Buy certificate copies

Use this guide to help you find information on buying copies of certificates.

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 that 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.

Our certificate order form is changing. If you have started a form and saved it for later, you need to complete it by 24 May.

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