We have had to change the way that some of our service operates to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We have had to change the way that some of our service operates to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Births

From Monday 22 June, our Registration Service will be resuming their face-to-face service for birth registrations. 

Where possible (if married), only one parent is to attend the birth registration appointment and no other children are permitted to attend the appointment. You will be required to wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the building and at all times will need to follow the guidance of the registrar.

Appointment times will be lengthened to avoid people gathering in the reception area. Please only attend the office at the time you are given, in some cases you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment.

It is still possible to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth has been registered. You will need to contact HMRC directly to make a claim, details can be found on GOV.UK.

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies will recommence from Monday 20 July, individuals who are on the waiting list will be contacted to discuss the rescheduling of their ceremony.

Deaths

Death registrations will now be conducted by telephone and appointments can be booked online. Please do not call to book an appointment if possible.

  Register a death

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

As we move towards further changes to the COVID-19 lockdown measures, from Saturday 4 July Torbay couples were once again able to say their ‘I will’s’ as the Registrar Service resume conducting marriage and civil partnership ceremonies. Read the full update.

Will I need to wear a mask at the wedding or civil partnership ceremony? Will the bride or groom?

Face coverings will be required in places of worship. This applies to guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies including those taking place in register offices or other approved venues . Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride, groom or civil partners or the person officiating at the ceremony.

Give notice of marriage or civil partnership

Our Registration Service resumed their face-to-face service for Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership on Monday 22 June.

A number of safety precautions have been put in place to protect customers and staff.

Appointment times will be lengthened to avoid people gathering in the reception area. Please only attend the office at the time you are given, in some cases, you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment.