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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, however we are working and 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, keeping everyone safe.

Current Government guidance prevents marriages and civil partnerships from taking place unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

We are emailing all of our couples who are affected by this announcement with further information and are happy to reschedule any bookings.

We are currently taking urgent notice appointments for marriages and civil partnerships.

If you are marrying or registering a civil partnership in more than 3 months time, 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?

No ceremonies, in line with Government guidance, can currently take place unless there are exceptional circumstances (EG. one of the parties is seriously ill and not expected to recover).

We understand you may wish to book a new date or cancel your ceremony, and in these circumstances, we will change dates and times without charging any additional fee and transfer any ceremony fees paid to the new booking. (If fresh notices are required there is a statutory fee payable for this). If your ceremony was due to take place during this time and you wish to cancel, we will refund your ceremony fees. Our cancellation policy will apply to couples booked for other dates. 

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?

The only marriages/civil partnerships that can currently take place are those where exceptional circumstances apply. For example, this could be where one of the couple is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

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

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

If you choose to give notice at this time and your ceremony is subsequently changed to a different venue or more than 12 months past the date notice was given, fresh notices will be required. There will be a statutory fee payable to give notice again.

 

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 taking new bookings for ceremonies from 1 July onwards, however our normal cancellation policy applies to all new bookings made since April 2020. 

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 virtual ceremonies. We will invite all the citizens to attend a virtual ceremony as soon as we receive their paperwork for the Home Office.

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 virtual citizenship ceremony. 

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 at Dudley Register Office by appointment only. Please book an appointment online at www.dudley.gov.uk/register-a-birth. Registrations are carried out 'kiosk' style so that you do not have to enter the building keeping us all safer. Please arrive dressed for the weather! Best to leave baby at home in the warm if you can.

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 by emailing 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 may be made from a private number.

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

You have a legal duty to register your child's birth within 42 days. Please book a birth registration appointment as soon as possible. 

All appointments are carried out in a Covid safe style, but it is best to leave baby at home where you can.
 

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?

No. 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.

Requests for death certificates are prioritised and processed upon receipt (up to 12 noon) for recent registrations.

Are all your offices still open?

No, we have closed all our offices to the public, however we are all still working and carrying out most of our services remotely and in Covid safe environments. 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, but should be worn on arrival and when leaving the premises.

Please note that visors do not provide sufficient protection alone. If you wear a visor, you will need to wear a face mask as well.

I have a ceremony booked for 2021, will it go ahead as planned?

We cannot answer this. We have no advanced information on any restrictions imposed by Government. All ceremonies will take place in line with the current Government guidance.