Copy certificates

If you wish to obtain a copy certificate for a birth, marriage or death that was registered in Salford, you can apply directly to Salford Council in writing, by telephone on 0161 793 2500 or in person, though a certificate can only be issued after we have received a credit or debit card payment.

Copy certificates can be ordered online from the General Register Office using a debit or credit card. Alternatively you can apply to the General Register Office, Smedley Hydro, Trafalgar Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2HH or telephone 0300 123 1837.

The Salford register office holds records of births, deaths and marriages for the city of Salford (including the areas of Swinton, Pendlebury, Eccles, Worsley and Salford) from 1837.

If you wish to obtain a copy certificate for a birth, marriage or death that was registered in Salford you can apply in writing, by telephone on 0161 793 2500 or in person, at the address given below or you can apply and pay for your copy certificate online from the General Register Office.

If you do wish to apply in person you will be asked to leave the application with us unless you pay £15 for the priority service, in addition to the standard certificate fee of £10 where your request will be dealt with within 30 minutes (with accurate information given). Please note that if you wish to pay for the priority service, the latest you can drop in is 4pm.

Please provide the following information with your request:

  1. The type of certificate you are seeking: birth, marriage or death
  2. The name or names the certificate applies to
  3. The date of the event
  4. The place of the event
  5. Any other relevant information that may help us to locate the certificate. This should include parents names, occupations and any addresses at the time of the event.
  6. You must give the reason why you are applying for the certificate.

Please note however, we cannot verify any information held within the register, you must apply and pay for the certificate. In each case, where an application is made with minimum information such as the name, quarter or year, and district, a certificate will be issued and fee charged without exception.


The cost of all standard birth, death and marriage certificates is £11 (inclusive of the administration fee of £1) when applying for certificates via post, or with a credit/debit card, or in person where you wish the certificate to be posted out to you. We cannot issue a certificate until we have received payment. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to 'Salford City Council'. We will only accept a cheque when applying by post and with the cheque card guarantee details written on the reverse of the cheque. 

All certificates will be issued within seven working days from receipt of the application, unless you pay for the priority service. If you choose to have your certificate posted out to you, the fee will be £11 which includes a first class delivery. If you choose to return to collect your certificate in person after seven working days, the fee will be £10.

A shorter birth certificate is available for £11 (inclusive of the administration fee of £1) when applying for certificates via post, online or with a credit/debit card. This shows the person's name, sex, date of birth and registration district of birth.

The standard birth certificate also shows place of birth, parents' names and occupations of parents.

Overseas applicants are asked to send sterling, by registered mail if possible, or a cheque drawn in pounds sterling (GBP) currency.

Please note if the certificate you have requested is unavailable then we shall issue a refund to you. However please be aware that any refunds will be issued in the same way that you have applied and can take up to two weeks to process.

Priority Service

We offer a priority service where you can receive your certificate within 30 minutes in person at the Register Office.  This is available only if you give full and accurate information on your application.  You can also apply by telephone with a credit/debit card. 

The fees for the priority service and certificate with effect from 1 May 2017 are:

  • £25 in person 30 minute service
  • £25 by telephone – same day first class post (last available order time 3pm) -  telephone number 0161 793 2500
  • £32.30 by telephone – same day special delivery post (last available order time 3pm – telephone number 0161 793 2500

Opening times

The opening times of the office are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Who to contact

Remember you can contact us quicker, easier, better online.

Contact us online

Salford Register Office
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5AW
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This page was last updated on 25 July 2017