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Copy certificates

How do I obtain a copy certificate?

Online certificate applications

Customers are now able to use an online 'search and complete' certificate application process. This allows customers to search for the correct details ahead of completion of the certificate application process.

Personal applications may be made at the Register Office (no appointment required) 

At the Register Office you will be asked to complete a short application form.


Standard copy birth, death or marriage certificates provided within 7 working days following receipt of application will be £11.00 per certificate.

If certificates are required the same day then a priority service charge of £35.00 will be charged per certificate.  

You can obtain a copy certificate of a birth, death, or marriage that has taken place in England and Wales since 1st July 1837 from the Register Office for the district in which the event occurred.

For overseas customers, please ensure cheques are expressed in Sterling and drawn on a London Bank.

If a birth certificate is for someone who has been adopted, then the application should be made to:

Adopted Children’s Register
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Tel: 0300 123 1837

If you need further help or advice, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you Certificates are Crown Copyright and should not be photocopied for official purposes