Other Services offered by Cumbria Registration Service

Central government recently announced that the Registration Service can start to do appointments again, but only when it is safe to do so.

We are working very hard at the moment getting our offices ready and changing how we will work with our customers and communities.  Keeping you and our team safe is our top priority.

We are taking things step by step and as soon as we can, we will gradually start to take appointments and bookings again.

Some of the things we are going to do:

  • Screens at all reception desks and office desks to protect you and our team
  • Masks and gloves for staff  
  • Organising thorough cleaning of each office every day
  • Sourcing stocks of local cleaning materials so the team can clean between each customer appointment
  • Washing our hands more often and always between appointments
  • Hand sanitizer units in place in all offices for you and our team
  • New ways of working to reduce the time we spend with you to a minimum 
  • New ways of working to avoid handling cash wherever possible
  • Up to date signs with advice on how to stay safe in our buildings

We want to do all this but still give you the best customer experience possible.  The safety of you and our team is our top priority, and whilst we hope to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so, we thank you for your continued patience whilst we get everything in place.

Our telephone lines are busy so please visit this web page to keep up to date.

Specific service information:


Death or Still-birth

Notice of Intent for Marriage or Civil Partnership



Corrections and Re-registrations

An opportunity for couples to renew and celebrate their commitment

Our Renewal of Vows ceremony is a wonderful way of celebrating a special anniversary of the date of a marriage or civil partnership, although the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their marriage or civil partnership.

These ceremonies can also provide an opportunity for a couple who may have got married abroad, to celebrate with family and friends who were unable to travel to the wedding.

Your unique ceremony
You will work with one of our expert ceremony staff to select from the options available, and tailor a ceremony that will be special for you and your family.  Every ceremony is different, so you can create something unique for you to remember and treasure.

Just as no two couples are the same, no two ceremonies will be the same. Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony; your children, guests who were at your wedding, friends or members of your family.

Venues that hold current fire and safety regulations and public liability insurance will be deemed suitable to hold a Renewal of Vows ceremony.  Please note however that private homes are not considered suitable.  A list of Registration Offices and Approved Premises which are licensed for civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies are listed on our website. These are excellent locations for renewal of marriage vows ceremonies as these premises are experienced at holding such events.

It is possible to conduct Renewal of Vows ceremonies in some lakeside outdoor locations.

If you wish to discuss the suitability of a particular location please contact the Registration Service on 0300 303 2472 or e mail registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk and we will be happy to help


Important Notice

Neither the Renewal of Vows ceremony nor any other document issued following the ceremony has any legal status.

No part of a Renewal of Vows ceremony offered by us may be of a religious nature.


Our Naming Ceremony offers an opportunity for you to celebrate the birth of a child or to welcome adopted children or stepchildren into your family.

Although traditional christenings or baptisms are still popular, there is an increasing demand for an alternative, non-religious ceremony.

Each ceremony is unique to you and your family. You will have the chance to work closely with an experienced celebrant to select from the options available and tailor a ceremony that is special for you and your family. Every ceremony is different, so you can create something unique for your family to remember and treasure as your children grow.

Who can arrange a naming ceremony?
Any parent, legal guardian or person who has parental responsibility of the child / children may arrange a ceremony.

What are they for?
Naming ceremonies give you the opportunity to:

  • celebrate the naming of the child / children

  • express commitment to the child. The parent or parents pledge their care and love to their child in front of family and friends

  • bring the child into the family and community. Relatives and guests meet and welcome the newest member of the family

  • appoint mentors or supporting adults - a bit like nominating godparents. Family and friends can promise their help and support to the child as he or she grows up within their community

  • give grandparents the opportunity to make promises to support the parents in the raising of their new grandchild.

What happens in a naming ceremony?
Each ceremony is divided into sections and can include:

  • Introduction and welcome

  • Naming of the child/children

  • Parents' promises

  • Supporting adults / mentors' promises

  • Readings and music

  • Signing of commemorative certificates

  • Presentation of gifts

  • Presentation of certificate

  • Closing words

Each section can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

The length of ceremony depends on the type of ceremony and the different options you choose. We suggest that you allow 30 minutes for your ceremony.

Where can naming ceremonies be held?
We offer naming ceremonies in all our registration offices and at approved premises within the county. They may be celebrated on any day of the week except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

If you would like to use a different venue, for example a village hall, this would need to be discussed beforehand and visited by a member of the Registration Service to ensure it is a suitable venue for the ceremony.

How much will the ceremony cost?
The fee will vary depending on the day and time that you choose. For a ceremony in approved premises, you will need to contact the specific venue of your choice regarding their availability and fees, this is in addition to our fees.

For further information please contact:

Cumbria Registration Service
Tel: 0300 303 2472

Email: registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk


From 1st January 2004, anyone over the age of 18 who successfully applies to become a British Citizen must take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The aim of the citizenship ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the community. It is intended to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship is not a purely bureaucratic process.

Cumbria County Council is responsible for organising ceremonies for successful applicants living in the County on behalf of the Home Office.  A ceremony can be held at any point, but must be within three months of the Home office notification. The venue for a ceremony will be determined by where you live, but in Cumbria will usually be at the Register Office in Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle.

As soon as Cumbria Registration Service receives notification that an applicant has been successful, the applicant is contacted by letter and notified about the date of their ceremony.

The ceremony begins with a welcoming speech (often by a local dignitary), and the applicants then swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and give a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom before being presented with their citizenship certificates. The presentation of the certificate marks the point at which British citizenship is conferred. 


For further information please contact:

Cumbria Registration Service
Tel: 0300 303 2472

Email: registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk