th you may be eligible to take part. 
  • 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.

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How to register a death

Find out how to register a death in Suffolk and the process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

How to register a birth

Find out how to register a birth in Suffolk, book an appointment to see a registrar and make changes to birth registrations.

Contact a register office

Find opening hours and contact details for register offices in Suffolk. Book an appointment to register a birth or death.

Suffolk Registration Service fees

Fees for 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 paid for certificates, marriages, civil partnerships or ceremony rooms or approved venues.

Apply for a copy of a birth, marriage, civil partnership or death certificate

We can provide you with copy certificates for any birth, death, marriage or civil partnership that took place in Suffolk since July 1837.

Ceremonies

Cost of arranging a marriage, civil partnership, outside or celebration ceremony, renewal of vows or other celebration ceremony in Suffolk.

Citizenship ceremonies

If your citizenship application is successful you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony to be presented with your certificate of naturalisation.

The Coroner service

Details of the Coroner service in Suffolk, including who the Coroner is and what they do, as well as information about post mortems and inquests.

Apply for a venue licence for marriages and civil partnerships

This licence will allow people to get married or hold a civil partnership at your venue.