Copy death certificates

Certificates are available for deaths that occurred within the current Lancashire County Council boundaries only.

If the death took place outside of Lancashire County boundaries you will need to contact the Registration Office of the relevant district to obtain a copy of the certificate. 

If the death took place in Blackburn with Darwen request a copy death certificate from Blackburn with Darwen Council.

If the death took place in Blackpool request a copy death certificate from Blackpool Council.

Find a register office in England and Wales.

We issue standard certificates. These certificates are a certified copy of the original entry of the record of the death.

Standard service £11

Certificates will be posted using Royal Mail second class within 15 working days.

Certificates can be collected in person from Certificate Services, Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE. Please allow 15 working days before collecting certificates unless the priority service has been selected. You can collect your certificate between the hours of 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). Certificates cannot be collected from a registration office.

Priority service £35

The priority service enables the certificate to be available for collection in person or posted, first class, after 24 hours. The service includes the cost of one certificate. Additional copies of the same certificate cost £11. Copies of a different certificate will cost an additional £35.

Orders received before 3pm on Will be sent out by Royal Mail 1st class post or be available for collection on
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Tuesday
Tuesday Wednesday
Wednesday Thursday
Thursday Friday
Friday Monday
Orders received after 3pm on Will be sent out by Royal Mail 1st class post or be available for collection on
Saturday, Sunday Tuesday
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday

These timescales may differ during bank holidays.

Lancashire County Council cannot be held responsible for any delays with the Royal Mail service.

If the death occurred recently you may order copy certificates from the registration office where the death was registered for £11.

Information you need to provide

You will need the following information:

  • Full name at death. If it was a married woman, please give the name and surname of her husband.
  • Date of birth or age at death
  • Occupation
  • Place of death (full address or name of hospital)
  • Home address

How to request a copy death certificate


Request a certificate


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 Services
Lancashire Archives
Bow Lane

We are open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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.