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We can provide copy certificates for all births, deaths and marriages which took place in the Leeds district dating back to 1837. Our records for civil partnerships date from 2005.

Fees for Birth/Death/Marriage/Civil Partnership certificates

The fee depends on how quickly you want the certificate(s)

  • Standard certificate £10
  • Priority certificate £26
  • Express certificate £37  


  • 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) £2 (per order)

How to order certificates

Please see the expandable section below for more information about each service and how to order certificates.

Contact us

You can email us at register.headoffice@leeds.gov.uk and can call us at 0113 222 4408 (9am to 5pm Mon to Fri - automated response at other times).

More information below (Click to expand):

Click to expandWhat are the register office opening hours?

The last orders for copy certificates are 4pm. We cannot accept certificate orders after this time. Please see our addresses and opening times for further details.​

Click to expandWhat information do I need to provide when I order a certificate?

For a birth

The full name of the person, date of birth, place of birth and the names of the parent(s) and mother's maiden name.

For a death

The full name of the deceased, date of death and the place of death.

For a marriage/civil partnership

The full names of bride and groom/civil partners, date of marriage, name of the church or venue where marriage/civil partnership took place.​

Click to expandStandard service (Order by phone or post) £10 + postage

To order certificates by phone please call 0113 222 4408 and have your credit or debit card available. The last standard service certificate orders must be placed by 4pm. 

To apply by post please complete the relevant application form found in the documents section. Send your application form and cheque or postal order made payable to 'Leeds City Council' to:

Leeds Register Office
2 Great George Street
LS2 8BA.

We aim to process certificates in 10 working days, but during busy periods it can be up to 6 weeks before you will receive the certificate. We suggest if you need the certificate as a matter of urgency then you must use the priority service.

Standard certificates are posted ‘Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class’, so a signature is required on receipt. Leeds Register Office is not liable for any certificates that are delayed or lost in the post.​​​​

Click to expandPriority service (Order by phone or in person only) £26 + postage

To order by phone please call 0113 222 4408 and have your debit or credit card available.

Or you can order in person at:
2 Great George Street
LS2 8BA.

Priority applications ordered before 1pm will be posted by ‘Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class’ the same day. A signature is required on receipt and we cannot guarantee next day delivery. Those ordered after 1pm will be posted the following working day. For certificates sent outside the UK delivery times scales will vary.

For orders received in person at the Register Office before 1pm the certificate will be ready for collection the following working day. The last priority service certificate orders must be placed by 4pm. ​​​​​

Click to expandExpress service (In person only) £37

You can apply in person at the Register Office for urgent copies of certificates. We will normally be able to give you the certificate in 30 minutes. The last express orders are 4pm.​​​​​

Click to expandHow to research your family history

  • Make a family tree starting with yourself, your brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, etc.
  • Record all important events, dates and addresses relating to your family. Show it to your relatives, especially the older ones. Ask them to fill in any gaps.
  • Look through old family certificates, correspondence, photos, heirlooms and other material. These will give you vital clues as to who your relations were, when they were born, when they died, who they married and who their children were (or are).
  • Birth, marriage and death certificates will give you vital information to help you continue your research. For example, a mother’s maiden name shown on a birth certificate will help you find a marriage certificate. The marriage certificate will usually provide you with the names of both the father of the groom and the father of the bride. You can then use this information to search for the next generation in your family tree.
  • Census records can help you piece together your family tree but certificates will provide you with more detailed information such as a full date of birth, place of marriage and cause of death.

Civil registration started in July 1837. To trace back further you will need to look at parish records which are available from some websites, local churches or archives offices.

West Yorkshire Archive Service

The West Yorkshire Archive Service is part of the National Archives. They hold all kinds of local historical records. The service has branches throughout West Yorkshire for anyone interested in the history of West Yorkshire.

Local and family history library at Leeds Central Library

The local and family history library is an excellent resource for researching your family tree. There is free access to online family history resources Ancestry in all libraries and free access to Origins in the local and family history library. There are also family history workshops for beginners to help you get started.

Useful websites

FreeBMD is a free website which provides access to the civil registration index. The Yorkshire BMD website holds the index references for the Leeds Register Office that is currently available online. It is an on-going project, therefore there are gaps in the records that have been transcribed.

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