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Request a copy certificate

Find out about getting copy certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

Where the birth, death, marriage or civil partnership took place


We can only issue copy certificates for births, marriages or deaths that took place in the county of Leicestershire (not Leicester City).

For events that took place within Leicester City, e.g. births in Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital  and Leicester General Hospital, you’ll need to contact the City of Leicester Register Office.

Requesting a certificate

You can order certificates online. This is a two stage process:

  1. Look for the certificate in our Records Search Form. If found you can order and pay for the certificate directly online.
  2. If you can't find the certificate in the online search, submit your request using our Certificate Request Form. If the record is available the registration team will contact you with instructions to place your order and pay online.

If the record is not held by Leicestershire, the team will give instructions as to where it can be found and no fee will be taken. The researching family history page has more information on the birth and death registers we hold.


A copy certificate costs £10, plus a £1 administration charge.

Both full and short birth certificates cost £10. The short certificate is not usually accepted by banks or the Passport Office.

Allow 3 to 5 working days from us receiving your request to processing your order. An express service is available through the online form for an extra £5, where we will process and post your certificate on the same day.

A pay and wait service is available. Please call for more details.

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