Coronavirus: Registration Service

(Updated 1 April 2020)

Closure of Registration Offices

The following registration offices are closed until further notice, due to coronavirus. 

  • Clitheroe Registration Office
  • Morecambe Registration Office 
  • Nelson Registration Office
  • Rawtenstall Registration Office
  • St Anne's Registration Office

All other registration offices in Lancashire currently remain open.


(Updated 31 March 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

All ceremonies are to be postponed until further notice.  If you have paid money to Lancashire Registration Service it will be carried over to the new booking.

We are contacting all those people with ceremonies booked to inform them of this decision. This is being done in date order, dealing first with those ceremonies booked in April, then May and so on. The service will be in contact with all couples who have ceremonies booked later in the summer as soon as they are able to.

Please be assured that the service are doing the very best they can to contact everyone as quickly as we possibly.

New bookings

We are sorry, but we are unable to take any new bookings until further notice. Please do not contact the service at this time, as they are currently handling a high volume of enquiries and the priority is to contact those with existing bookings.

We appreciate this will cause uncertainty to people planning their big day but we must follow guidance from central government, and at this stage we cannot say when they will restart. This is being kept under constant review and we will update our website and social media channels once this service resumes.


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 Cause of Death Certificate (MDCD), 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. We're sorry that there may be some delays due to the current circumstances.

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. 

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

As soon as this service resumes we will publish this via our website and our social media channels.

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.

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.