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.

Certificate fees

Certificates cost £11 (or £22 if they’re multilingual) and are sent after 14 days.

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.

Each certificate costs £3 extra if you don’t have a GRO index reference number.

Additional copies are the same price.

PDF certificates are £7 but you can’t use them as evidence, for example to apply for a passport or to give notice to get married.

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There’s a different process for getting certificates in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Registration of births or deaths abroad

If you’ve registered a birth or death with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Overseas Registration Unit, you can’t get a copy from the GRO until 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:

You’ll get a reply telling you how to get your copy and the cost - usually £50 plus courier fees.

Ordering by phone or post

Certificates cost £15 and are sent after 14 days. Additional copies cost £11.

If you need the certificate sooner, you can use the priority service for £39. It’ll be sent the next working day if you order by 4pm. Additional copies cost £35.

Each certificate costs £3 extra if you don’t have a GRO index reference number.

Multilingual standard forms cost £26 (or £11 if they’re certificates of no impediment) and are sent after 14 days.

How to order

To order certificates by phone, call the General Register Office.

General Register Office
Telephone: 0300 123 1837
Text relay: 18001 0300 123 1837
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 4pm
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To order certificates by post, fill in the relevant GRO certificate application and send it to the address on the form.

Register offices

You can also order certificates from the local register office where the birth, death or marriage was registered.