Order copy certificates

You can apply and pay online for copies of birth, death and marriage certificates. 

We can only provide copy certificates for events that took place in Barnsley. If the event was registered in another place you'll need to contact the register office for that district. Find a register office on GOV.UK.

You can order copies of certificates dated from 1837 up to the present day. If you want a copy of an earlier record please get in touch with our archives service or call into the Experience Barnsley Museum.

We can't provide copy certificates for people that were adopted or for stillborn babies. You can request copy certificates for people who are adopted or for stillborn babies from the General Register Office.

Changes due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) 

We've suspended our copy certificates service until further notice, in line with government guidance about reducing contact with the public.

You can order a copy certificate from the General Register Office if you registered over 6 months ago.

Read more about the changes we've made to our registration services due to COVID-19.

Our phone lines are very busy; please only call us if you require a copy certificate urgently. We'll review requests on an individual basis.

Costs and collection of copy certificates

We offer a standard and priority service. Please see our registration charges page for certificate and postage costs.

If you order and pay for a certificate through our priority same day service before 12pm you can either:

  • collect your order on the same working day between 2pm and 4pm
  • ask us to send it by first class post (£1 charge within the UK)

If you use our priority same day service and pay for your order after 12pm you can either:

  • collect your order on the next working day between 2pm and 4pm
  • ask us to send it by first class post on the next working day (£1 charge within the UK)

How to apply

You can apply online for copy certificates using the form below.

When we've received your form we'll send you an email to confirm that we can provide the certificate with a link to pay online for it. You can't pay over the phone or in the Register Office for certificates you've ordered online.

If you’re a solicitor applying on behalf of a client you also need to apply online. We'll send you an email to confirm that we can provide the certificate with a link to pay online by card, or instructions to pay by BACS transfer.

Information we need

Please complete all of the questions on the form to help us to find the certificate, and provide your contact details and an email address. You'll need to give us the information below.

For a birth

  • Full name of the person
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth (hospital or village)
  • Name of the mother
  • Name of the father (if it's recorded)
  • Mother's maiden name (if you know it)

For a death

  • Full name of the person who's died
  • Date of death
  • Place of death (hospital or village)

For a marriage/civil partnership

  • Full name of each partner
  • Surname at birth of each partner
  • Date of the event
  • Name of the church or venue where it took place​
  • Name of the village or town (if you know it)

Confirmation and payment

You'll receive an automatic confirmation email with your customer reference number when you've submitted your form.

We'll then check our records to make sure we have the certificate and send you a separate email with the fee and a link to our payment page.

We'll get back to you within:

  • two hours (up to 5pm) if you've used our priority service
  • two working days for our standard service

We'll email to ask you for more information if we can't find the certificate you've applied for.

We can't start to produce your copy certificate until you've paid for it.

If you've used our priority same day service you should pay for your order as soon as you receive the email.

Your certificate

You'll need to pay for your certificate online before we can process your order.

You can tell us in the form if you want to collect it from the Register Office or receive it in the post.

Priority service

You can collect your certificate between 2pm and 4pm or we'll post it out to you first class:

  • on the same working day if you've paid for it before 12pm 
  • on the next working day if you've paid after 12pm

Standard service

Your certificate will be ready for collection, or we'll post it, five working days after we've received your payment. Your collection date will be shown on your confirmation email; please don't try to collect it before this date.