Certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Service information

We hold birth, death and marriage records for the borough of Blackburn with Darwen since July 1837 to date and civil partnership records from December 2006. For events registered elsewhere, contact the register office in that district to buy a copy certificate.

Information you'll need to supply

All applicants are asked to give:

  • Their name and address
  • Their reasons for wanting the certificate
  • Sufficient information to identify the entry

We keep the records of applications for 2 years. This helps to monitor the fraudulent use of copy certificates.

What you need to apply

If you can give us enough information to identify the record in our indexes, you can buy a copy of the certificate even if it not your own or a family members.

For certificates of:

  • Birth: name on the certificate, date of birth, place of birth (address or hospital name) and one or both parents names.
  • Death: The deceased's name, date of death and place of death.
  • Marriage: Name of both parties, date of marriage and specific place of marriage (i.e. venue, church name etc.).
  • Civil partnership: Name of both parties, date of civil partnership and place of civil partnership. If you want the standard certificate (not just the extract) you must also provide the partner's full addresses.

Family history certificate applications

We will search by name, year, quarter and district of registration, or Lancashire BMD reference only. Unfortunately we cannot verify additional information such as parents' names, occupations, and street names before issuing a certificate.

We will issue a certificate and charge the fee without exception if:

  • we find a certificate matching the details you give us, or
  • for applications with a Lancashire BMD reference, the name matches the application

If you want to search our birth, death or marriage indexes yourself, you can use our general search facility charged at £18 for up to 6 hours. Contact us to make an appointment.

Apply online for a copy certificate

The General Register Office (GRO) also holds birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership, death and still birth records for events registered in England and Wales from July 1837. Recent registrations may not be held by the GRO and will have to be obtained from the relevant district register office.

Contact details

Mail The Register Office, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 588660
Fax Number(s) 01254 588661
E-mail registrars@blackburn.gov.uk
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