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: £10

Priority same day service additional £10.

Short birth certificate

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

Cost: £10

Priority same day service additional £10.

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


Request a copy birth certificate online.


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,

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.

Certificates ordered and collected on the same day will be subject to an additional cost of £10

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