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On this page you will find updates about changes being made to register office processes.

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Under National lockdown: Stay at home restrictions weddings and civil partnership ceremonies should not take place except in exceptional circumstances. Find out more on the Government’s website.

Notice of marriage and civil partnership

Notice of Marriage and Civil Partnership appointments can take place in Portsmouth.


This will be strictly by appointment only and for time critical notices only. For example if you have a provisional booking for a ceremony due to take place within the next three months.


From 8 June 2020 birth registrations can take place. During the current pandemic period new parents can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered and the statutory requirement to register a birth within 42 days no longer applies. Parents are advised that there will be no consequences if they are unable to do so within this timeframe.


From 30 March 2020 all death registrations will take place by telephone. Anyone who needs to register a death must telephone 023 9282 9041. An appointment will be made and further advice/instructions will be given.