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England - How To Obtain a Copy of Birth Certificate

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Introduction

If you have lost your birth certificate or if you would like to have an additional copy of your birth certificate you can obtain one by following the procedure given below.

Eligibility

You can apply for your own Birth Certificate

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Instructions

  • You can order official birth certificates for events registered in England and Wales from the General Register Office (GRO).
  • It is easy to order certificates online using the General Register Office (GRO) online ordering service.
  • You can also order a certificate by telephone, post or from the local register office where the event took place.
  • Extra copies of the same certificate can be issued at the same time for all applications.
  • There is a fee of £9.25 for standard service and £23.40 for priority service.
  • Make cheque or postal orders payable to 'IPS' (Identity and Passport Service).

Required Information

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name - this is a requirement for any births registered within the last 50 years
  • Residential Address

Procedure

Order by Online
Order by Telephone
  • You can order birth certificates by telephone from the General Register Office or you can contact the local register office where the event took place.
  • Call +44 (0) 300 123 1837, Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, or Saturday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
  • The General Register Office accepts Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Visa Debit or Maestro.
Order by Post
  • Download and complete the birth certificate applications form. Please read the accompanying guidance notes before you complete your application form.
  • Send the completed form, with the correct payment by cheque or postal order, to General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD.
  • Make cheques or postal orders payable to 'IPS' (Identity and Passport Service).

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Required Documents

  • Your ID card
  • Residential Proof

Fees

Standard Service

All standard service certificates, including each additional copy, cost £9.25.

Priority Service

All priority service certificates, including each additional copy, cost £23.40.

Validity

Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time

Standard Service

If you supply the certificate index reference, the certificate is sent within four working days. Without the reference, it will be sent within 15 working days.

Priority Service

If you order by 4.00 pm on a working day, your certificate is sent the next working day by First Class post. Special Delivery options are only available on telephone orders.

Office Locations & Contacts

For your local register office follow link

http://maps.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/MapAction.do?ref=grolight

Mailing Address

Register Office,
PO Box 2,
Southport,
Merseyside,
PR8 2JD.

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity to get Driver Licence, Passport, etc.

External Links

Directgov - Information you need to order a birth, death or marriage certificate

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Birthmarriageanddeathcertificates/DG_175689

Directgov - Order birth, marriage and death certificates

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Birthmarriageanddeathcertificates/DG_175628

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