Birth certificate

You can request a copy of your birth certificate online.

Request a copy birth certificate

There are 2 types of birth certificates:

  • a short certificate (which shows only the name and surname, sex, date of birth and district of birth)
  • a standard certificate (which is a full copy of the birth entry including particulars of parentage and registration)

Please note, that a standard (full) birth certificate is required to obtain a passport, for anyone born after 31 December 1982.

Information required

To obtain a certificate you will need to provide us with the following information:

  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • full names at birth
  • parents names (as exact as possible)

If you cannot provide some of the above information, then please contact the General Register Office.

Costs and fees

Certificate fees
Services Cost Processing timescale How to receive your copy certificate
Standard certificate service £11 Certificate issued on or before 15 working days of application Post
1 Working day priority service £35 Certificate issued within 1 working day for applications received by 3pm Collection in person/post

If you were born outside of Blackburn with Darwen Borough, you will need to contact the Register Office of the relevant district to obtain a copy of the certificate.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find the relevant register office.