Coronavirus

Advice and Information

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Register Office

Registration Services

Services include:

  • Certificates
  • Change of name deed
  • Citizenship Ceremonies
  • European Union Settlement Scheme
  • Registration Corrections

Births

Find information you need to register a birth including:

  • Who can register a birth
  • Where you can register
  • Information needed to register
  • Re-register a birth
  • Naming ceremonies

Marriages

Find information you need for marriages including:

  • Places to hold your ceremony
  • How to give notice of marriage and civil partnership
  • Ceremonies abroad
  • Renewal of vows
  • Dudley wedding planner
  • Wedding stationery

Deaths & Funerals

Find information for deaths, funerals & cremations including:

  • Registering a death
  • Life Celebrations and Civil Funerals
  • Burials and graves
  • Cremations
  • The Black Country Coroner
  • Bereavement services and charges

Coronavirus - FAQs

The Register Office remains closed to the public. You can still contact us using the contact form below, by email or by telephone. Comprehensive information can be found on our website.

We are registering deaths and stillbirths by telephone appointment. You do not need to attend the register office to register a death. We are adhering to Government guidance and will update this information as and when the situation changes.

You can go online to www.dudley.gov.uk/register-a-birth to book an appointment to register a birth. These are being done outside the register office in 'kiosks' through the registrars windows.

The Government announcement (23 June 2020) permits small marriages and civil partnerships from 4 July 2020 with no more than 30 guests, subject to the size of the venue to allow for social distancing.

Current restrictions for Marriages and Civil Partnerships to be held in Dudley and Stourbridge from 4 July are as follows:
• The usual ceremony costs will apply
• Ceremonies will be permitted in all our venues with reduced capacity; the Register Office (2 guests), Priory Suite (16 guests), Castle Suite (4 guests) and Wollescote Suite (12 guests). If your ceremony is booked for an approved premises or a religious venue please contact them for advice on what they are able to offer. Details of all guests will be required for NHS Test and Trace.
• The ceremony content will be confined to the minimum required for the legal process to minimise time in the building.
• Social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the building is Covid-19 secure. Face coverings are recommended.

We fully understand that some couples will prefer to wait and celebrate their marriage/civil partnership at a later date and are happy to reschedule any bookings.

We are not taking any new bookings for ceremonies to take place during 2020 until all the couples previously booked have been accommodated.

We are currently booking notice appointments for urgent and essential notices for marriages and civil partnerships due to take place within the next 8 weeks to enable these couples to proceed with their existing plans if they wish to continue under the current restrictions. To enable us to manage the diaries closely, at present appointments can only be booked up to two weeks in advance. 

Appointments can be booked for couples with ceremonies taking place abroad who need a certificate of no impediment.

If you are marrying or registering a civil partnership later this year or next year you do not need to give notice yet. In line with government guidance this should be deferred to a later date when it is safer for all.

I have a marriage / civil partnership ceremony booked in the next few weeks. Will it still go ahead?

Ceremonies can resume from 4 July but will be small ceremonies only as capacity is reduced to allow for social distancing. We understand you may wish to postpone or cancel your ceremony, and in these circumstances, we will change dates and times without charging any additional fee. (If new notices are required there would be a statutory fee payable for this). The ceremony fee will be refunded for cancelled ceremonies to any couple who do not wish to re-book. 

Please note we are experiencing extremely high levels of calls and emails at the moment, we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will update this page when we are able to resume ceremonies. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.

Which weddings can go ahead?

Small weddings (marriages and civil partnerships) are to be allowed from 4 July. We must deliver these in a Covid secure way. Restrictions will apply to the number of guests you may invite. We suggest that the safest option is for just the couple and 2 witnesses to attend, however, should you wish, depending which room you have booked you may increase this as follows:

Priory Suite ceremony - invite up to 16 guests

Wollescote Suite ceremony - invite up to 12 guests

Castle Suite ceremony - invite up to 4 guests

Register Office - couple and 2 witnesses only

Approved premises - your venue will advise newly agreed numbers up to a maximum of 26 guests subject to the capacity of the room.

If the restrictions compromise your plans too much and you prefer to wait and change the date of your ceremony, we will be happy to do this for you.

Is my notice of marriage or civl partnership appointment still going ahead?

Notices of marriage and civil partnership are deferred until we are through the current pandemic period unless they are urgent.

If your ceremony is booked to take place within the next 8 weeks, and you wish to proceed with a small ceremony, please contact us to book an appointment.

All other notices should be deferred other than for marriages/civil partnerships abroad.

What will happen if I pre-pay for a notice appointment and need to cancel or re-schedule my appointment?

We will transfer your payment to your next appointment or refund you if you are cancelling your ceremony. We would normally expect notice to be given within one month to secure your ceremony booking, however we have now extended this until we are through the pandemic period for all our couples yet to attend.
Please wait until the pandemic has ended before re-booking your appointment.

Can I book a marriage or civil partnership ceremony?

We are only taking any new bookings for ceremonies in 2021 at the present time.

I have a Citizenship Ceremony booked for the next few weeks. Will it still go ahead?

Yes.

You would normally be expected to attend your citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months. 

We are now able to offer ceremonies in a Covid-19 secure process. Citizens have been notified that there is an opportunity to attend a ceremony on 30 July. (The next group ceremony will be in October). We will invite all the citizens we have certificates for to  attend on this day. We are sorry, but no guests or children can attend. Only the new citizens can attend a group ceremony at present. If you wish to attend a ceremony with up to 4 guests, you make book a private citizenship ceremony. An additional fee is payable for a private ceremony.

I need to book a Citizenship Ceremony. Are they still available?

We will contact you when we receive your certificate from the Home Office and invite you to attend a group citizenship ceremony. Currently no guests or dignitaries can attend.

Is my death appointment still going ahead?

We are registering deaths by telephone. You will still need to book an appointment, but do not need to attend the Register Office in person if the doctor has advised you that the medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) has been emailed to the Registrar.

Please book an appointment online or by calling 0300 555 2345.

If you have already collected the MCCD you will still need to bring this to the Register Office. Pop it through the letterbox with your name and number and we will call you to register the death.

How can I obtain death certificates after registering by telephone?

If you register a death by telephone you will be able to apply for any death certificates required online with a debit or credit card after your appointment. The certificates will be posted to you. The paperwork for the funeral will be sent directly to the cemetery or crematorium and the funeral director.

Is my birth appointment still going ahead?

We are registering births again at Dudley Register Office by appointment only. Please book an appointment online at www.dudley.gov.uk/register-a-birth. We are operating 'kiosk' style registrations so that you do not have to enter the building keeping us all safer. 

Can I go to another Register Office to complete a birth or death registration?

No. The birth or death must be registered in the district the event occurred. It is possible to undertake a birth or death by declaration in another Register Office by appointment. During a declaration appointment you will be able to provide the details to another Register Office and the documents will be posted to us.  Within 5-10 working days of receiving the documents we will complete the registration and contact you to confirm when this has been done. You will then be able to order certificates online. Please note that waiting for paperwork this could delay a funeral.

What happens if I cannot register a death within 5 days?

Contact us via email register.office@dudley.gov.uk explaining your situation with a telephone number and we will call you back to help find a solution.
Please be aware the call will be made from a private number.

What happens if I don’t register the birth of my baby within 42 days?

All birth registrations were deferred due to the pandemic. Please book a birth registration appointment as soon as possible now they are available again. 
 

How do I apply for a correction, re-registration or space 17?

You should download the relevant application form and post it to us along with the original supporting documentation. It is not possible to receive this online or by email.
Guidance, correction application forms and re-registration forms are available online.
The postal address is Dudley Register Office, Priory Hall, Priory Park, Dudley DY1 4EU. We will check your application upon receipt and contact you to make the payment, if relevant, by telephone. 

Can I still come in person and order a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate?

The Register Office is closed. Please use the online ordering facility to request certificates and these will be posted out to you. If it is urgent you can select the Same-day Service.

Are all your offices still open?

No, we have closed all our offices. Please contact us online.

I have already given notice, but have changed my ceremony date, do I need to give notice again?

If your new date is at a different venue, you will need to give notice again.

If your new date is at the same venue, and within 12 months of the date you gave notice, you do not need to give notice again.

If your new date is at the same venue, and more than 12 months after the date you gave notice, you will need to give notice again.

Giving notice is a legal process you are required to do by law to enable a marriage or civil partnership to take place. You must attend your local register office in person, produce the relevant documents and pay the statutory fee of £35 each.

Currently we are taking urgent and essential notices only for couples with bookings in July and August or those couples marrying abroad. Priority is being given to those needing to give notice urgently for marriages and civil partnerships due to be taking place soonest. We are only booking appointments up to 2 weeks ahead at present so that we can react to changes and demand.

Notice must be given at least 28 clear days before the ceremony and can be done up to 12 months in advance. Click here for full details on giving notice.

Can I register a stillbirth?

Yes, please contact us by emailing register.office@dudley.gov.uk or using our contact form if you need to register a stillbirth. Include a telephone number and we will call you.

Will I need to wear a mask at the wedding or civil partnership ceremony? Will the bride or groom?

Face coverings will be required in places of worship. This applies to guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies including those taking place in register offices or other approved venues . Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride, groom or civil partners during the ceremony.