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.

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

Births or deaths registered abroad

If you’ve registered a birth or death with the UK authorities abroad, you can’t get a copy from the GRO until September of the following year.

If you need a copy sooner, contact the British embassy where the birth or death was registered.

If it was registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Overseas Registration Unit, not the embassy, 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 what it will cost - usually £65 plus courier fees.

  • Takes around 10 minutes
  • Debit or credit card required

Priority service

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

Phone the GRO to arrange 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
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You can 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.