Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Coronavirus updates on Register Office, Appointments and Ceremonies

How you may be affected by the current coronavirus situation.

We are doing our best to manage the unprecedented number of calls and emails regarding ceremony bookings.

After the government announcement on 23 March 2020 further measures are being taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus and we are no longer able to attend ceremonies. We understand you may have concerns as to how this may affect your ceremony or registration appointments. 

Until we are advised that restrictions are lifted we are not able to conduct any ceremonies in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea. We advise couples to contact their venues to see if they can obtain a new date for their ceremony.  

The information below outlines our practices at this present time.


Unfortunately we are not able to produce any next day certificates. All certificates will be produced after 14 working days and will be posted to the applicant.

Southend Register Office is only open for death registrations

To ensure we meet social distancing guidelines and reduce the risk to both customers and registrars death registrations will completed remotely via telephone. To book a death registration appointment please call 01702 534350.

Registering Births

Do you have a new baby born at Southend Hospital or at home in the Southend area?

Southend-on-Sea Registration Services will be open to register your baby’s birth from Monday 22 June.

Our online diary will be open for Self-service appointments from 29 June for babies born in April or May.

If your baby was born in June – please be patient we will be able to help soon – if birth registration is Urgent please call us on 01702 534350/1

When attending your registration appointment please remember:

  • only one person to attend when married
  • bring in letter from hospital or Babies Red Book and form of I.D for each parent
  • you do not have to bring your baby(s) but if necessary please make sure children are supervised
  • car park is situated in Carnarvon Road SS2 6EN (Please note the car park is closed from Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July. Alternative parking available at Civic 2)
  • stay in your car until your appointment time and then make you way to the Registration Entrance Doors adjacent to the car park.
  • please stand outside the doors and you will be collected
  • masks can be worn if they have them and you are comfortable doing so
  • we have sanitising equipment on site
  • payments by card only

Ceremonies and Appointments

We cannot take any new provisional booking for Wedding/Civil Partnership/Citizenship Ceremonies.

For any new notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership whose Marriage/Civil Ceremony is due within the next 2 months please call us on 01702 534350/1 to discuss.

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