FCO changes registration of births & deaths of British Citizens overseas

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now started to change the way it registers the births and deaths of British Citizens overseas.

The process of registering the births and deaths of British Citizens overseas will gradually be withdrawn from British Consulates during 2014. Thereafter registrations will be carried out in a central registration unit in the UK. The transfer of services started today, 9th June 2014.

There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same but you will need to allow extra time for documents to be sent to and from the UK.

The transfer will affect all applications from the following countries or territories: Andorra; Belgium; France; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Germany; Greece; Guadeloupe; Holy See; Italy; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Martinique; Mayotte; Monaco; Netherlands; New Caledonia; Portugal; Reunion; San Marino; Spain; St Pierre and Miquelon; Switzerland; Wallis and Fortuna; USA; and UAE.

The FCO said they will transfer all remaining countries in two further phases before the end of 2014.

Click here for information on how to apply for a consular birth registration.

Click here for information on how to apply for a consular death registration.