You’ll need to register on the General Register Office (GRO) website to order a copy of a birth, adoption, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate in England and Wales. Certificates cost £9.25. You can use this service to help you research your family tree.

What you need to know

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There’s a different process for getting copies of a certificate in:

Births or deaths abroad

If you’ve registered a birth or death with the UK authorities that took place abroad, you’ll have to wait until September of the following year to get copies from the GRO.

If you need to get copies before this, contact the British embassy where you registered. You can also send details of your request with payment for birth or death certificates to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Room K4.9
King Charles Street

  • Takes around 10 minutes
  • Debit or credit card required

Priority service

There is a priority service available for £23.40. Your certificate will be sent the next working day by first class post if you order online by 4pm on a working day.

Contact the GRO by phone if you want to use special delivery.

General Register Office
Telephone: 0300 123 1837
Text relay: 18001 0300 123 1837
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 4pm
Find out about call charges


You can order certificates by post. Download the guidance notes and relevant form, 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.

Get started on the General Register Office website

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