Birth registration

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thurrock Register Office

Thurrock Register Office is closed until further notice.

Registering a death – we are taking appointments by phone to register a death. Deaths must be registered within 5 days from the date of death.

You will need to contact the GP's surgery to confirm that the 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' will be scanned and sent by email to before your appointment. If the death has been referred to the coroner, you need to make sure their documents have been emailed to us before booking your appointment. To book your appointment, phone 01375 372 822.

On the date and time of your appointment, we will phone you to take information for completing the registration. We will also arrange to send you a death certificate, if you wish to order one. Paperwork for the funeral will be sent direct to your undertaker.

Birth registration, marriage or civil partnership notice or ceremony, citizenship ceremony and other requests – no other Register Office appointments can be made until further notice. During this period, you can claim child benefit or Universal Credit before your baby's birth has been registered. If you wish to cancel or postpone a ceremony, please email

Tell us once

When you have a new baby, there are lots of things that need to be done.

One of these things is contacting our services and government departments that need to be told about the birth.

We provide a service that can help you give the information to the Department for Work and Pensions. If you want, they can then pass this information on to a number of other organisations.

How the service can help you

You often have to contact several government departments and parts of the local council to give them the same information about the birth. It's important that you do this as soon as possible as it may affect your entitlements.

To make this easier for you, you can use this service directly after registering the birth, where we will ask you some simple questions. We can't offer the service at a later date.

This means that you won't have to send a copy of the birth certificate in the post as we will contact the organisations that need to know on your behalf.

The following organisations can be contacted if you ask us to:

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Housing Benefit Office
  • Library Services
  • Children's Services (Family Information Services)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Using this service can, where certain conditions are met, help to speed up some applications with HMRC if you are receiving benefits that relate to your income (for example Income Support, or some types of Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance).

We can't offer this service if you arrive late for the birth registration

Information you will need to use this service

To make sure the right information is given to any organisations we contact for you, and so that you get the most out of the service, it will help if you can bring along the following information:

  • details of any benefits each person on the birth register is receiving or has applied for
  • the National Insurance number and date of birth, address and telephone number of each person named on the birth register
  • the National Insurance number, date of birth and information about any benefits received by the partner of the person named on the birth register (if they live in the same household) 

You will need to get the permission from these people to tell us about them before you use the service.

We will treat the information you give us securely. The organisations we give your information to will use it to update records, but only as the law allows.