Manchester City Council

Births, marriages, deaths & nationality Before you buy your certificate

We charge £11 for the standard service and £28.50 for the premium service, for copy certificates bought online. The premium service is available for all certificates for births, marriages, deaths and civil partnerships registered after 1917. 

For the standard service, we aim to process your application within 5 working days. However this timescale is not guaranteed. At the moment, due to a recent office move, it is taking around 10 working days, for certificates from 1917 onwards. If you require your certificate by a specific date, we recommend that you use the Premium Service.

Please note: the office will be closed on Friday 15th June as we are moving offices (just downstairs to the first floor of Heron House). We will, however,  be open as usual for any pre-booked ceremonies.  We will be unable to process any copy certificate applications on this day. It will not be possible to process any Premium Service applications that are submitted online on 15 June, until Monday 18 June.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


We can provide a copy certificate if:

  • the person was born after 1 July 1837
    If the person was born before this date, please see family history research.
  • the person was born in the city of Manchester
    The place of birth must have been in the City of Manchester boundary area at the time. The boundaries of the city of Manchester have changed over time. Neighbouring areas like Salford, Trafford, Rochdale, Oldham and other Greater Manchester areas do not count as the city of Manchester. Check which areas are in the Manchester boundary.
  • you have all the information we need to complete the search
    We need the person's full name, date of birth, and your email address and payment card details.
    We need extra information if they were born before 1 January 1928.

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