Registrar of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Registrars collect and record details of all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£48,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a Registrar of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Each local authority sets its own entry requirements, so check with them for details of what you'll need.

You can usually get into this job through:

  • working your way up
  • applying directly


You could start as a deputy registrar. With experience and on-the-job training, you could then apply for a registrar position.

To apply for a deputy role, you'll usually need:

  • to be at least 18 years of age
  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths or equivalent

You could also work your way up from a managerial role at a local council or private sector company. You could then apply for a registrar position.

Direct application

To apply directly for registrar jobs, you'll need experience in management, in handling budgets, and knowledge of relevant legislation and legal processes. You'll also need excellent customer service, public speaking and IT skills.

You might get this type of experience from working at managerial level in a registrar’s department, local council or private sector company.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • active listening skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 21 years of age

Doctors, midwives, ministers of religion, funeral directors and anyone working in the life assurance industry are not allowed to become registrars.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you may be:

  • interviewing parents and relatives after a birth or death
  • completing computerised and paper records
  • issuing birth or death certificates
  • informing the coroner if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding a death
  • collecting statistics to send to the General Register Office
  • taking payment for copies of certificates
  • keeping accurate records
  • performing civil ceremonies

Working environment

You could work in the community, from home or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could be promoted from assistant registrar to deputy registrar, then to registrar and superintendent.

Each district has at least one superintendent registrar and deputy, and each sub-district has a registrar and deputy.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Registrar of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

"Business Administrator Diploma in Business Administration Level 2"

  • Provider: East Berkshire College
  • Start date: 21 January 2019
  • Location: Egham

Business Administration Pearson Level 1 Award

  • Provider: Richmond And Hillcroft Adult And Community College
  • Start date: 30 April 2019
  • Location: Richmond

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