Request a birth certificate

Find out how to order copies of birth certificates.

You can buy copies of certificates for births that happened after 31 December 1994. For earlier events, you can order certificates from GOV.UK.

Information that we need from you

To order certificates you must give us enough information to find the original birth record. We cannot give you a certificate if we cannot find the original record using the information you provide, or if we do not hold it.

To order a copy of someone's birth certificate, we need to know their:

  • full name at birth
  • date of birth
  • place of birth, for example, the hospital or other address
  • mother's full name, including any family names
  • father's full name.

How to order

Certificates cost £11 each plus a delivery charge. You can buy multiple certificates at the same time and only pay one delivery charge.

Buying multiple certificates allows you to communicate with many organisations at the same time, without having to wait for your documents to be returned to you. You might want to consider purchasing several certificates, as you may need them for:

  • applying for child benefit
  • contact with HMRC
  • opening a bonds or savings account
  • nursery and schooling
  • applying for a passport.

Order certificates online

Call 020 7926 9420 to order certificates.

Available Monday-Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm.

Certificate charges

We charge £11 for your first certificate, which includes our charge for searching certificate records.

Additional certificates cost £11 each. Buying multiple certificates allows you to communicate with many organisations at the same time, without having to wait for your documents to be returned to you.

Delivery charges

After you pay for your order, your certificate will usually be sent within 15 working days. There is currently a backlog of requests due to coronavirus (COVID-19), so your certificate might not arrive for 20-25 working days.

Delivery Charge
Royal Mail Signed For £3
Royal Mail Special Delivery £7
Royal Mail International Signed and Tracked £13

Refunds

To help us find your certificate, make sure that you provide all the information that we ask for. If we cannot find the certificate:

  • we will not refund the £11 you paid for the first certificate and record search
  • we will refund any delivery charges you paid
  • we will refund any charges you paid for additional certificates.