How to order and pay for certificates

This guide explains what certificates you can order from the General Register Office, and how to order and pay for them.



You can order certificates from the General Register Office (GRO). GRO holds records for all births, deaths and marriages that have been registered in England and Wales from 1837.

This guide tells you:

  • what certificates are available
  • how much they cost
  • how long it takes to get a certificate
  • information about short and full certificates
  • how to order and pay
  • how to use certificates overseas

The guide is available in English and Welsh.

You can order a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate online or fill in GRO certificate application forms to apply by post.

Published 10 September 2015
Last updated 25 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Leaflet updated.
  2. First published.