Copy certificates

The easiest way to apply for a replacement certificate held at the Salford Register Office is by ordering online using the link below. Please have a debit or credit card to hand for payment as this will be required at the end of the process.

Order a copy certificate

Priority applications received before 3pm will be issued and posted on that same day. After this deadline applications will be processed the next working day.

All other applications will be processed within 7 working days and posted out first class.

We are not offering a collection service at this time.

Certificates will be posted out within our current timescales, however, we cannot be held responsible for any delays due to postal delivery services.

Alternatively, you can apply directly to Salford Council by calling 0161 793 2500. A certificate can only be issued after we have received a credit or debit card payment. We cannot accept cheques.

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.

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 £12 (inclusive of the administration fee of £1). We cannot issue a certificate until we have received payment.

All certificates will be issued within seven working days from receipt of the application, unless you pay for the priority service.

A shorter birth certificate is available for £12 (inclusive of the administration fee of £1) when applying for certificates, 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.

Please note, this service is non-refundable and therefore ensure when you are applying that you have accurate information and that the event occurred within Salford.

All certificates are posted by first class Royal Mail. This office will not accept liability for any delays caused by the mail service.

Priority Service

We offer a priority service, this is available only if you give full and accurate information on your application. You can apply online or by telephone with a credit/debit card. 

The fees for the priority service and certificate are:

  • £35 online or by telephone – same day first class post (last available order time 3pm) - telephone number 0161 793 2500

We cannot guarantee next day delivery. We post first class Royal Mail.

We are not liable for any missing post once it is in the system, but we will help you with a claim to Royal Mail, however, a claim cannot be made until ten days have elapsed.

Opening times

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

Other ways to get a certificate

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.

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
Map to this location

This page was last updated on 29 March 2023

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