Manchester City Council

Births, marriages, deaths & nationality Buy a copy certificate

Making an application for a copy certificate

Availability of Certificates

Copy birth, marriage or death certificate

Manchester Registration Service holds records of births, deaths, and marriages registered in the City of Manchester from July 1837 to the present.

Copy birth certificates

  • Full certificate (shows all the details entered in the register)
  • Short copy birth certificate (shows only the name, gender, date of birth and place of registration)

    Copy civil partnership certificate

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

    Please note that in order to obtain the standard certificate you must be able to provide the partners' full addresses.

    How to apply

    You can apply for a copy certificate if you have the relevant information.

    How to pay

    • cash, cheque or postal order made payable to Manchester City Council.
    • credit/debit card. (Required for on-line purchases)
    • post
    • personally attending the office

    The Register Office
    Heron House
    47 Lloyd Street
    Manchester
    M2 5LE

    Tel: 0161 234 5005

    The following charges and standards apply.

    Standard Service

    Certificate cost: £10.00

    Certificates will usually be available for collection, or posted out, within 5 working days. If applying on-line or by post we aim to process your application within 5 working days.

    Premium Service

    Counter Applications

    Certificate cost: £10.00

    plus a £11.00, non-refundable, same-day service charge per application. Certificates will usually be available within 1 hour. Premium service applications must be received by 3.30pm in order to be processed the same day.

    On line / Postal Applications

    Certificate cost: £10.00

    plus a £11.00, non-refundable, same-day service charge and a £5.00 (this will increase to £7.00 in the near future) postage charge per application. The certificates will be posted Royal Mail, guaranteed next day delivery, to the UK mainland and for overseas applicants will be sent Royal Mail Airsure or international signed for delivery.  On-line / postal applications must be received by 12.00 noon in order to be processed the same day. 

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