The Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2016/980

2016 No. 980

Registration Of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Etc., England And Wales

Civil Partnership, England And Wales

The Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016

Made 13th October 2016

Laid before Parliament 14th October 2016

Coming into force 7th November 2016

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 34A and section 38A(1)(c), (2) and (5) and 39A(1)(a) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 19531, section 65A, 71A(1)(h) and (5) and 74(3) of the Marriage Act 19492, sections 34(1)(e) and (2) and 258(2) of the Civil Partnership Act 20043and section 9(4)(e), (f), (5)(ba) and (5C), and section 18(4)(a) of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 20134.

In accordance with section 65A(5) of the Marriage Act 1949, before making these Regulations the Secretary of State has consulted the Registrar General.

S-1 Citation, commencement and interpretation

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016 and come into force on 7th November 2016.

(2) In these Regulations—

“expedited service” means a service provided to a person who makes an application to the Registrar General before 13:00 on a working day and which is normally provided within 3 relevant hours of the request for a record being received;

“portable document format” means a document which meets the specifications set out in the International Standards Organisation document ISO 32000-1:20085;

“relevant hours” means the hours between 08:00 and 16:00 on a working day;

“standard service” means a service provided to a person who makes an application to the Registrar General and which is normally provided within 5 working days of the request for a record being received;

“working day” means a day which is not a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 19716in England and Wales.

S-2 Provision of the information contained in a birth record in portable document format

Provision of the information contained in a birth record in portable document format

2.—(1) The Registrar General may, on request, search the Registrar General’s certified copies of entries in the birth register and provide a record of the information contained in a birth entry in those copies, in portable document format.

(2) A request for the Registrar General to undertake a search and provide information under paragraph (1) must—

(a)

(a) be made via the public website known as www.gov.uk, and

(b)

(b) indicate whether the record is required by way of standard service or expedited service.

(3) The Registrar General may charge a fee for each record provided under paragraph (1) in accordance with regulation 6 and the fee charged is payable to the Registrar General.

S-3 Provision of the information contained in a death record in portable document format

Provision of the information contained in a death record in portable document format

3.—(1) The Registrar General may, on request, search the Registrar General’s certified copies of entries in the death register and provide a record of the information contained in a death entry in those copies, in portable document format.

(2) A request for the Registrar General to undertake a search and provide information under paragraph (1) must—

(a)

(a) be made via the public website known as www.gov.uk, and

(b)

(b) indicate whether the record is required by way of standard service or expedited service.

(3) The Registrar General may charge a fee for each record provided under paragraph (1) in accordance with regulation 6 and the fee charged is payable to the Registrar General.

S-4 Provision of the information contained in a marriage record in portable document format

Provision of the information contained in a marriage record in portable document format

4.—(1) The Registrar General may, on request, search the Registrar General’s certified copies of entries in the marriage register and copies of entries in the conversion register7and provide a record of the information contained in a marriage entry in those copies, in portable document format.

(2) A request for the...

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