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Registrars service changes due to coronavirus

We have stopped appointments at our buildings and made changes to the way you register a death. Birth and marriage notice registrations are on hold. We are currently offering a reduced copy certificate service and are unable to guarantee the 24-hour fast track service. Langtons House is closed. Please email or call 01708 433481 if you have an urgent query. Find out all the details of the changes

Same sex marriages and civil partnerships

Those couples not in an existing legal relationship can now give notice of marriage (which is the legal process to apply for a licence for marriage).

Same sex marriage can be booked to take place at Langtons House​ or any licensed venue.

Notice of marriage must be given a minimum of 28 days before the ceremony date but can be given up to a year in advance.

Conversions and couples already in an existing legal relationship

Couples currently in a civil partnership will be able to convert this into a marriage, if they wish.

Contact the Register office

Civil partnerships for opposite sex couples

The Civil Partnerships (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019, which extended eligibility for forming civil partnerships to opposite sex couples, were approved in Parliament on 5 November 2019.

The regulations will come into force on 2 December 2019.

Registration authorities can now take or confirm bookings for couples to give notice from 2 December 2019 which will allow first civil partnerships under the standard procedure to be formed from 31 December 2019.

To book a notice of civil partnership please visit our notice page.

To book a ceremony please email or call us on 01708 433155.

Commemorative Certificates

Commemorative certificates are available for civil partnership ceremonies at a cost of £10.

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