Family history research
Birth registration in England and Wales began in 1837 and became mandatory in 1875. In the interim period there are missing records unfortunately. In Scotland, mandatory registration began in 1855, before then there are parish records but these are not available to order. For Northern Ireland registrations you can order copy certificates from 1864 onwards.
Ordering a copy birth certificate and the process
UK birth records are public records and so anyone can order them. However, there is data protection legislation to safeguard against fraudulent activity.
For example, if ordering a copy birth certificate for births within the last 50 years the full identifying details are necessary.
If the event is outside 50 years the legislation is more relaxed. In either case, there is no need for a signed release or any other forms of ID to get a replacement certificate.
The easiest way to order is by using the website application form. We understand that not everyone is confident with computers and so we also allow telephone orders.
Copy Certificate processing times and prices
If we are unable to find a requested record we will make contact with you to try and establish why this may be. If after speaking to you and we are still unable to find a match we will make a full refund available.