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Why You Might Need To Apply For A Birth Certificate

When applying for a job, there are some vital records you may need. Since November 2008, it’s been a requirement for job candidates to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK. This is why it’s important to apply for a birth certificate. A driver’s license or passport won’t always be enough to prove your right to work.

There are various other instances where having to apply for a birth certificate replacement might be essential, such as applying for a British passport, securing a spot in nursery or school, obtaining a driving license, or preparing for marriage, among other reasons.

Understanding the Types of UK Birth Certificates

If you find yourself in need of having to apply for a replacement birth certificate, we’re here to help. When it comes to supplying birth certificates, UK Official Certificates typically provides the full version copy certificates as an online vendor.

There are two main types of birth certificates: the full version and the short version. The full version copy certificate includes comprehensive identifying details about the event, while the short version does not.

In a full version copy, you’ll find the child’s name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, and parent’s full names if applicable. If a parent didn’t attend the registration, their name won’t be recorded. Additionally, the home address and occupations of the parents, along with the date of registration and the registrar’s name, are included.

On the other hand, a short version only lists the child’s name, date, and place of birth. For purposes of identification, the full version certificate is required.


Applying For Copies of Birth Certificates from Overseas

If the birth of a child was not registered in the UK but occurred on a British armed forces base or while the parents were working abroad in a diplomatic capacity for the UK Government, the record can still be obtained easily

Our services now extend globally, and we can source certificates from various partner countries, including federal agencies in the USA, the Caribbean, Canada, Spain, France, Poland, Germany, and the Republic of Ireland. To inquire about our assistance with overseas events, you can submit your request through the contact form or call us at 01706 826109.

We are here to help and will gladly assist you wherever possible with your birth certificate replacement request.


Applying For A Birth Certificate: A Simple Guide

Accessing UK birth records is open to the public, allowing anyone to place an order. However, protective measures under data protection legislation are in place to prevent fraudulent activities.

When ordering a copy birth certificate for events within the last 50 years, providing full identifying details is essential. Beyond 50 years, the legislation is less strict. In either case, there’s no requirement for a signed release or other forms of identification to obtain a replacement certificate.

The most straightforward method is to order a birth certificate online through the website application form. Recognising that not everyone is comfortable with computers, we also offer the option of placing orders via telephone for your convenience. Keep in mind you may need some supporting documentation no matter how you order.

Utilising a UK Copy Birth Certificate Overseas

All UK certified copies can be used abroad, although it’s typical for foreign officials to request the apostille stamp. The apostille stamp acts as a guarantee from the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) that the certificate is genuine. Additionally, the term “legalised” is often used interchangeably with apostille by foreign officials.

It’s advisable to inquire with the foreign official whether an apostille is required. Clarifying this upfront can prevent unnecessary waste of time and money. The apostille can be ordered directly from the replacement certificate application form, ensuring a smooth process from the beginning.


Exploring Family History

The registration of births in England and Wales started in 1837 and became a requirement in 1875. You can also find the death certificate of a family member if needed.

However, there is a regrettable gap in records during the interim period. In Scotland, mandatory registration commenced in 1855, and before that, there were parish records, but these cannot be ordered. In the case of Northern Ireland registrations, you can order copy certificates from 1864 onwards.


Copy Certificate Processing Timelines and Costs

We offer three service levels, each priced according to the turnaround speed. The cost for each is detailed below:

  1. Standard £22.95 – Dispatched within ten working days
  2. Standard Plus £39.95 – Dispatched within five working days
  3. Priority £69.95 – Sent within 1-2 working days

For standard and standard plus orders, we use Royal Mail 1st class for UK addresses and Royal Mail standard and signed for international addresses, respectively.

Priority orders include Royal Mail Special Delivery for UK addresses and DHL tracked for international addresses.


Unsuccessful Record Searches

In the event that we cannot locate the requested record, we will reach out to you to understand the reasons behind the challenge. If, even after our discussion, we are still unable to find a suitable match, we will provide a full refund.

If you have a new born baby that you need to register click here for useful information.

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Telephone: 01706 826109