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.
All applicants are asked to give:
We keep the records of applications for 2 years. This helps to monitor the fraudulent use of copy certificates.
Apply online: You can apply for a copy certificate online from the General Register Office. If you're using their website for the first time you'll need to register first.
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.
Download a form: Download, complete and return the relevant form to us by email, post or in person. Please be aware that if you wish to protect your personal details and send your file securely by email you'll need to encrypt it otherwise your information including your credit and debit card details won't be transferred securely.
Email us for a copy certificate - We aim to respond to emails within 48 hours. If we are able to locate the entry you require, we will provide a reference with which you can telephone the office with your credit/debit card details. Please telephone Rochdale Register Office using the contact details provided on this page to request your certificates.
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 application form.