Coronavirus updates - Copy certificates

Please use our online ordering service to purchase a copy certificate as we are not accepting counter applications.  Unfortunately, due to staffing issues arising from rising rates of Covid infections, there may be a delay in processing your application.

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 15 working days
  • Online
  • Post - send a postal order or cheque payable to Liverpool City Council to Liverpool Register Office, St George's Hall
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 next working day
  • Online - application and payment must be received by 4pm Monday to Friday. Applications received at the weekend will be processed and posted out Monday (excludes bank holidays)
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