- Register office
In England and Wales, The Register Office is primarily the local office for the registration of births, deaths and marriages (BD&M), and for the conducting of civil marriages. Set up by Act of Parliament in
1837, the statutory registration service is overseen by the Registrar Generalbut provided locally by the County or Unitary local authority.
Similar rules regarding registration have applied in Scotland since
1855and in Northern Ireland since 1845for marriages and 1864for births and deaths.
The Register Office is the office of the Superintendent Registrar of the District, in whose custody are all the registers of BD&M dating back to
1837. The Superintendent Registrar is also responsible for conducting the legal preliminaries to marriage and conducting civil marriage ceremonies.
Registrations of BD&M are carried out by a registrar of BD&M and each
Registration districtwill have one or more registrars and each may be responsible for a particular sub district.
1994the range of services offered by Register Offices has expanded so that they may now provide additional celebratory services including statutory Citizenship and Civil Partnership ceremonies and non statutory ceremonies such as naming and renewal of vows. All civil ceremonies may also now take place in local approved premises such as hotels or public buildings.
In the media the Register Office may often be incorrectly referred to as the Registry Office.
On 1st December 2007 all Registrars and Superintendent Registrars in England and Wales became employees of the local authorities providing the registration service, having been Statutory Officers with no legal employment status. This momentous change came about as a result of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 following many decades of campaigning by the trade unions that represented registration officers in England and Wales, The
Society of Registration Officersand UNISON.
* [http://www.gro.gov.uk General Register Office] (England and Wales)
* [http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk General Register Office for Scotland]
* [http://www.groni.gov.uk General Register Office Northern Ireland]
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