Copy certificates

We hold records for all Warwickshire births, deaths and marriages since 1st July 1837.

For records before 1837, please visit the archives at our County Record Office.

For records for parts of Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham which were once in Warwickshire, please visit these authorities. However, we do hold some records for the Foleshill area, available to order (see below).

Most standard applications take 1-2 working days to process and post out. However, we offer an express service if you need a certificate even faster.

Apply online

Please note – only a limited number of records are currently available to order online. We will be adding more records to this system and apologise for any inconvenience. You can still apply for copies of these certificates by post or in person.

Cost – £10.00 per certificate.

List of certificates available to order online (DOCX, 66.96 KB)

Apply by post or in person

You can request certificates at the following registration offices, either in person or postal application.

This service is not available at registration offices on Saturdays.

Other registration offices in Warwickshire do not issue birth, death or marriage certificates other than those relating to events which have been registered very recently at that office. If you wish to find out whether the record you require is at Nuneaton, Rugby or Warwick please telephone us. This is particularly important if you are applying for a marriage certificate as some churches still hold and use the original registers.

Postal application forms

Please send completed forms to the appropriate registration office (details on form).

Copy birth certificate

Copy birth certificate application form (DOC, 842.5 KB)

You will need:

  • full name at birth;
  • date and place of birth;
  • parent(s) name(s) including mothers maiden name (if appropriate).

Copy death certificate

Copy death certificate application form (DOC, 835 KB)

You will need:

  • full name of the deceased;
  • place and date of death.

Copy marriage or civil partnership certificate

Copy marriage certificate application form (DOC, 836 KB)
Copy civil partnership certificate application dorm (DOC, 841.5 KB)

You will need:

  • full names of both parties at the time of the marriage/partnership;
  • date and place of marriage/partnership.

Please provide a stamped addressed envelope so we can send the certificate to you. Please ensure that the postage is correct for the size of the envelope you provide.

If you visit a registration office without an appointment, you will be able to complete a form and leave the fee (cash only).

We will let you know when you can collect the certificate or we will send it to you by post if you have supplied a stamped addressed envelope.

Costs and payment

Cost – £10.00 per certificate.

Cheques and postal orders can be used for postal applications and should be made payable to “Warwickshire County Council”.

You must pay in cash if you apply at one of our offices in person.

You will need to pay when you apply, before certificates are issued. This means we cannot accept applications by telephone or email.

If we cannot find the certificate, you payment will be returned.

How long will it take?

We will process online and postal applications on the day we receive them. But this may take longer if we need to ask you questions to help find the correct certificate.

All certificates for postal applications are returned by second-class post if you do not include a self addressed envelope and correct postage with your application.

Certificates for applications made in person at the registration office are normally ready to be collected within two working days or they can posted if you supply a self addressed envelope.

We may not be able to find a certificate if you can’t provide enough information. In these cases, we will contact you to ask further questions.

Express service

Cost – £30.00 per certificate.

The fee includes £20.00 express fee plus the £10 fee for a certificate.

Payments can be made by cash or card.

You must visit the office in person. Please contact the relevant registration office before visiting.

This service is not available at registration offices on Saturdays.

Who can apply for a certificate?

Anyone can apply for a copy certificate if they can supply enough information to identify the correct record and pay the fee. However, if we suspect that the application is not for legitimate reasons, we will report it to the General Register Office.

A record is kept of every certificate issued so police and other authorities can be informed if certificate numbers are used for fraud or other crime.

Applying for a certificate if you are adopted

If you require a copy of your adopted birth entry, you should apply to the: Gov.uk – General Register Office.

Help if you do not have all of the information

If you are not sure where a birth, death or marriage took place there are indexes of all of these for England and Wales since 1st July 1837 online at:

Events before the 1st July 1837, when civil registration records began, may have been recorded in church and parish records. For family historians our local societies include:

The County Record Office also holds many useful records for the family historian, including early census returns and parish registers for baptisms, burials and marriages.

Neighbouring authorities

Please visit the following sites for records for Coventry or parts of Birmingham or Solihull, which were once in Warwickshire but are now located within their borders.


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