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.

Family history 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.

Before you apply

Please supply us with the information below. Unfortunately, without it we will have to return your application.

Search the Lancashire BMD for the record reference

Before you apply for a family history certificate by our Standard or Priority service, you will need to find the index reference of the record. You can do this by:

What if I cannot find a record on the Lancashire BMD?

If you cannot find the index reference for a record on the Lancashire BMD database please give us the full event details listed 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.

Alternatively, please provide us with the details below which can be found on the Free BMD database. Your local library may be able to help you with this search.

  • Name and initials exactly as stated on index.
  • Registration district.
  • Year and quarter

If you provide us with the information above we will search our database for the entry. If it appears on our database we can offer the priority service. Unfortunately, if we need to do a manual index search we can only offer the standard service.

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.

How much will it cost?

Type of service, cost and how to order a family history certificate
Type & cost  Delivery time How to order Search reference details
Standard service - £11 including 2nd class postage Posted out within 3 weeks
  • 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
Priority service - £35 including 1st class postage Posted out on the same day
  • Online - application and payment must be received by 1pm Monday-Friday
You must supply the Lancashire BMD index reference for this service
Manual index search - £11 including 2nd class postage Posted out within 3 weeks
  • Online 
  • Post - send a postal order or cheque payable to Liverpool City Council to Liverpool Register Office, St George's Hall
For customers who cannot find a Lancashire BMD but can give us details from the Free BMD database or full event details outlined above

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