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Copy certificates for birth, death and marriage can by supplied for births, marriages and deaths that occurred in Sandwell or (or if it was pre-1974) the towns that previously made up the area (Smethwick, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich).

If you request a certificate and we find that the birth, marriage or death did not occur in Sandwell, your payment will not be refunded.

You can pay online for the certificate by credit or debit card or by PayPal.

Please note - the certificate fee includes a record search fee and is non-refundable

How much do copies of certificates cost?

  • A birth or death certificate at the time of registration is £11.  The certificate can be produced and payment taken as part of the appointment 
  • After registration, copies of older certificates from the archives cost £11 each including 2nd class postage 

Certificates will be posted within 4 working days following receipt of the application.

  • See below for priority certificates

    Priority certificates

  • Apply online if you need a copy of a certificate urgently. We offer a priority service which costs £35. 
  • The times below are for certificates applied for on working days, if the application is made over the weekend or on bank holidays then certificates will be available from the next working day
  • If you apply for a priority certificate before 12 noon the certificate will be ready for collection by 3PM on the same day or can be posted by 1st class post.

    If you apply for a priority certificate after 12 noon the certificate will be ready for collection after 10am on the following day or can be posted by 1st class post after 10am.

    Collection will be from Sandwell Register Office, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8RJ
  • Apply for a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate

    You may also find the West Midlands Births, Marriages and Deaths website useful

    Correcting a mistake on a certificate

    Sometimes, information on a birth, marriage or death certificate is incorrect.

    The government's website gives information on how to get a birth, marriage or death certificate corrected.

    Please note that only mistakes, and not changes, can be amended on original certificates, such as spelling mistakes in names.

    Charges for correcting a mistake on a certificate are as follows:

  • New or additional forename or forename(s) given to a child within 12 months after the registration of the birth: £40
  • Correction of a birth or death entry not referred to the Registrar General: £75
  • Correction of a birth, death or marriage entry referred to the Registrar General: £90