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Impact of the Coronavirus/Covd-19 outbreak

You are still able to apply for certificates using our online search, apply and pay facility. Certificates remain at £11.00 per certificate and are posted first class within 5 working days of us receiving your application.

However please note that whilst post leaves the register office postal delivery services may result in you receiving your application later than scheduled and royal mail delivery services are beyond our control. 

Enquiries about family history are still welcome by emailing us at [email protected] however please note that it may take longer than usual to get back to you with an answer to your query in view of our current prioritisation of death registrations.

Searching the Records

Registration of births, deaths and marriages started in Darlington District in July 1837.

When searching for a birth or marriage, remember to use the maiden name for women. When you find the record you are looking for, follow the link "Apply for certificate XXX" to open an online form in a new window.


The cost of each certificate is £11. You can pay for your certificate(s) online using a credit/debit card or alternatively a cheque must be sent to the Register Office for the correct amount (listed at the end of the application form). You should include on the back of the cheque:

  • your name
  • your address
  • the register and entry number
  • the transaction reference that can be found at the bottom of the electronic form

Cheques should be made payable to "Superintendent Registrar" and sent to:

The Register Office,
Town Hall,

Your certificates will not be sent until payment is received.

All certificate fees [pdf document]


If you are unsure that your certificates have been accurately identified you can submit the application form to the Register Office for validation. Please choose 'submit application for validation' from the payment options menu and leave your email address for a response. Once validated, you will need to re-apply for the certificates and choose an appropriate payment option.

Overseas applications

Payment must be in pounds sterling, and to be drawn from a London based bank account.

More information about copy certificates

Enter values for as many of the search criteria as you can:

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