Coronavirus: Registration Service

(Updated 19 May 2020)

Closure of Registration Offices

Our Registration Offices are currently closed to the public unless you have a confirmed appointment.

Ceremonies

(Updated 19 May 2020)

Our Registration Service is currently receiving a very high level of enquiries.  If you have already contacted the service - please don't call or email again as this slows down our ability to respond.

Existing bookings

In line with government guidance we are currently unable to deliver ceremonies. If you already have a ceremony booked with us and we have not been in contact with you we can assure you that we are continuing to hold your booking and will be in contact with you soon  

Should you feel that your ceremony booking may still be impacted by the current situation and wish to avoid any uncertainty, we will be happy to re-arrange your ceremony and any fees paid to Lancashire Registration Service will be transferred to your new booking.  Should you wish to postpone and have a date(s) and preferred time (s)  in mind, just email your ceremonies officer and we will be happy to check availability for you and hopefully get you booked in. 

We are carefully following government guidance as it is issued and will continue to update this website.

We are aware that government  is currently examining how and when weddings might resume and as soon as we have more detail we will contact couples who have bookings with us. As far as possible we will make contact with couples in chronological order of their planned ceremony date.   

Please be assured that everyone in the registration service is doing their very best to keep couples informed on how government advice impacts on their booking

New bookings

We are now able to take new bookings but please do bear with us if we can't respond to your enquiry immediately.

Registrations

All appointments relating to registration of births, re-registration of births, and notice of intention to marry or form a civil partnership have been deferred for the foreseeable future.

Registering a death

Due to the current situation with coronavirus, it is not possible to book an appointment to register a death in person. Instead, death registrations will be carried out by telephone. This applies to the registration of all deaths, including those where coronavirus is not the cause. Please do not attend the registration office in person.

We have introduced a new process where your GP surgery, hospital or hospice will send us an electronic copy of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), along with your contact details. Please wait for a registrar to contact you to make arrangements to register the death.

We are working to complete registrations as quickly as possible.

Further guidance about registering a death is on our website.

Registering a birth

All appointments relating to registration of births have been deferred for the foreseeable future. As soon as we can resume registering births we will publish this via our website and our social media channels.

The government have relaxed the 42 day limit - so if you need to register a birth, please don't do anything for now.

Claiming child benefit

The government have updated their guidance on claiming Child Benefit.

If you’re not able to register the birth of your child because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still make a claim to receive Child Benefit.

Ordering certificates

We will deal with certificate applications if they are urgently needed, however we can't guarantee how quickly we can process them. We will try to deal with other applications if we are able to.

If you are ordering a certificate online, please note that we have removed the option to collect in person. All certificates will be now be posted.

The priority service is currently suspended. All certificate requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

Citizenship ceremonies

All citizenship ceremonies are cancelled until further notice. Anyone who is in the process of a citizenship application should receive advice directly from the Home Office.

European Settlement Scheme

This service has been deferred for the foreseeable future. You can still make an application on the government website.