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Registration service - Coronavirus update

Death registrations

The Registration Coronavirus Act passed earlier this week has changed the way death registrations can be conducted, allowing registrations to be done via telephone instead of face to face to help prevent spread of the Coronavirus.

The registrar will still need to see the Medical Certificate issued by the doctor/GP to allow the registration to take place. 

If you need to register a death, there are two options available to you to enable the registrar to register:

  • When you speak with the GP/Doctor ask them if they can scan the Medical Certificate to the registrars directly registrarsenquiries@staffordshire.gov.uk along with your name and contact number. The registrars will then call you to register the death and the Medical Certificate can be retained by the GP/Doctor. 
  • If the GP/Doctor is unable to scan the Medical Certificate to the registrars or you are already in possession of the medical certificate you will need to take the certificate to your local Registration Office between 9am and 5pm (Either Burton, Cannock, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Stafford) and hand it in there with your name and contact number written on the envelope. The Registration Staff will then call you back to register the death over the phone with you as soon as possible.

If the Coroner has been involved and you are not in possession of a Medical Certificate from the doctor/GP, please call 0300 111 8000 and we will arrange to call you back to register the death.

Birth registrations

In line with recent Government measures new guidelines have been issued which now prevent any birth registration taking place during the current pandemic period.

As a result of this decision, it is now possible to apply for Child Benefit or Universal Credit (where eligible) prior to the birth being registered to help ease any financial difficulties caused by the delay in registration.

Once restrictions have been eased it will be possible to make an appointment for registration and further advice will be posted here.

Notice of marriage / Notice of civil partnership

In line with recent Government measures new guidelines have been issued which now prevent any notices of marriage or civil partnership from taking place during the current pandemic period.

Once restrictions have been eased it will be possible to make an appointment for notice of marriage/civil partnership and further advice will be posted here.

If you have a general enquiry please email registrarsenquiries@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 111 8000.

Weddings

If your enquiry is regarding a wedding booking, please see the information on our Getting Married in Staffordshire website.

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