Order a copy certificate

To apply for your copy certificate, the birth, death, marriage or civil partnership must have taken place in Northumberland between 1837 and the present day. You will need to pay the correct fee and provide us with the following information:


  • Name of church, chapel, register office, or licensed venue
  • Date of wedding
  • Name of both the parties married


  • Where and when the birth took place
  • Full name of person
  • Supporting information, e.g. parents’ names, to identify entries with the same surname


  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death

Civil partnership

  • Name of both of the partners
  • Date of partnership
  • Where the civil partnership ceremony took place


How to apply

If you have all the information we require, you can order a copy certificate in the following ways:

Online: Click here

By phone: just call 0345 600 6400 and make sure you have a credit/debit card handy.

By post: complete the relevant application form (see below) and return it, enclosing a stamped and addressed envelope and a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Northumberland County Council.’

Please post any application forms and cheques or postal orders to:
County Hall
NE61 2EF


Application forms

Click on the links below to download the application forms.

  • Birth certificate application form
  • Death certificate application form
  • Marriage certificate application form
  • Civil partnership certificate application form



You will find all fees and timescales below. The current fee per certificate is:

  • £11 (standard service – to be posted second class)
  • £35 (priority service – to be posted first class)
  • *First purchase of certificates, (deaths and births within the first 4 weeks of registration) will be charged at £11. Please use the standard service (fee – £11 per certificate). We will be monitoring the orders and sending death certificates out first class within 24 hours, as a priority. Births will be posted first class within 2 weeks.



The following is our current working time scales on certificate processing:

  • Births, Deaths and Marriages – standard service (UK) – orders are being processed and posted second class within 15 working days of the order
  • Birth, Deaths and Marriages – priority service (UK) – orders are being processed within 24 hours of order receipt by 12 noon (Mon-Fri) and posted first class
  • First purchase of Deaths certificates – orders will be processed within 24 hours of registration and posted first class.
  • First purchase of Birth certificates – order will be processed within 1 weeks of registration and posted second class

How to pay:

Online: when you apply for your certificate.

Telephone: 0345 600 6400 using a credit or debit card.

By post: send a cheque payable to ‘Northumberland County Council’ to County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

For applications from abroad, payments should be in pound sterling by a cheque drawn with a UK address, accompanied by international reply-paid coupons.


Collection points for certificates:

  • County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF


Help to locate a record:

​If the entry is not held at our Register Office, we will try to advise on the district that may hold the entry.

Some marriage registers used by the Church of England or other places of worship may not be completed and will therefore remain at the church. In these cases, we can supply the name and address of the person who holds the marriage entry.

Please make sure that the birth, death, marriage or civil partnership you are researching took place in Northumberland since 1837.

Further information on history searches can be found on Northumberland County Council Mail website. Click here