You only have to tell us once

Posted on 10 January 2012 by North Dorset District Council

Report a birth or death in one place in North Dorset thanks to a new service called Tell Us Once which has been launched across the county.

All councils in Dorset have signed up to the initiative that enables people to notify one place of a birth or death.  It is hoped that the new service will reduce stress for people and cut red tape for councils.

Under the new Tell Us Once service, only the Registrar will need to be informed of a birth or death.  With permission, the Registrar will pass on the right information to the relevant council departments and other public sector service providers, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Identity and Passport Service and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Councillor Audrey Burch, portfolio holder for Community at North Dorset District Council, said: “Dealing with these things, particularly a death, is quite traumatic so anything we can do to relieve stress and red tape has to be a good thing.  Sharing information across departments and organisations in this way has to be a much more efficient way of working.”

The service is being operated through a nationwide computer system provided by the Department for Work and Pensions.

At the moment residents still have to contact the Registrar face to face because signatures are required on documents.  However, in time, the service will develop to allow people to report a death online or by telephone.

North Dorset residents can register births and deaths at the following locations:

In Blandford at the North Dorset District Council offices;

In Dorchester at the Colliton Annexe, County Hall;

In Gillingham at the Gillingham Direct office at the Town Council;

In Shaftesbury at the Abbey View Medical Centre.

To make an appointment please call: 01305 225153 or for further details such as available appointment days and times please visit or

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Blandford Forum
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