Renfrewshire Council

Buying a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate

Registration offices in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew can issue you with a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate registered at any registration office in Scotland from 1855 until the last full calendar year.

Births, deaths and marriages registered within the current year and civil partnership certificates can only be issued from the local authority in which the registration was completed.

For copies of certificates for events that occurred outwith Scotland, you must apply to the country in which the event took place.

What information do I need to provide?
The information required varies depending on the type of certificate(s) you are requesting.

The information needed for each type is:

  • Birth certificate - full forename and surname; date and place of birth; father's/parent's full forename and surname; and mother's full forename, surname and maiden surname.
  • Death certificate - full forename and surname of deceased; date of birth or age at death; and date and place of death.
  • Marriage certificate - full forename and surname of bridegroom; full forename and maiden surname of bride; and date and place of marriage.
  • Civil partnership certificate - full forename and surname of civil partners; and date and place of civil partnership registration.

How do I apply?
You can apply by phone, in person or by post.

To apply by phone, contact our Johnstone Registration Office on 0300 300 0310. You will need to provide the required information displayed above and pay the relevant fee by debit or credit card at the time of ordering the certificates.

To apply in person, visit one of the offices make sure you have the required information displayed above and the relevant fee (this can be paid by credit/debit card, cash or cheque).

How much does it cost?
A copy birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate registered more than a month from the date of application costs £15. 

A copy birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate registered within the current month cost £10.  If more than one copy of the same certificate is required, the first cost will be £15 and further copies will cost £10 each.

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