Coronavirus: Registration Service

(Updated 30 June 2020)

Closure of Registration Offices

We are now able to make limited pre-arranged appointments for urgent birth registrations and wedding/civil ceremony notices at our Preston registration office. We are working hard to be able to do the same at our other registration offices as soon as possible and will update you here.

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

Ceremonies

(Updated 25 June 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

The government has announced that from 4 July religious and civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships can recommence in England, if certain social distancing conditions are met. If you already have a ceremony booked with us during July we will work with you and your venue to deliver your ceremony whilst following the guidance. 

The maximum number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership is 30. This includes the couple, registration staff and anyone else such as a photographer. You need to be aware that the number of people present at a wedding or civil partnership will also be determined by the size of the room where the wedding or civil partnership is taking place to allow for social distancing.

If 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 let you know as soon as we have any further updates.

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.  We are sorry but we are unable to take any further bookings for ceremonies in July 2020.

Ceremonies abroad

We are aware that other countries that have emerged fully from lockdown are now offering venues and dates for weddings and civil ceremonies later this year onwards.

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).

We are very sorry, but we are still unable to provide this service.  We will update you soon as possible to let you know when this service is available.

Registrations

All appointments relating to registration of births, re-registration of births, and notice of intention to marry or form a civil partnership are currently on hold but please see below for the latest updates.

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

The government has announced that from 1 June you can now register your baby's birth but this must still take place in person by law. We need to get our registration offices COVID-19 ready before we can reopen and arrange an appointment for you. We are working hard to do this, but keeping you and our staff safe is our priority. As soon as we know the date we will let you know.

We will contact you to make your appointment. Please don't worry if it takes a few weeks after the offices reopen. Bear with us as we have a backlog and waiting list as we had to suspend the service.

The government has 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 has 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.