Copy certificates for births, deaths and marriages
Anyone can apply for a copy certificate, even if it is not their
own or a member of their family.
We hold birth, marriage and death records for the borough
of Rochdale from 1837 to present day. However some records for
Middleton are at Oldham Register Office. Please check with
us before applying.
If you require certificates for family tree purposes, it's
better to email or write to us with the details giving us as much
information as possible relating to the certificate you require. We
will let you know the results of the search within 48 hours.
Information you'll need to supply
All applicants are asked to give:
- Their name and address
- Their reasons for wanting the certificate
- Sufficient information to identify the entry
We keep the records of applications for 2 years. This helps to
monitor the fraudulent use of copy certificates.
Apply online for a copy certificate
Complete one of the online forms and then call the registrar
office within 48 hours on 01706 924783/4 to give your card details.
Please note that your application will not be processed until the
payment is received. Each form includes notes with details of the
You can also apply online via the General Register
Office which holds records for England and Wales. If you're
using their website for the first time you'll need to register
For recent events registered within the last 6 months (for
marriages this period is extended to 18 months), applications for
certificates should be made to the Register Office in the district
where the birth, death or marriage took place.
Ring us for a copy certificate - You can apply
by telephone and pay for the certificate by credit or debit card
and we will despatch your certificate by first class post within 24
hours for a fee of £21. We post applications received before 3pm
the same day.
Write to us for a copy certificate - If you
would like to apply by post, the fee is £10 per certificate. Postal
applications should be addressed to the Superintendent Registrar at
Rochdale Register Office and be accompanied by a cheque or postal
order, payable to Rochdale MBC. If you write to us with full and
accurate details of the certificate you require with the correct
fee, we will post it the same day.
Call in for a copy certificate - If
you visit the Register Office we offer a priority service. If
you need the certificate the same day, the fee is £16,
alternatively you can collect the certificate after 2 working
days for a fee of £10. You can pay by cash, cheque, postal order or
credit or debit card. You'll need to complete the relevant