Register Office Services

All visits to the Southwark register office are currently by appointment only. Please see frequently asked questions below relating to current changes to the service due to COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

Can we now have our marriage/civil partnership ceremony?

Yes

How many rooms can I choose from to have my ceremony at the Register Office in Southwark?

We have two rooms:

Southwark Register Office is for statutory ceremonies only available on a Monday and Tuesday.  This will include the couple and two guests only. 

The Garden Room is available from Wednesday to Saturday. This will include the couple and up to 35 guests

Please note your notice will only be valid for the venue you stated at your appointment.

For further information, please follow the link for fees and further information

If you wish to make a ceremony booking, email us.

How do I book a notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment?

To book a notice appointment, visit our notice information and booking page.

You may not receive confirmation of your appointment. Please either make a note of your appointment date and time or email registrars and we will be happy to confirm your appointment.

Will I be able to give notice in time for my ceremony?

We will make every effort to ensure you are given the opportunity to give your notice of intent. Please be aware that in some instances you'll have to reschedule your ceremony date to accommodate the legal process of giving notice.

Will I need to wear a mask if I’m attending an appointment at the Register Office?

We kindly request you to wear a mask for all face-to-face registration meetings unless you have a medical exception.

When can we book our ceremony?

If you wish to make a ceremony booking, please send us an email with the following details:

  • full names of both parties
  • the nationalities of both parties
  • the date of notice appointment and name of the register office for both parties
  • the type of visa held by non UK / EEA nationals 
  • full addresses of both parties including the postcode
  • preferred date and time of ceremony
  • the name and address of your chosen licensed venue
  • telephone numbers of both parties 

Also let us know:

  • if you're enquiring about a marriage or civil partnership ceremony (this question is simply administrative)
  • if either party has been through a divorce or dissolution of marriage outside the UK (give more details)

All these details are required from each couple to successfully assist you in securing your marriage or civil partnership booking.

How can I register a death that took place in Southwark?

To register a death please follow this link to register a death.

When will I be able to have my citizenship ceremony?

We anticipate that you should have your ceremony within 2 to 6 weeks.

Will my citizenship certificate still be valid?

All certificates are valid for 6 months from the date of your home office invitation letter.

How long are the Virtual Citizenship ceremonies?

A virtual citizenship ceremony is scheduled for 30 minutes for a single person and 40 minutes for a family.

What video meeting tool do you use for virtual citizenship?

We use Zoom for virtual citizenship ceremonies.

How do I book for virtual citizenship ceremonies?

Congratulations on receiving your citizenship ceremony invitation letter or email from the home office.

Email the following information to registrars@southwark.gov.uk:

  • full name
  • phone number
  • our reference

If possible, scan or forward the invitation letter or email.

What are the hours to attend a virtual ceremony?

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
  • Saturdays, 8am to 4pm

I am a Southwark resident and I had my baby at home; how do I register my baby?

Due to the pandemic, we offer a two stage registration process. Stage one is a telephone registration with a registrar and stage two is a short face to face appointment to check and sign the register at the register office. 

To book a stage one of the birth telephone registration appointment.

You will not receive confirmation of your appointment. Please either make a note of your appointment date and time or email registrars@southwark.gov.uk and we will be happy to confirm your appointment.

I am a Southwark resident and I had my baby at Kings’ or St Thomas hospital; how do I register my baby?

As these hospitals are in the borough of Lambeth, we recommend you contact Lambeth Register office regarding the registration.

We have been given special permission by the General Register Office to temporarily register births for Southwark residents who have had their baby in Lambeth.

To book a stage one of the birth telephone registration appointment.

You will not receive confirmation of your appointment. Please either make a note of your appointment date and time or email us and we'll be happy to confirm your appointment

You will not receive a birth certificate after the registration is completed

To apply for a birth certificate you will need to apply online.

If your baby was born in Lambeth, you will need to apply to Lambeth Birth Certificate Request

My baby was born outside of Southwark; can I register the birth in Southwark?

You need to register the birth in the district where the birth took place. We're not able to offer registrations ‘by declaration’ at this present time. Find more information.

I am not a Southwark resident and my child was born at Kings College/St Thomas Hospital; can I register the birth with you?

As these hospitals are in the borough of Lambeth, please contact Lambeth Register office directly regarding the registration.

I need a copy of a birth/marriage/civil partnership/death certificate; can I still get one?

Yes, you can. However, we're only taking online applications.

How long will it take for me to receive my certificate?

Applications take up to 15 working days to be received. 

Can I collect my certificate?

All certificates are posted out by 2nd class Royal Mail to the address provided on the application form.

Do you offer an express service?

Yes, please visit the Express Service page.

Page last updated: 29 March 2022

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