Manchester City Council

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Making an application for a copy certificate

Availability of Certificates

Copy birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificates

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

For events not registered in the city of Manchester, you will need to contact the register office in the district where the event was registered, to buy a copy certificate.

Certificates for events registered prior to 1915.

Manchester Central Library now stores the records, and produces the copy certificates, for births, marriages and deaths registered before 1915.

Manchester Central Library houses a wide range of family history resources including the General Register Office index, parish registers, and the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Help Desk.

Applications can be made by post or in person at Central Library, but the easiest way is on-line using a reference number from www. .

All the pre 1915 births and marriage records and 90% of the deaths records have now been indexed on

For more information visit the Library's Family History pages

Manchester Central Library will not be offering a priority service for the pre 1915 certificates. Certificates will be ready for collection or posted out within 5 working days

Certificates for events registered from 1915 onwards.

Manchester Register Office continues to produce copy certificates for events registered from 1915 to the present date.

Additional information about 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)
  • The price is the same for the full or the short certificate 

    Additional information about copy civil partnership certificates

  • 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.

    downloadable application form is available

    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
    M2 5LE

    Tel: 0161 234 5005

    The following charges and standards apply.

    Standard Service

    Certificate cost: £10.00
    Postage: £1  (incl. VAT)

    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  (not available for pre 1915 certificates)

    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 £7.50 (incl. VAT) 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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