Ordering a certificate

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Applications for copy certificates should be made to the Register Office in the district where the birth, death, marriage or civil partnership took place.

Wakefield Registration Service holds records of events registered within the district, which date back to 1837 when civil registration was first introduced.

How to order a certificate


If you are unsure whether the Birth, Death, Marriage or Civil Partnership took place in the Wakefield District, please check the following website before you make application http://yorkshirebmd.org.uk/

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By post

You can download the certificate application form in related downloads and send it to us in the post. Alternatively write all the information that is required on the application form in a letter and send to Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2HQ.

Upon receipt of your application form we will contact you to take payment by card over the telephone. Alternatively payment can be made by cheque or postal order. Cheques should be made payable to Wakefield Council.

By telephone

If you are unable to make application using our online form you can contact us and a member of our team will complete an application form on your behalf (a £3 administrative fee applies). Payment can be made by debit or credit card. Please note: this service is for single certificate requests only.

It is not possible for you to attend the office to order or collect a certificate.

Fee for ordering a copy certificate

The fee for the copy certificate depends on how quickly you want the certificate(s).

  • Standard certificate £11 – processed within 5 working days
  • Priority certificate £35 – processed within 24 hours
  • If you choose to apply by telephone, a £3 administration charge will apply.


  • UK postage fee £2.50 (per order), all certificate orders sent by post within the UK are sent by 'Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For' delivery
  • Airmail postage fee (outside UK) £6.50 (per order)
  • UK Priority Postage fee (Royal Mail next day delivery by 1pm)  £12.50

Format of certificates

You will receive a certified copy of the original entry.  The copy certificate may be printed, photocopied or handwritten depending on the format of the original entry. It will show all the details recorded in the entry.

Church and registered building ceremony records

Your marriage pre 4 May 2021

Previously records for ceremonies that have taken place in churches and registered buildings within the district were only deposited with us once the marriage register is full. Since the changes in legislation Register Offices are working on collecting all registers from churches and religious buildings but this may take some time. If you are looking to obtain a certificate for a marriage before 4 May 2021 can you please check if the register is still held by the church or registered building, if it is you will need to contact the General Register Office for a duplicate certificate https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate

Your marriage on or after 4 May 2021

Please use our online form above to apply for copies of your marriage certificate once your marriage has taken place.


If you were adopted and require a certificate for current identification purposes, such as passport applications or employment, you will need to apply to the General Register Office https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate

Contact us

Wakefield Register Office

Wakefield Town Hall
Wood Street

0345 4 852 888