Coronavirus updates - Copy certificates

If you wish to purchase a copy certificate from the Register Office, please use our online ordering service or postal applications. No counter applications will be accepted.  Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee turnaround times for posting out certificates during this time.

Copy certificates

We hold records of all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that have taken place in Liverpool and the majority of West Derby, Toxteth Park and a small area of Prescot, since 1 July 1837.

If you need certificates for family history or research purposes please see our family history certificate page.

Before you apply

Search for Lancashire BMD index reference

Before you apply for a copy certificate you will need search for the index reference of the record. You can do this by:

What if I cannot find a Lancashire BMD index reference?

If you cannot find the index reference for the record on the Lancashire BMD please apply with the full event details below.

  • Name of the person (and the name of their partner in the case of a marriage/civil partnership).
  • Exact date of the event.
  • Exact place of birth or death.
  • Name of the church, register office or venue, for a marriage/civil partnership.

Additional verifiable information

You should also include any additional information that will help us verify that we have found the correct record, for example:

  • Birth record – father or mother’s names, mother’s maiden name.
  • Death entry – occupation or address of deceased, possible informant’s names.
  • Marriage entry – occupation or address of either party.

Types of certificate

Full birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates contain all information recorded in the register. A short birth certificate is also available but it does not include details of the parents and may not always be accepted by passport offices or other organisations.

If the certificate relates to an adopted person, and is required in the person’s adopted name, please contact the General Register Office.

How much will it cost?

Type of service, cost and how to order a copy certificate
Type & cost  Delivery time How to order Search reference details
Standard service - £11 including 2nd class postage Posted out within seven days
  • Online
  • By post
You must supply the Lancashire BMD index reference for this service, or the full event details outlined above
Priority service - £35 including 1st class postage Posted out the same day
  • Online - application and payment must be received by 1pm Monday to Friday
You must supply the Lancashire BMD index reference for this service, or the full date and event details outlined on this page

How to apply

Apply online

You can order online using a credit or debit card.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

Apply online

Apply by post

Please select the correct form below (or send us a letter with the details outlined in 'Before you apply') and return it to the address on the form with the correct fee, and enclose a cheque or postal order made out to ‘Liverpool City Council’.

We do not accept cash or credit/debit card details through the post.