Births, marriages, and deaths

How to register a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership in Essex.

 

Register a birth

You can find out how to register the birth of a baby in Essex on essex.gov.uk.

If you're unsure which district to register your baby in, you can check on the find a register office tool on GOV.UK.
 

Register a death

You must register a death within five days of it happening. This includes weekends and bank holidays. 

If the death occurred in Essex, it should be registered here. You can find out how to register a death in Essex on essex.gov.uk.

Before you book an appointment check with  the GP, hospital doctor or bereavement office that the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)  has been sent to Essex Register Office.

Deaths reported to the coroner

If the death has been reported to the coroner, you won't be able to register the death until the coroner has completed their investigation.

You can find out about when a death is reported to the coroner on GOV.UK and on the Essex Coroner's Service website.
 

Marriages and civil partnerships

If you're getting married or forming a civil partnership in Essex, an Essex Registrar can help you with the legal requirements and planning your day.

You can have a religious or a civil ceremony.

You can find out more about how to get married or form a civil partnership on essex.gov.uk
 

Requesting a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate

You can now request a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate from the Essex Record Office. This can then be posted directly to your home.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 


Additional information

Tell Us Once on GOV.UK is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go

► What to do when someone dies - a guide put together by Essex County Council

Citizenship ceremonies on essex.gov.uk

Hire the Flitch Room for a wedding or other ceremony at Uttlesford District Council