Copy Certificates

Changes to registration services

Based on government advice we have had to suspend a number of our services - see details on changes to registration services.

Keep checking this page for further updates.

We hold records of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates registered in the Wigan and Leigh area since 1837, when records began. We can only supply certificates for the records we hold.

What information do I need to provide?

You will need to provide:

  • Name of deceased/name at birth/name at marriage
  • Exact year the event took place
  • Exact date if you have this.

If you're tracing your family history you will be able to find reference on the Lancashire BMD website.

Certificate fees

A number of options are available when requesting a copy certificate. All certificate collections are from Wigan Life Centre (Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm) and all prices include VAT.

We cannot supply certificates for events that did not take place in the Wigan or Leigh Registration District.

Delivery options
Premium (same day) £35 per certificate  Available for collection only within 2 hours, Mon-Fri, if ordered before 3pm. Certificates ordered after 3pm will be available from 10am the following working day.
Express £35 per certificate  Certificates posted out same day (first class) if ordered before 1pm. Certificates ordered after 1pm will be posted (first class recorded delivery) the next working day. The delivery time frame after the certificate has been issued by the Registration Office is the responsibility of Royal Mail.
Standard  £11 per certificate Certificates posted out (second class) within 15 working days.
  • Pre-ordered certificates for weddings/civil partnerships - The fee is £11 per certificate and is posted out within 15 working days after the event by 2nd class post.

Please note: Certificates that are not collected within 3 months from the date the application is made will be destroyed.

Refund policy

It is responsibility of the applicant to ensure before paying any fees that  the information they supply on the certificate application form is correct, that the event took place in the Wigan and Leigh Registration District and, if applicable, that the correct Lancashire BMD reference number (external link) is supplied.

The full service charge of supplying the certificate will be non-refundable if the above information is not supplied by the applicant or the event did not take place in the Wigan and Leigh Registration District.

Certificates by post

We use 2nd class post for standard certificates and 1st class post for express certificates.

The responsibility for the certificate’s delivery rests entirely with Royal Mail - you should report any lost certificates to Royal Mail claims (external link).

How to order

Fees are payable by debit/credit card when ordering your certificate online.

Family history

Further help researching your family history can be found at Wigan Archives and Local Studies.


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