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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

Birth registration appointments are now be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period.

Parent who wish to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit are able to do so prior to the birth being registered.

Ceremonies and Appointments

  • No couple will lose any fees that have already been paid. This will be transferred to a new booking.
  • There will be no transfer fee charge.
  • We have stopped taking any ceremony bookings until 20 April 2020. Again this may need to be reviewed at this time. 
  • Current legislation advises if you gave your notice of marriage for one venue, we cannot legally move you to another venue. You would have to give your notice of marriage again.
  • We are not taking any notice of marriage appointments.

We are currently contacting couples directly to discuss rescheduling. We are working in chronological order so please be patient. 

If you have sent us an email about your ceremony, please be advised that we are working our way through them and will contact you in due course.

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