Modernising civil registration

The way we register births and deaths, and give notice to marry is being modernised.

Registration online

Following the 2005 consultation 'Registration Modernisation', which reinforced the commitment to modernisation of the local registration service, new governance arrangements were put in place across the local registration service.

In March 2006, the General Register Office (GRO) introduced a web-based system that enabled civil partnership to be registered online. This system - Registration Online (RON) - has since been extended to cover birth, death, stillbirth and marriage preliminaries registration. The final module of the RON system will record marriage registrations; this will be introduced approximately a year after the marriage preliminaries module, to maximise efficiencies in the transfer from the former procedures.

GRO is also currently reviewing its options for digitising all birth, death and marriage records dating back to 1837 - details are below.
In a further modernisation initiative, the registrars general for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland launched the disclosure of death registration information scheme in January 2008.

Digitisation project

The digitisation and indexing project (D&I) aims to scan and digitise birth, marriage and death registration records for England and Wales from 1837 to the present day. As well as the digitisation of the records themselves, the project includes the creation of an online index to the records and an upgrade to the online certificate ordering process.

Project update 2011

D&I is currently in a pause status as IPS awaits the outcome of the government's comprehensive spending review (CSR). It is possible that the outcome of the CSR will impact on the overall scope of the project, as well as timescales and procurement activity. Further updates will be posted on this page, as soon as information is available.

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