Certificates

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Copy certificates

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

You may apply by:

  • post – please remember to include a stamped addressed envelope and payment by cheque or postal order made payable to 'Peterborough City Council'
  • telephone by calling customer services on 01733 864646 
  • 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 (there is a £1 administration charge for this). Orders taken over the counter at the register office can also be paid for in cash. 

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.

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Certificate fees

  • Certificates issued at the time of registration are £4. The short birth certificate will also be charged at £4 per certificate
  • Certificates issued and posted as a result of re-registration or registration following a declaration at another register office are £4 plus a £1 postage fee.
  • Certificates issued after the time of registration are £7 from an incomplete register or £10 from a completed register plus a £1 fee for postage and administration.
  • Civil partnership certificates are always £10 after the ceremony. There are two types of certificate available:
    • Standard certificate - includes partners' addresses.
    • Extract certificate - does not include partners' addresses.

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Same day certificates

A priority certificate service is available at Peterborough register office for a fee of £37, in addition to the above standard fees for certificates.

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

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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.

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Application forms

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Family history

If you are ordering certificates as part of family history research, you may like to know that Vivacity’s Peterborough Archives Service can help you with your searches.

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.

Here are some other useful websites:

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