Manchester City Council

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

As of 17 February 2019, we charge £11 for the Standard Service, £35 for the Priority Service, and £42 for the Priority Service with Next Day Delivery, for all copy certificates bought online. The Priority Service with Next Day Delivery option is only available for births registered from 1918 to present date; marriages and deaths registered from 1943 to the present date; and civil partnerships. 

Please note that the processing time for the Standard Service has changed.  We now aim to process Standard Service applications within a maximum of 15 working days. Certificates will be posted out 2nd class. Please do not contact the Register Office, to check where your certificate is, until the 15 working days has elapsed.

If you need your certificate for a specific date, that is less than 15 working days away plus an allowance for delivery time, we advise you to use the Priority Service.

We can only provide a copy certificate if:

  • 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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