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Ordering a copy certificate

Certificates are exact copies of the record made by the registrar at the time of the birth, marriage or death. We can provide certificates for most events that took place in Cheshire West and Chester district. If the event took place in another district you should either:

If you wish to purchase a marriage certificate and you were married in a church in Cheshire West and Chester please contact us on 0300 123 7037 to check that we hold the record.

Certificates from adopted entries

If you have already been legally adopted and require a birth certificate you should contact the General Register Office to obtain a copy of your certificate.

  • General Register Office website 
  • Telephone: 0300 123 1837
  • Post: Adoptions Section, Room C202, General Register Office, Trafalgar Road, Southport PR8 2HH

Family History

If you wish to order a certificate for family history purposes, please visit our family history page

If you would prefer not to use the family history online site or if you are applying for a more recent (post 1950) certificate, there are three ways to apply;

  • By email using the application form attached
  • By post
  • In person


You can download and complete the application form below and email it to:

Please note that, we will shortly be linking to an online payments facility. In the meantime, we will need to contact you by telephone to take the payment by credit/debit card before your application can be processed.

If you live overseas you must contact Chester Register Office on 0300 123 7037 before sending your application form by email, as we are unable to call international telephone numbers.


If you wish to order a certificate by post please include a cheque or postal order for £11 made payable to ‘Cheshire West and Chester’. You must also provide the following information:

  • Birth - Full name at birth, place of birth, date of birth, both parent’s names and mother’s maiden surname if applicable.
  • Death - Full name of the deceased, place of death, date of death, and age at death.
  • Marriage - The names of both parties and the place and date of the marriage.

Remember to include a contact telephone number and your full postal address.

In person

To order a certificate in person you should visit Chester Register Office and complete an application form, payment will be taken at the time of application and we accept most credit/debit cards, cash or cheque (if supported by a bank guarantee card).

How long will it take?

Applications are usually dealt within two days, although at busy periods it may take slightly longer.

Certificate Costs

The cost of a certificate is £10, plus postage of £1 if you would like it to be posted (1st class) to an address in the UK or £2 if posted aboard (standard Air Mail).

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