Marriage and civil partnership

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

Civil ceremonies

If you wish to have a civil ceremony at a register office or any other building approved for civil marriage, you should first contact the superintendent registrar.

For a full list of approved premises, go to GOV.UK: Civil marriages and partnerships – approved premises list.

You will need to make arrangements at the venue in question, but as the registrar also has to be available, it's probably better to have more than one date in mind.

You will both also need to give formal notice to the superintendent registrar of the district where you live. Even if the ceremony is taking place in a different registration district to the one where you and your partner live, you need to register in the district where you actually reside.

After giving notice you must then wait a further 28 clear days before the ceremony can take place, but as a notice is valid for 12 months you can plan well in advance. Contact the register office for more information.

Thurrock Register Office
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX



  • 01375 372 822 – birth or death registration
  • 01375 375 245 – marriages or civil partnerships

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – all services
  • Saturday morning – ceremonies only

Our emergency out-of-hours contact service can be used for:

  • emergency death registrations for timely burials in line with religious or cultural practices
  • emergency marriages or civil partnerships for terminally ill residents.