You need to register on the General Register Office (GRO) website to get a copy of a birth, adoption, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate in England and Wales.
You can use this service to research your family tree.
Order with the GRO index reference number.
It takes around 10 minutes and you’ll need a debit or credit card.
Certificates cost £11 and are sent 4 days after you apply.
If you do not have a GRO index reference number, you’ll have to pay £3 extra for each search. Certificates are sent 15 working days after you apply.
If you need the certificate sooner, you can use the priority service for £35. It’ll be sent the next working day if you order by 4pm.
Extra copies are the same price.
Get help ordering a certificate
Contact the General Register Office for help ordering a certificate or questions about an order.
General Register Office
PO Box 2
Registration of births or deaths abroad
If you’ve registered a birth or death with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Overseas Registration Unit, you cannot get a copy from the GRO until the November of the following year.
If you need a copy sooner, email the name of the registered person, the registration date and reference number to the Overseas Registration Unit.
You’ll get a reply telling you how to get your copy and the cost - usually £50 plus courier fees.
Other ways to apply
Ordering by phone
To order certificates by phone, call the General Register Office.
Ordering by post
To order certificates by post, fill in the relevant GRO certificate application and send it to the address on the form.
Ordering from a local register office
You can also order certificates from the local register office where the birth, death or marriage was registered.