Buy certificate copies

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

Death certificates

You can buy copies of certificates for deaths 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 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 a death certificate, we need to know:

  • the full name of the person named on the certificate, including any previous family names
  • the date of the death
  • the name and address of the place where the death happened.

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 to provide one to:

  • insurance companies
  • banks and building societies
  • investment firms
  • pensions administrators
  • will executors or estate administrators
  • solicitors
  • utility companies
  • local authorities.

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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