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 register.office@thurrock.gov.uk 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 register.office@thurrock.gov.uk.

Renewal of marriage vows

The renewal of marriage vows is a unique and personal ceremony.

Although many renewals take place at milestone anniversaries – for example, ruby, gold or diamond wedding anniversaries – the ceremony is just as appropriate at any stage of marriage. It is also ideal for a couple who are married abroad, but wish to have a celebration for those family and friends who were unable to attend the wedding.

A renewal of marriage vows ceremony is primarily celebratory. They have no legal effect and are not legally binding on those who participate, and must have no religious content.

You will need to ask 2 people to witness the signing of the certificate of the event, however.

Please contact us to arrange a renewal of marriage vows ceremony. We will be able to advise you on approved premises, available dates, and fees. You will need to show your marriage certificate before a renewal of marriage vows ceremony can be booked.

Renewal of marriage vows ceremonies last between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the number of options and readings chosen.

Ceremonies are offered in the register office on weekdays and Saturday mornings, or at any approved premises.

A celebrant will be appointed to conduct your ceremony, but will not be acting in any official capacity, even if they also work as a registrar. They will assist you in creating your own unique ceremony, and have been trained in conducting many different ceremonies – do ask their advice on anything you are unsure about.

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

: register.office@thurrock.gov.uk

Phone:

  • 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.