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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
By post or email
You can download the certificate application form in related downloads and forward it to us by post or email. Email applications must include a contact telephone number for a member of our team to contact you to make payment. Alternatively write all the information that is required on the application form in an email and send to
Payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card. Cheques should be made payable to Wakefield Council.
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
If you choose to apply by telephone a £3 administration charge applies.
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
- UK postage fee £2 (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
Records for ceremonies that have taken place in churches and registered buildings within the district are only deposited with us once the marriage register is full. If the register is still in use you will need to apply to the church or registered building for a duplicate certificate.
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