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Death Appointments

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation no face to face death registration appointments are being offered in our offices. All deaths will now be registered via a telephone appointment. When booking an appointment, please ensure you are in a position to take a phone call that is likely to last approximately 45 minutes.

To make an appointment, please click here.  Alternatively please contact 01452 425060 to book an appointment and ensure you confirm the most appropriate contact number. If you have not been advised that a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been emailed to Registration please do not book an appointment. We are unable to Register a Death without this.

Births
We are currently unable to undertake any Birth Registrations in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd March 2020.
Birth registration appointments will now be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period. A claim for child benefit or universal credit can be made prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to do so because of the measures currently in place.
If your baby isn’t registered with a GP but needs to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from any GP surgery. Most GP surgeries will be able to register your baby as a patient online or over the phone.

Tewkesbury Registration Office
Our Tewkesbury Registration Office is currently closed until further notice

Copy Certificates
We are currently unable to offer any services relating to the production of Copy Certificates until further notice.

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership
We are currently unable to offer appointments for Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership.

Re-registration of Birth following a Marriage or Civil Partnership
For the time being, we are unable to offer appointments to re-register a birth following marriage or civil partnership of natural parents or to add the father’s details if they were not included in the original registration.  Please see GOV.UK for more information about re-registration.

Correcting an error in a Registration
For the time being, we are unable to consider applications to correct an error in a register entry unless a correction is imperative.  Please see our website for further detail.

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd March 2020.
We will contact you as soon as possible as we are dealing with ceremonies booked in priority order. If you are trying to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk.
We will not be able to amend ceremonies to a new date or take new bookings until we have been informed that the restriction on Civil Marriage and Partnership Ceremonies has been lifted. 
Please continue to review this page for further updates and confirmation for when we can resume new ceremony bookings and amendments.

Register a birth

Why register a birth?

Every birth in England and Wales must be registered in the district in which it takes place within six weeks.

Please make sure you book an appointment.

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Who can register a birth?

  • either the mother or father if they are married to each other
  • the mother, or the mother and father together if they are not married and want the father's details included on the birth certificate

Under normal circumstances you cannot ask anyone else to register the birth of your baby for you. If you are unsure whether you are entitled to register a birth, please contact any of the registration offices for assistance and advice.

If you are not married, and one of you cannot attend the registration office, but would like your details entered on the birth certificate,you must fill out a Statutory declaration of acknowledgment of parentage form which must be brought to the registration by the attending parent.

It is not a legal requirement to include details of the father if you are not married. The father's details can normally be included at a later date, if you marry or wish to include them.

If the baby's parents are married and one of them does not understand English, the parent who does understand English should register the birth.  If the parents attend together and are not married to each other and one of them does not understand English, they must bring a relative or friend with them to act as an interpreter.  The other parent may not interpret for them.

What documents should I bring?

All information relating to a registration is obtained by direct personal questioning of the informant. Informants are asked to provide supporting documentation at registrations to help ensure records are as accurate as possible.

We would ask that you bring, on a voluntary basis, various forms of documents to support all relevant areas of the register entry.

Supporting documents for parents to help with identity, nationality, relationship status and address are:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Proof of Address (utility bill)
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership certificates
  • Deed Poll

The absence of supporting documents will not prevent the registration from taking place.

What will I be asked?

The registration officer will need the following information:

  • The date and place of birth
  • The child's given names and surname
  • The sex of the child
  • If more than one child was born (as in the case of twins or triplets), the registration officer will require a time of birth for each baby
  • The names, surnames and places and dates of birth of the parents and any other names by which they have been known
  • The parents' occupations
  • The mother's home address at the time of the birth
  • The date of the parents' marriage, if applicable, and number of previous children

What will happen at the appointment?

You will be seen in a private room and, in most cases, the registration process should take no more than half an hour.

You can buy a full birth certificate at the time of registration for £11.  We accept cash (please bring the correct money with you if possible) or card payment.   Alternatively currently you can order a birth certificate onlineOpens new window    at a later date (cost - £11 per certificate)

The baby does not need to be taken to the registration appointment to show that the birth has taken place. The local health authority or the hospital where the birth occurred will notify the registrar of the birth.

If you want to change any details on a birth certificate, see Correct a birth registration

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