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How to become a Registrar


Career progression and salary expectations for a Registrar


Assistant Registrar

| Up to £18,000


| Up to £35,000

Super-Intendent Registrar

| Up to £50,000

The role of a Registrar

Looking for a job for life? You should be a Registrar…

Registrars are probably best known for performing marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, usually within a register office.

However, they carry out a variety of other responsibilities which help document all stages of someone’s life, ranging from recording details of births in the area through to issuing death certificates.

Typical duties for a Registrar may include:

  • Interviewing parents after a baby’s been born
  • Issuing birth certificates
  • Performing marriage duties and officiating civil partnerships
  • Interviewing family members after a death
  • Issuing death certificates
  • Informing a coroner if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death
  • Sending statistical information to the Office of the Register General
To become a Registrar of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, you definitely need to be a ‘people person’.

You’ll be helping people make it through some of the happiest times of their lives, as well as some of the saddest. Being personable and compassionate will be key in getting through each day as painlessly as possible.

Those that find it difficult to hold it together every time they hear ‘I do’ need not apply…

Other necessary skills for a Registrar include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organisational skills (N.B. there may be some paperwork…)
  • Discretion
  • Tact
  • Empathy
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Confidence when it comes to public speaking
"I’ve been working as a Registrar for my local council for around three years, and I’ve never regretted it for a second of that. It can definitely be tough at times, and a typical week can be a real emotional rollercoaster. You can go from being an integral part of a couple’s big day one minute, to consoling a family after someone they love has passed away, and issuing the death certificate yourself. But the variety is kind of what I love the most. Also, sometimes you even get a piece of cake. That’s always nice too…"

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