Copy certificates

The easiest way to get replacement birth, marriage or death certificates is direct from the register office holding the records. They are also available from the General Register Office.

Further information

Copy Certificates are for events which occurred in Leicester City only

In Leicester we have details of births, deaths and marriages which have taken place in the city since 1st July 1837, when civil registration began.

Due to boundary changes, some birth and death records may be held in the Leicestershire Register Office. You can download a list of locations at the bottom of the page which have all their records kept in Leicester.

The registers for all marriages in the city before 1899 are held at our register office, but marriages since 1899 are also subject to boundary changes, and may be registered at the Leicestershire Register Office.

We should be able to provide details of the register office which holds the details for any birth, death or marriage which is not held by us. Please contact us before applying for a certificate if you are not sure which register office holds details of it.

Applying online

The easiest way to apply for a copy certificate is online. The certificate costs £10, and there is an administration charge of £3 per application made online.

Applications take up to four working days to be processed, and certificates will be sent by first class post.

If you are unable to supply precise information then it may take longer for us to locate the entry. If you are uncertain of the date of an event we will search for a three-year period.

The forms for each type of certificate are listed below:

Applying by post

You can print out any of the above forms and return them to us at the following address:

The Register Office
Town Hall
Town Hall Square
Leicester
LE1 9BG

You should include a stamped addressed envelope with your application. If one is not included your certificate will be sent by second class post.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Leicester City Council. 

If you are unable to supply precise information, we may be able to do a wider search for a fee of £10 per application. You will need to contact us once you have applied to arrange this.

Does it matter if the person has been adopted?

If the birth certificate is for someone who has been adopted and it is the certificate showing the original name then application should be made to the local office, stating the original name. The application should also state that you are aware that the person has been adopted.

If the birth certificate is for someone who has been adopted and it is the certificate showing the adopted name that is required then application must be made to the adopted children’s register.

Can I search the adopted children’s register myself?

No, the law prevents this. The two options available are to search the national indexes for England and Wales, or search the indexes at the register office which covers the location in which the event took place.

If you wish to search the indexes at the local register office, you should contact them for advice. The cost for this search is £18 for up to six hours, and copy certificates cost £10.

It is recommended you contact the office at least seven days before you want to conduct your search.

What happens if the birth, death or marriage took place before 1st July 1837?

Prior to July 1837 births and deaths were not registered but you may find that the local archivist holds the records.

For further information contact the Leicestershire Records Office.

Warning

Beware of companies overcharging for replacement birth, marriage or death certificates. A number of private services have been set up online, which often appear to be official.  They may pay to appear at the top of internet search results and listings on websites to grab your attention. 

But these websites can charge you extra ‘administration fees’ and some of them ask you to call premium rate telephone lines for their advice and services. In most cases you will have paid more for exactly the same service. 

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