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Types of UK birth certificates

If you need to Order A Copy Birth Certificate we can assist. As a matter of course UK Certificates only supply the full version copy certificates. 

There are two types of birth certificate, the full version and the short version. A full version copy certificate gives the full identifying details of the event, and the short version does not.

A full version copy has the child’s name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, and parent’s full names if applicable. If a parent did not attend the registration their name is not recorded.
The home address and occupations of the parent’s and the date of registration and the registrar’s name are also recorded.
A short version lists the name of the child, date and place of birth. For purposes of identification the full version certificate is necessary.
If you need to order a replacement birth certificate we are here to assist with a seamless process.


Reasons why a copy birth certificate may be needed

The most common reason we see today is for new job applications. In November 2008 it became mandatory for a candidate to prove their entitlement to work in the UK.
There are many other reasons a birth certificate may be necessary.
British passport applications, nursery or school places, obtaining a driving licence, marriage and so on.


Ordering copy birth certificates that were not registered in the UK

If the parents were working in the British armed forces and the birth registered on the base then the record will be available here.
And if the parents were working abroad in a diplomatic capacity for the UK Government then so should the record also be here
We can now source replacement birth certificates from around the world. Partner countries currently include the USA, Caribbean, Canada, Spain, France, Poland, Germany and ROI.
To see if we can assist with overseas events submit your enquiry via the contact form or call us at 01706 826109.
We will be happy to assist you where possible.


Using a UK copy birth certificate abroad

All UK certified copies are suitable for use abroad, although, it is common for foreign officials to request the apostille stamp.
The apostille stamp is a guarantee from the FCDO that the certificate is genuine.
Apostille also means “legalised”, and so it is common for foreign officials to use the “legal” term.
We advise that you ask the foreign official if the apostille is required. Getting things right from the start can save a lot of unnecessary  wasted time and money.
The apostille is available to order from the replacement birth certificate application form.


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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

  • We have 3 levels of service which each priced depending on the speed of turn around, please see below:
    Three service levels to meet your needs:
    • Standard £39.95 – dispatched within ten working days
    • Standard Plus £64.95 – dispatched within five working days
    • Priority £89.95 – sent within 1-2 working days
    • We send standard and standard plus orders to UK addresses with royal mail 1st class. And to international addresses with royal mail standard and signed for respectively.
    • Priority orders include royal mail special delivery to UK addresses and DHL tracked to international addresses.


Unsuccessful searches 

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.

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Other Certificate types available to order:

Replacement marriage certificate

Replacement death certificate

Replacement adoption certificate

If you have a new born baby and have not yet registered the birth click here for helpful information