Duplicate Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Partnership Certificates

All certificates are exact copies of the full record made at the time of the birth, death or marriage. The exception to this is the ‘short birth certificate’, which is an extract of the full record and contains the name, date of birth and gender.

Apply for a duplicate certificate

To obtain a duplicate certificate you need to apply in person or in writing to:

The Register Office
Municipal Buildings
Earle Street
Crewe CW1 2BJ

Please note that there are no facilities at the Macclesfield Registration Office to issue duplicate certificates.

Please note that Family History certificates should be obtained using the records listed in the Cheshire Births Marriages and Deaths website. Please check these records first as you can order the certificate online through that website.

Information you need to supply to the Register Office

To help us to deal with your request please provide the following information:

  • Full name, postal address, email address and contact telephone number of the applicant

Births

  • Name at the time of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Names of both parents at the time of the birth

Marriages/Civil Partnerships

  • Names of both parties
  • The name of the building where the marriage took place
  • Date of marriage

Deaths

  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Full name of the deceased

Fees

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

  • At the time of registration:
    A full copy of a birth, death or marriage entry - £4.00
    Short birth certificate (an extract of the full record) - £4.00
  • After the time of registration but within 1 month of registration:
    A full copy of a birth, death or marriage entry - £7.00
    Short birth certificate (an extract of the full record) - £7.00
  • After 1 month of registration:
    A full copy of a birth, death or marriage entry - £10.00
    Short birth certificate (an extract of the full record) - £10.00

Civil Partnership Certificates

  • At the time of registration:
    A full copy of the civil partnership registration £4.00
  • All subsequent applications:
    A full copy of the civil partnership registration £10.00

Please make all Registration cheques payable to: Cheshire East Borough Council. Payments should be made on or before the day of the service.  Most of the services we provide are exempt from VAT, where VAT is applicable the VAT-inclusive charge is shown. If you are posting your cheque please send it to the Register Office.

If you would like further information please contact the Register Office.

Records of certificates

In the Cheshire East area (which is made up of the former Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe and Nantwich Borough Councils) certificates are held at the Cheshire East Register Office in Crewe. There are no records held at the Macclesfield Registration Office.

The Cheshire Births Marriages and Deaths website will give you further information.

Certificate availability

Certificates are normally available for collection or posting out within 5 working days.

Cheshire East Registration Service does not accept liability for any certificates lost in the post.

Certificates not collected within three months will be destroyed.

If you need a certificate more urgently

We offer a next day collection service.  The fee for this is £10 in addition to the cost of the certificate, currently £10.  These certificates will be available to collect on the next working day.

We also offer a priority service for same day issue of duplicate certificates. The fee for this is £30 in addition to the cost of the certificate, currently £10.

Providing the correct information has been supplied by the applicant which will allow the Register Office staff to locate the entry, the certificate will be issued within an hour of the application.

Please note that there are no facilities at the Macclesfield Registration Office for the issue of duplicate certificates. If you need a certificate urgently, please phone 0300 123 5019 for further information

Do I need an original copy of my certificate? Will a copy suffice?

The Cheshire East Registration Service will only provide you with a fully certified copy of your registration. The certified copy certificates supplied are the same type as those issued upon initial registration.

If you have been told that an original copy of a certificate is required for a particular purpose, it is likely that a copy certificate will suffice. However this should be confirmed with the organisation requesting sight of the certificate.

Obtaining a copy adoption certificate

If you were adopted and require a copy of your adoptive birth certificate, which will be needed for most legal purposes (a passport or driving licence for example), please apply direct to:

The General Register Office
Adopted Children' Section
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Birkdale, Southport
PR8 2HH.

Or visit the General Register Office website.