Registration Service updates - Coronavirus

​See the latest updates and changes to Registration Services in Northamptonshire. This page was last updated on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Birth and Notice of Marriage appointments

The General Register Office (GRO) has issued guidelines that all Birth and Notice of Marriage appointments “should be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period.”

We are in the process of contacting all customers who have pre-booked appointments to advise them of this.

Birth registrations

New parents can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to do so because of these measures.

Death registrations

The Emergency Bill has created legislation to remove the need for face-to-face death and stillbirth registrations. We will be implementing telephone Death Registrations with immediate effect.

If you’ve received an envelope from the attending GP or hospital you will still need to attend an appointment to complete the death registration. 

To comply with the latest Government guidelines we can only allow 1 person to attend the appointment.
If the next-of-kin is unable to attend the office, because they are is self-isolation, they may assist via the telephone.

If you’ve been notified that the necessary paperwork has been forwarded to the Registration Service please complete the online booking process. Please do not attend the office - we will telephone you at the appointment time to complete the registration.

Ceremony enquiries

Due to the increase in demand due to Covid-19 we are unable to action any new ceremony enquiry forms to book new weddings, civil partnerships or celebrations or take telephone calls. We will only be responding by email.

If your event is booked please send an email to registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk with the date of ceremony in the subject line. We will deal with these enquiries in order of ceremony date. If your email subject line contains anything other than the date, it may delay a response.

Weddings 

Following government guidelines any weddings for the next 3 weeks (from 23 March to 13 April) will be postponed. Please email registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk with the date in the subject line to rearrange.

For existing customers with weddings booked after this time, we are offering the opportunity to postpone your wedding day at no extra cost.

If you decide to cancel, refund charges may apply. Please email registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk and include your scheduled wedding date in the subject field.

Citizenship ceremonies

Customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office.

 Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review.

Please be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.

Coroner's inquests

It is with regret that in view of the current Covid-19 health crisis the Senior Coroner for Northamptonshire Mrs Anne Pember has made the decision that all inquests which had been provisionally set between 24 March 2020 and 1 September 2020 will be postponed to a date to be arranged.

Letters are being sent out to next of kin to explain this situation. The matter will be reviewed after 31 July 2020 and the Court Listings Officer will be in contact with next of kin, witnesses and other Interested persons after that date with a view to set new dates which are convenient to the Bereaved families.

We sincerely apologise for this delay but we will do what we can to relist inquest hearings as soon as practicable after this date.

Should you need any support or advice in relation to inquest issues you can contact the Coroners Court support service:

Telephone: 0300 1112141

Email: helpline@ccss.org.uk

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic we ask that any non- urgent enquiries from Funeral Directors or other interested parties are emailed to the Coroner's Office at coroners.office@northamptonshire.gov.uk

We will endeavour to answer any telephone calls from next of kin but ask that you leave a message if there is no reply and we will return your call as soon as we are able to.