Registration Service

(Updated 10 September 2021)

Registration Offices are open for pre-booked birth and notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments and ceremonies

You can book appointments online for birth registrations and wedding/civil partnership notices at our Accrington, Burnley, Chorley, Clitheroe, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Ormskirk, Preston and Rawtenstall registration offices. Fleetwood and Nelson registration offices are open for birth appointments only. 

Our staff:

  • may choose to wear a face covering
  • will respect other people's personal space and keep a safe distance
  • will use hand sanitiser and wipe down high touch areas
  • will keep spaces well ventilated

We encourage customers and visitors to:

  • continue to wear a face covering if you are able to do so
  • use hand sanitiser
  • respect other people's personal space and keep to a safe distance
  • avoid visiting while self-isolating or whilst showing any Covid-19 symptoms

Ceremony bookings

We are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of demand and we are working through a backlog of enquiries so please bear with us. At this time we are prioritising enquiries from couples due to marry or form their civil partnership in 2021. If you are booking a ceremony for January 2022 onwards it may take several weeks before we will be able to deal with your enquiry.  Approved Venues in Lancashire are aware of the current backlog. 

If you have contacted the registration service you will automatically receive an acknowledgement. Please don't call or email again to check progress or ask why we have not immediately replied, as this slows down our ability to respond. Please be assured we will contact you as soon as we are able to.

Register Office ceremonies

Please ask your ceremonies officer for details of the room capacity at your chosen Register Office when you book your ceremony.

Our buildings have been designated as Covid-19 secure and we are following Lancashire County Council guidance on safety and cleanliness.

People who have Covid-19 symptoms should not attend and if either of the couple has symptoms of Covid-19 the ceremony should not go ahead.

Anyone who has been instructed to self-isolate must not attend the wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

Your ceremony

From the 1 July 2021 to 6 April 2022 you will have the option to marry outside within the boundaries of your chosen venue. Please ask the venue for details. Find a Lancashire ceremony venue. 

Read the government guidance.

Existing bookings

If we have not been in contact with you we can assure you that we are continuing to hold your booking.

Giving Notice of Marriage 

We have recently changed our policy on giving notice of your intention to marry.  You should attend to give notice of marriage no more than six months prior to the date that your marriage or civil partnership ceremony is due to take place. 

For new notices of marriage and civil partnership please book online to arrange your appointment and pay the appropriate fee. 

If you need to give notice of marriage or civil partnership again because your ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fee for your notice appointment will be waived if all other details remain unchanged.  Please email the office you wish to visit and one of our staff will book your appointment. 

Anyone attending more than 5 minutes late may be asked to rearrange their appointment, there will be no waiting area available in the building when you arrive, so we would advise you to arrive on time and a member of the team will ask you to enter the building.

If you arrive early you may be asked to wait outside until your allotted time, please dress appropriately.

Ceremonies abroad  

We are aware that other countries are offering venues and dates for weddings and civil ceremonies.

If you want to get married or enter into a civil partnership abroad, you may need to give notice of intention to marry in order to obtain a Certificate of no Impediment (CONI). Please email the office you wish to visit and one of our staff will book your appointment.  

Registrations

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

You can now book an online appointment to register your baby's birth at our Accrington, Burnley, Chorley, Clitheroe, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Nelson, Ormskirk, Preston and Rawtenstall registration offices. We will update you here as soon as we are able to do the same at our other registration offices.

If you arrive early you may be asked to wait outside until your allotted time, please dress appropriately.

If the parents of the child were married to each other when the baby was born, either parent may register the birth on their own and will include both parents' names in the register. Please note that only one parent needs to attend to register the baby.  

If you are not married or in a civil partnership and both parents details are to be entered into the register, it is important that both parents attend the appointment together. 

It is not necessary to bring your baby to the appointment. It is requested that you do not bring any other children to the appointment. If it is necessary for you to do so special arrangements may be required. 

Ordering certificates 

All certificate requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

Certificates will be posted using Royal Mail, usually within five working days but may take up to 15 working days due to the current high demand.

The county council cannot be held responsible for any delays with the Royal Mail service.

If you are ordering a certificate online, please note that we have removed the option to collect in person. 

The priority ordering service is currently suspended.

Re-registration

We have currently put the option to re-register a birth to add a natural father or after the marriage of the natural parents on hold. This is to allow us to prioritise other registration functions. We will be reviewing this situation regularly.  If your re-registration request is urgent please contact your local registration office.

Citizenship ceremonies 

Citizenship ceremonies are currently being delivered individually by video conferencing. 

When you receive your ceremony invitation letter from the Home Office please email the citizenship ceremonies office with your full name and reference number to arrange a virtual ceremony.

The time frame for attending a ceremony after receiving your invitation letter has been extended from 3 months to 6 months.