Registration update for services in West Sussex

Update on available registration services in West Sussex

Even with the updated guidance and minimal easing of lockdown announced by government, there are still restrictions in place for registering births and deaths across West Sussex.

The West Sussex County Council Registration Service currently has the following guidance in place for residents.

Registering a birth

Birth registration appointments are on hold as the current legislation from The General Register Office only allows face to face appointments.

However, parents are able to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit, prior to the birth being registered. 

Until the service is able to reinstate birth registration, they understand that individuals will not be able to register births within the normal 42 day period.

Registering a death

If residents need to register a death in West Sussex, they are required to do this within five days, and all registrations are now taking place by telephone. 

To book an appointment, please visit or call 01243 642122 for assistance.  

Individuals will then be contacted by an experienced registrar who will guide them through the whole process by telephone and help to complete the registration. 

If individuals have been given the Medical Cause of Death Certificate provided by the doctor, please drop it in to one of the following registration offices, as soon as possible: Crawley, Chichester, Haywards Heath or Worthing – this must be done before the time of your appointment. 

For the most up-to-date information on the current situation of services being run by the County Council, please visit