Births, deaths and marriages
Coronavirus advice for Register Office appointments
Due to the high levels of community transmission the following will apply, and the Register Office is open by appointment only.
Please note the office is closed between 1pm and 2pm Monday to Friday.
Registrations are strictly by appointment only. If parents are married or in a civil partnership only one parent should attend the office.
Appointments for registering deaths and stillbirths are face-to-face and strictly by appointment only. We cannot offer telephone appointments.
Appointments to register a death can still be made as usual by using the online booking system or by calling 0191 433 3000.
Marriage and civil partnership
We are taking notices of marriage and civil partnership.
We are taking new ceremony bookings which can be made up to two years in advance.
Couples booking ceremonies will be advised of the restrictions currently in place.
Copy certificates can be ordered online or by phone and will be posted out. There will be no collection service until the office is fully opened.
Coronavirus advice for Bereavement Services
The Bereavement Services office is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, but will be closed between 1pm and 2pm.
There will be no face-to-face enquiries with the Bereavement Services office until further notice. Please contact us on 0191 433 3816, 0191 433 3811 or 0191 433 3815. You can also email us at email@example.com
Services can go ahead for burial of ashes. Where a transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial is required, this will need to be fully completed before a burial of ashes can be booked.
We are able to accept applications for memorials, wall or kerb plaques and grave searches can now go ahead. However due to deadlines, Book of Remembrance entries will be processed but there maybe a delay in acknowledging receipt of these.