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Lewisham Register Office during COVID-19

Find out what changes we have made to our Register Office in response to COVID-19.
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Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

All marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are postponed.

The only exception to this is where one of those getting married/forming a civil partnership is seriously ill and not expected to recover ('deathbed wedding') or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

These weddings are limited to 6 people. If this is the case please email us at register.office@lewisham.gov.uk or call us 0208 690 2128.

If your authority document is going to expire

If your authority document will expire before you are able to reschedule your ceremony please email us on register.office@lewisham.gov.uk for advice.

Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

It is with regret that due to further COVID-19 restrictions all notice appointments are suspended until further notice and should only take place in exceptional circumstances.

The guidance reads as follows:

These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

If you feel you have exceptional circumstances that should allow your notice appointment and ceremony to take place, please email us at register.office@lewisham.gov.uk and kindly provide evidence of this. Please be aware that these ceremonies will have a maximum capacity of six people, which includes the couple and two witnesses.

We are not rescheduling or booking any new dates for ceremonies until restrictions are lifted.

All postponed notice appointments will take priority when restrictions are lifted and we hope to make extra availability to cover this.

Citizenship ceremonies

It is with regret that due to further COVID-19 restrictions all citizenship ceremonies are suspended until further notice.

All postponed citizenship ceremonies will take priority when restrictions are lifted and we hope to make extra availability to cover this.

Registering a birth or death

Lewisham Register Office is open for pre-booked birth registration appointments.

Book a birth registration appointment online.

Death registrations continue to take place over the phone.

Book an appointment to register a death over the phone.

COVID-19 safety measures

Follow the COVID-19 Government guidance at all times. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms.

When you arrive at the Lewisham Register Office for a pre-booked appointment:

  • you need to follow social distancing measures at all times.
  • you will be asked to wash and sanitise your hands on entering the building.
  • toilet facilities are currently unavailable.
  • face coverings must be worn unless exempt for medical reasons.
  • you will be asked to wait outside in a queue until you are called into the building for your appointment
  • only the people who need to give notice (and interpreters if required) should attend the appointment.

The car park will be closed. There is pay and display parking spaces on Lewisham Park, the postcode for Lewisham Park is SE13 6QZ.

If you want to cancel your ceremony or notice appointment

If you want to cancel your ceremony or notice appointment you can get a refund by emailing register.office@lewisham.gov.uk.