Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Register Office: The office is open for pre-booked appointments only. For all other enquiries please call 01733 864646.

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies: While we are aware that the Government has lifted many of the restrictions; we are all still being urged to continue with many of the precautions to keep ourselves and those we care about safe and to reduce transmission of the virus. This is particularly important with rates of the virus higher than we would like in parts of Peterborough.

To ensure that we can continue to provide the services that our residents rely upon, the council has decided not to change the restrictions currently in place for the registration office.

We know this may cause some disappointment, but the council has made this decision to ensure as far as possible that services can continue for all. If our registration staff were to become infected with COVID-19 or needed to self-isolate, we would be left with no choice but to cancel appointments and ceremonies for hundreds of people every week. This in-turn would have a greater impact than limiting numbers permitted to attend a ceremony so that social distancing can be maintained.

The decision will be reviewed by the council at the end of December 2021.

The Lawns Room will remain restricted to 8 people - including the couple, witnesses, guests, and photographer.

We politely request that everyone attending an appointment or ceremony at the Register Office continues to wear a face covering, unless exempt.

Birth registrations: You can continue to register the birth of your baby. There may be a longer wait than usual for an appointment and we thank you for your patience. For more information, please go to the Register a birth page.

Death registrations: These take place over the telephone. You must not come to the Register Office. Please ensure the contact number you give us when making your appointment is correct as this is the number the registrar will phone you on to complete the registration. During the call, the registrar will explain the process for the paperwork. For more information, please go to the Register a death page.

Timescales for requesting a notice of marriage/civil partnership appointment: Until further notice, we are asking couples to follow the timescales specified below when requesting appointments to give Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership with Peterborough Register Office:

Notice appointment timescales

Date of marriage/civil partnership

Earliest date to request a notice appointment

December 2021

Email the Register Office immediately

January 2022

Can request appointments now

February 2022

Can request appointments now

March 2022

December 2021

April 2022

January 2022

May 2022

February 2022

June 2022

March 2022

July 2022

April 2022

August 2022

May 2022

September 2022

June 2022

October 2022

July 2022

November 2022

August 2022

December 2022

September 2022

When booking a notice appointment, the couple will be advised of the required documentary evidence that they will need to bring along.

Citizenship Ceremonies: we are now holding virtual citizenship ceremonies. To book a place, please contact us on 01733 864646. Details of how to join your virtual ceremony will be sent to you after you have made your booking.

Certificates: Orders can only be taken for certificates from recently registered births and deaths. The priority service is suspended.

Updated: 10 November 2021

Introduction

You may order copies of certificates from Peterborough Register Office for births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships which were registered in Peterborough.

How to apply for copy certificates

You may apply by:

  • telephone by calling Customer Services on 01733 864646 
  • post - please remember to include a stamped addressed envelope and payment by cheque or postal order made payable to 'Peterborough City Council'
  • in person at the register office.

You will need to provide the following information:

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

Payment over the telephone or in person can be made by credit/debit card. Orders taken over the counter at the register office can be paid for by card, cash, postal order or cheque. 

Our standard certificate service is 7 days after ordering, providing there are no complications locating the register entry. Certificates can be collected or they can be posted to you. 

It is also possible to obtain certificates either from the register office for the district where the event took place or from the General Register Office.

Certificate fees

All certificates are charged at a flat rate of £11 per certificate, this includes second class postage if you are unable to collect them from the Register Office.

Priority service

A priority certificate service is available for a fee of £35 to include the cost of 1 certificate. If more than one of the same certificate is required on the priority service, the additional certificates will be charged at £11 each. If 2 different certificates are ordered at the same time and both are required on the priority service, for instance a marriage certificate and a birth certificate or birth certificates for 2 different people, then the fee will be £35 per document making a total of £70.

When priority service certificates will be ready

If you order certificates on

Certificates will be ready

Monday before 2.30pm

Monday between 3.45pm and 4pm

Monday after 2.30pm or Tuesday

Wednesday between 3.45pm and 4pm

Wednesday before 2.30pm

Wednesday between 3.45pm and 4pm

Wednesday after 2.30pm or Thursday

Friday between 3.45pm and 4pm

Friday before 2.30pm

Friday between 3.45pm and 4pm

Friday after 2.30pm

Monday between 3.45pm and 4pm

Corrections

If you need to make any corrections after a registration has been completed please contact us. The process for correction is lengthy and may need to be authorised by the Registrar General which will add to the delay in the corrected certificate being issued. You may also be required to make a statutory declaration.

There are fees payable for the consideration of the correction and for any corrected certificates requested. The following national fees apply:

  • Corrections which we are able to authorise locally: £75.00
  • Corrections which we need to refer to the Registrar General:  £90.00

In addition, you will also need to pay again for any certificates you require with the corrected information and, if it is required by the Registrar General, you may also need to pay for a statutory declaration.

Application forms

Copy of Death Certificate Application40KBpdf
Size: 40KBFile format: pdf
Copy of Birth Certificate Application42KBpdf
Size: 42KBFile format: pdf
Copy of Marriage Certificate Application32KBpdf
Size: 32KBFile format: pdf

Customer feedback

We value your feedback on the service we provide for certificate orders.

Family history

The General Register Office has records of every birth, marriage and death registered in England and Wales from July 1837. To go further back you will need to look at local parish records.