Certificates: births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Service information

If you require a copy of any birth, death, marriage or civil partnership which occurred in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen since July 1837 to date you can apply to the register office, Blackburn. The application can be made by phone, in person or by post.

The fee for each certificate is £10. Please note that if you are applying for a recent birth, death, marriage or civil partnership then different fees may apply. Please contact us for the correct fee and advice.

If applying by post the cheque/postal order should be made payable to "Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council", please write the cheque guarantee card number on the reverse side of the cheque.

We accept credit/debit cards.

The information required:

  • Full name(s) at the time of registration;
  • Parent(s) name(s) if applying for a birth certificate;
  • Date of event;
  • Place event occurred;
  • Any additional information that could be helpful in identifying the correct certificate.

All certificates are processed within 7 working days and you may collect the issued certificate from the register office, Blackburn or have it posted out by first class delivery for an additional fee.

There is also an express service available:

  • Certificate issued within 1 working day - £20 extra
  • Certificate issued within 3 working days - £10 extra

It is becoming apparent that the short birth certificate is becoming less acceptable to both public and non-public bodies. The passport agency requires standard birth certificates for anyone born on or after the 1st January 1983. Our advice is to obtain the full birth certificate, which is valid for all purposes.

Download application forms

Alternatively you may apply direct to the General Register Office by phone on 0300 123 1837, email certificate.services@gro.gsi.gov.uk or their website.

Contact details

Mail The Register Office, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 588660
Fax Number(s) 01254 588661
E-mail registrars@blackburn.gov.uk
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