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: Due to the national lockdown, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can only take place if there are exceptional circumstances such as when one partner is seriously ill and not expected to recover. It is not known how long this suspension will continue for. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, existing bookings can only be moved to dates that are from May 2021 and onwards. Bookings for new ceremony dates can only be taken if the date you are requesting is at least 6 months in advance of the time you contacted us.

When ceremonies do recommence, they will be subject to certain restrictions. These restrictions have been put in place in order to ensure social distancing at ceremonies and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission for those attending. They may affect the number of guests that can come to your ceremony, and what can be offered as part of that ceremony.

Please read the following carefully:

We are only able to take new ceremony bookings for dates that are at least 6 months ahead of your enquiry. If you would like to make a new booking please contact us. Alternatively, if you have an existing booking and want to change the date, please get in touch with us.

Birth registrations: You can continue to register the birth of your baby during the lockdown period. 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.

Notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments: If you have an appointment booked with us then please still attend as these appointments are able to continue during the lockdown period. We are contacting, in ceremony date order, those couples who need to give their notice of intention.

Citizenship Ceremonies: Small group citizenship ceremonies are being held. To book a place, please contact us on 01733 864646. Guidance on the restrictions applying to citizenship ceremonies can be read online - please read this carefully.

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

EUSS service: This service is not currently being offered.

Updated: 13 January 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 plus a £1 postage and administration fee 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

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.