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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates

This page contains guidance notes on ordering certificates.

Certificates available online

We currently have more than 1.2 million records indexed on system.

We hold birth, marriages and death registrations relating to the current geographical boundaries of County Durham. Areas that are no longer part of County Durham, such as Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Stockton and Darlington can be found by contacting the relevant local council.

What records are held online?

  • Marriage records: 1837-2018
  • Death records: 1991-2018
  • Birth records: many of our indexes are available

Use our search facility to find a birth, death or marriage certificate which is available online.

Certificates not available online

If the certificate you want is not available online you can ask us to find a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate:

Please note there is a charge for a copy of a certificate.

What will we search on your behalf?

We will usually be able to do a search for you if it covers no more than five years, and includes accurate details on the certificate. If a wider search is required, we will expect you to make a general search in the indexes yourself. The indexes in a local office relate only to ceremonies which have happened within that district. Contact us for more information.

Information about adoption certificates

Adoption records are held centrally by the Registrar General. These relate to anyone who has been adopted since 1 January 1927 under the Adoption Acts. You can find out more information at adoption records.

Contact us
Customer Services
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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