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Wrexham Registration Service Ceremony Update - Customer

On the 24th March 2020, Wrexham Registration Service took the decision to suspend conducting of any Marriage, Civil Partnership or other discretionary ceremonies (e.g. Renewal of Vows; Baby Naming etc.) at any licensed venue in Wrexham until further notice. This suspension was initially to the 30th June 2020, however as social distancing is very much part of our lives we have since reviewed this date and have now decided to carry the suspension forward to the 31st July 2020.  Please be assured that we are continuously reviewing our services but we do have to adhere to government guidelines.

We understand this is upsetting news for you, but in this very difficult time for everyone, and given the further direction by the Welsh Parliament, we want to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible as we all do our part to fight this virus.

I can assure you that the decision has not been taken lightly.  It has been made in recognition that the Registration Service has to remain operational right throughout these very uncertain times. Our staff are included in the list of Key Workers and, to keep the Service operational, we are considering all options to protect customers, staff and our communities as a whole as far as possible from ANY cross contamination. We have a small team who have to conduct registrations of Births and Deaths and we need to be able to prioritise these elements of the Service. We will advise you of any developments as often as we can and will review the situation if things change quickly, in line with the Public Health Wales review.

All provisional booking fees that you have paid will be honoured and are transferable. If you have not already done so, please contact your venue to arrange a new date for your ceremony and then contact the Register Office to confirm our availability. Please note that, for Marriages and Civil Partnerships, your Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership is valid for 12 months from the day you gave notice. If your Notice expires, before the revised date of your Ceremony, then you will have to give Notice again in the District where you reside (this will cost £35 each, based on current regulations).

  • Certificate requests will now be minimised to the following only
    • Required for employment purposes – posted no collection
    • Required for benefit purposes – posted no collection
  • Payments – we would prefer card only payments to minimise handling of cash.
  • Registering births and claiming Child Benefit / Universal Credit - You can now make a claim for Child Benefit or Universal Credit before you register your child’s birth. Under normal circumstances, the birth must be registered before you make a claim, but the rules have been changed due to the current situation. All appointments at the Guildhall for birth-registrations and marriage / civil partnership notices have already been suspended until further notice.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We do apologise for any upset this may cause.

With kindest regards,

Susan Lloyd
Superintendent Registrar on behalf of Wrexham Registration Service

Ceremony Update

25 June 2020

Now that the restrictions on conducting wedding and civil partnership ceremonies have been relaxed, we will be looking at arrangements for facilitating ceremonies for those couples who wish to proceed. However, we do not currently have arrangements in place to safely manage the giving of notices or conducting ceremonies at our premises which remain closed. Notably, the Council’s register office does not enable social distancing measures to be applied. We are, therefore, reviewing all processes and our own facilities in order to determine how best we can accommodate the wishes of couples who wish to proceed.

Wedding or civil partnership ceremonies are not able to take place in approved premises, such as hotels or heritage sites, at this time, as these are currently closed.

Wrexham Register Office

Please be advised, that from Monday 2nd December 2019 certificates ordered from the Wrexham Registration Service, for births, deaths and marriages, will be available for collection after 10 working days (2 weeks). Any certificates that are to be posted will be posted on the tenth working day. Priority service is unaffected. Please also be advised that ALL certificates posted are done so by pre-paid SECOND class post. Any certificates lost in transit should be reported to the Wrexham Registration Service, however replacement certificates are charged at £11.00, no waiver is provided.

This page provides information about the Wrexham Register Office (also referred to as the Registrar Office or the Registry Office) which provides Registration Services for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

Register Office
The Guildhall
Wrexham
LL11 1AY (LL13 8BG for Sat Nav)

Telephone: 01978 298997 Within UK

Telephone: +44(0)1978 298997 Outside UK

Email: registration@wrexham.gov.uk

Opening Hours

Our offices are open to visitors between 9.00 am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or you can contact us by telephone between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Registering a Birth

Please note that you are welcome to make an appointment to register the birth of your child in Welsh or English. You will be asked your preference when you contact us to register the birth.

Attention Parents

If your baby was born on or after 29th October 2002, please ensure that you take your hospital discharge notes with you to the Register office when visiting to register your baby's birth. These discharge notes contain the baby's NHS number and enable the Registrar to issue a form for you to register the baby with your family doctor.

Should you forget to take the notes with you, don't worry, as your family doctor will be able to obtain the NHS number from a different source.

Requesting copies of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Application forms available in 'Downloads' area.

Copies of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates are available from the Register Office. These are needed for many day-to-day purposes including:

For each copy certificate you need to let us know the:

Put these details in a letter or download, complete and post the relevant application form (see right) with the appropriate fee to:

Wrexham Register Office
The Guildhall
Wrexham
LL11 1AY (LL13 8BG for Sat Nav)

You will need to enclose a cheque or postal order made payable to "Wrexham County Borough Council". It would be appreciated if a stamped addressed envelope could be included.

Alternatively you can apply in person at the Register Office during our normal working hours.

If you have any questions regarding applying for copies of certificates, please call the register office directly on:

Within UK
Tel: 01978 298997

Outside UK
Tel: +44(0)1978 298997

Costs

Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Partnership certificates cost £11.00 each

Payment will be accepted by cash or debit/ credit card. 

Certificates ordered at our reception desk, or by telephone, can be collected, or posted to the address on the application form, within 10 working days.

Should you require your certificate sooner, we have a Priority Service available for £35.00 including certificate.

Additional Services for which a fee is payable from 1 November 2017

All short birth certificates issued at time of registration £11
Consideration by a Superintendent Registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles £50
Consideration by the Registrar General of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles £75
Letter provided by the Registrar General confirming that, on the basis of information provided, no record of a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales has been found within a 10 year search period (for example: if required when getting married or forming a civil partnership outside England or Wales) £50 (per 10
Year Search
Fees for corrections to Initial Registration
Forename added within 12 months of birth registration £40
Consideration by Registrar / Superintendent Registrar of a correction application £75
Consideration by the Registrar General of a correction application £90

Security

You can order over the telephone using either a debit / credit card, or call in to the office to order and pay by cash / card.

We do not recommend you send any financial or personal details by e-mail.

Divorce Decree

You can get a copy of your divorce papers from the court where the divorce was processed.

If your divorce took place in Wrexham, a copy of the Decree Absolute may be obtained from:

Wrexham County Court
The Magistrates' Court
WREXHAM
LL12 7BP

Tel: 01978 317400

Alternatively, please contact staff at your local Register Office who will furnish you with the relevant telephone number, or contact:

National Divorce Records
First Avenue
42-49 High Holborn
LONDON
WC1V 6NP

Tel: 020 7947 6051