Update for Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Update for Period of National Restrictions

In order to support the UK Government’s Stay at Home message – only essential appointments will be undertaken.

Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, from 5th January 2021 marriage and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances (for example, urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery).  In such circumstances, ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people, dependent on Covid-safe room capacity.  

NO receptions are allowed.

We are contacting couples with ceremonies booked during these restrictions to assist them in postponing, amending or cancelling their ceremony. 

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

During the period of the National Lockdown we will only be taking essential Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership appointments.

Those couples who live outside of Gloucestershire should contact their local Register Office to find out what arrangements they have put in place for notices which need to be given.

Births

During the National Lockdown period, there will be limited availability for Birth Registration.

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.

Please click here to make an appointment.

 

NHS Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response. All visitors to Gloucestershire County Council premises will be asked to voluntarily supply their details to NHS Test and Trace by the way of scanning a QR code on site. You will need to use the NHS Covid 19 App to allow you to do this. If you use an iphone, please download the App via the App store, if you use an Android phone please use Google play. It would be advisable to download prior to your visit to us.

If you are unable to download the App, your details will be requested on the day of the appointment by our staff.

 

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines

 

High Volume of Calls

On Mondays and at certain times of the day (particularly 12-2.30pm) we may experience a higher volume of calls to book birth and death appointments and ceremonies. Please bear with us and we will do our best to answer your call as soon as possible. Alternatively you can book online for birth or death appointments. Please note death appointments must be booked within 5 days from when the death occurred, unless the death has been referred to the Coroner. If your preferred office does not have appointment availability please try another that can offer you an appointment within the 5 days.

Registration: Advice on Covid - 19

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

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.  Once the Medical Certificate has been scanned to Gloucestershire Registration Service this needs to be triaged by ourselves prior to an appointment being made by the family etc.  The family / next of kin  will be able to book a registration appointment after a 24 hour period has elapsed thus preventing any issues on the day of the registration.

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.

 

 

Maintenance affecting online systems, forms, and payments

For urgent highways problems call 08000 514 514
We will be working on systems which will affect online forms and payments between 10pm on Saturday 17 January and 6am Sunday 18 January 2021.
Forms may be visible, but data may not be submitted, and payments may not be processed so use the "online forms" links on this page with caution. The form may open but not take payments or your data may be lost.
Calls to the Library Helpline 01452 426973 number may also be disrupted. Books can be renewed via the Library App or online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/myaccount.

Gloucester

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About the Register Office

Please note this office is appointment based only.

The Gloucester Office and Ceremony Room are conveniently located within Shire Hall, Westgate Street. There is pay and display car parking in the immediate vicinity.

The Ceremony Room has a maximum occupancy of 60 (including the couple and the two Registrars) which means that you can invite up to 56 guests.* Please note due to Covid-19 the occupancy has been reduced. Please visit https://gloucestershireregistrationservice.co.uk/marriage-civil-partnership-advice-with-covid-19/ for up to date information * Confetti (biodegradable) can be thrown outside the building and there is a photo opportunity on the impressive front steps.

Find out more

For details of our ceremony options and availability please visit our Plan a wedding website or contact our ceremonies team at ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk or 01452 425060 (option 3).

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