Apply for a certificate of a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership

Nottinghamshire County Council holds the records of all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships which have taken place in the County of Nottinghamshire since 1837. 

For events before 1837, records are held either at local churches or at the county archives

Please note: the record of any event which has taken place within the Nottingham City boundary is held by Nottingham City Council 

If you require copies of your divorce papers (decree absolute) you will need to contact the court where the divorce was granted. Visit

If you have been legally adopted (in England & Wales) you need to apply for your adoption certificate to the The Registrar General

You will need

For all certificates:

  • full name of the person (at the time of the event) whose certificate is required
  • date and place of the event
  • details of why you require a certificate
  • your relationship to the person(s) concerned
  • your name, contact details and address
  • your payment details


  • for birth certificates: parents' full names, including mother's maiden name
  • for death certificates: where possible last known occupation and address or age of the deceased
  • for civil partnership certificates: full address of both partners at the time of the civil partnership (if you don’t know the address, we can only issue a short certificate that does not include address details for both partners).


Standard: £10 per copy certificate + postage where relevant

  • collection in person within 5 working days
  • posted 1st Class within 5 working days. Postage costs are:
    • UK: £1
    • Europe: £1.50
    • Worldwide: £2

Express/24 hour service: £25 per certificate

  • same day collection in person when ordered before 3pm, or next day collection
  • posted 1st Class the same day when ordered before 3pm. There are no additional postage costs when using the express service.
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Alternative ways to do this

You can also apply:

  • by telephone: 0300 500 80 80 
  • by post
  • in person: at either Basford (in Bulwell), Mansfield, Newark, Nottinghamshire (in Worksop), or Rushcliffe (at Bridgford Hall) register offices.

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