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How to obtain a copy certificate

It is possible to obtain a certificate either from the district where the event took place or from the General Register Office.

In England and Wales, official records of births, deaths and marriages began on 1 July 1837 and Civil Partnership records began on 5 December 2005. Separate systems operate for Scotland and Northern Ireland. The country is divided into registration districts and each has its own register office where the original registers are kept. They contain the records of births, marriages and deaths from 1 July 1837. If you know the area where the event took place you can apply directly to the Register Office for a certified copy of the entry from the registers - there is a charge for this service

Registers of births, deaths and marriages are either:

  • Incomplete - Still being used by a Registrar or  Church
  • Complete - transferred to the Superintendent Registrar for safe keeping

How to apply

If you wish to obtain a copy certificate for a birth, marriage or death that was registered in Peterborough you can apply to us here at Peterborough Register Office by post, telephone or in person. Telephone applications require a card payment so please have these details to hand when telephoning the office.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • The type of certificate you require: birth, death, marriage or civil partnership
  • The name or names the certificate applies to
  • The date of the event
  • The place of the event
  • Parents names for a birth certificate
  • Any other relevant information that may help us to locate the certificate

If applying by post you will also need to include the following:

  • A stamped addressed envelope.
  • Payment in the form of a cheque or postal order made payable to 'Peterborough City Council'.

If applying in person at the Register Office:

  • Payment can be made by cash or credit/debit card (excluding 'Electron'). There is a £1 administration charge for applications paid for by card. 
  • Our standard certificate service is 7 days after ordering (providing there are no complications locating the register entry as this may lead to a delay)..
  • Certificates can be collected or they can be posted to you

If applying by telephone:

  • Payment can be made by credit/debit card (excluding 'Electron' ). There is a £1 administration charge for applications paid for by card.

Our standard certificate service is 7 days after ordering. We do offer a priority service as detailed below:

Priority Certificate Service

A priority certificate service is available for a fee of £30 in addition to the cost of the certificate.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Certificates ordered prior to 14.30 on these days can be collected from the register office between 15.45 and 16.00 the same day or posted 1st class that evening.

If the application is received after 14.30 it will be treated as being received the following working day. 

Tuesday and Thursday: Certificates ordered on these days will be available for collection from the register office between 15.45 and 16.00 the following day or posted 1st class the following evening.

Fees for Birth, Death or Marriage certificates:

  • Certificates issued at the time of registration are £4.00
  • Certificates issued after the time of registration are £7.00 from an incomplete register or £10.00 from a completed register. 

The above same fees also apply to the issue of short birth certificates - a short birth certificate is issued free of charge at the time of the birth registration.

Fees for Civil Partnership certificates

Two types of certificate are available:

  • Standard certificate (which includes partners' addresses)
  • Extract certificate (which does not include partners' addresses)

The same fee applies for each type:

  • Certificates applied for at the time of registration are £4.00
  • Certificates applied for after the registration are £10.00

What if I do not know where the event took place

If you are not sure where the birth, death, marriage or civil partnership occurred, you can order your certificates through General Register Office as they keep records of all events registered in all registration districts in England and Wales.

We cannot issue a certificate until we have received payment. Please note that most agencies including Passports, Jobs, Saving Accounts etc., now request sight of a full birth certificate.

 

 

Application Forms

  • The documents below appear in Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. In order to view it you will need to have Acrobat Reader installed. (Those with visual impairments may wish to investigate Access Adobe, which provides tools and information to help make PDF files more accessible). 

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    PDF file icon  Birth certificate application form
      (238KB, 1 pages)

PDF file icon  Death certificate application form
  (206KB, 1 pages)

PDF file icon  Marriage certificate application form
  (202KB, 1 pages)

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