Copy birth certificates

Types of birth certificates that are available

Standard birth certificate

This is a complete copy of the birth entry; it includes name at birth, date of birth, place of birth and any parent details.

It is required for passports and other legal purposes.

Cost: £11

Priority service £35.

The priority service enables the certificate to be available for collection in person or posted, first class, within 24 hours of application.

Short birth certificate

This certificate shows the name and surname, sex, date of birth and district of birth.

Cost: £11

Priority service £35.

The priority service enables the certificate to be available for collection in person or posted, first class, within 24 hours of application.

Adoption certificates

Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the General Register Office.

Information you need to provide

  • Full name at birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth (full address or name of hospital)
  • Fathers full name
  • Mothers full name at time of child's birth (including maiden name)

How to request a birth certificate

Online

Request a copy birth certificate online.

Telephone

Call 0300 123 6705 Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Mail or in person

You can write to us or visit us at the following address:

Lancashire Certificate Service,
Lancashire Archives,
Bow Lane,
Preston,
Lancashire,
PR1 2RE

We are open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, except the first Wednesday every month when we open at 10.30am.

When applying in person there may be a waiting time whilst the certificate is being produced.

Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Lancashire County Council.