Replacement Birth Certificate

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Replacement Birth Certificate

Need a certified replacement birth certificate? Search no more. UK Official Certificates has helped over 100,000 people obtain replacement birth certificates supplied in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’re ready and waiting to add you to that list.

Simply fill in our quick and easy application form, then let our team process your application. With a wealth of experience, we can correct minor issues to avoid delays. It’s birth certificate replacement made easy.

Apply for a Copy of Your Birth Certificate

Complete the application form below to get a copy of your birth certificate. Firstly, enter a few personal details and double-check the spelling on names. Secondly, select how fast you need to obtain a copy of your birth certificate. We’ll do the rest. Order today!

Why Replace Your Birth Certificate with Us?

UK Official Certificates has been helping people get duplicate, copy or replacement birth certificates for over 15 years. In that time, we’ve handled more than 600,000 applications – meaning we know the process like the back of our hands.

With over 15 years in the business, we have a deep understanding of the issues that can delay applications. We cross-reference each application with official records, ensuring that it is processed quickly and efficiently. As such, we can guarantee to deliver within our promised timeframes for 99.99% of all applications.


Our UK Team is on Hand to Help

Need a hand with your application? Customer service is at the very heart of what we do.

Contact our team by phone or email or indeed the website chat widget– the choice is yours. Rest assured, we’ll never outsource your call to an external call centre. We handle all communications in house, and we strive to provide a prompt response during business hours.

Got an enquiry outside business hours? Simply get in touch using our contact form. This is the best way to make enquiries when ordering a new birth certificate, given that most issues take some time to resolve.

However you choose to contact our team, a fully trained member of staff will deal with your issue professionally. Above all else, they’ll do everything they can to help you get a copy of the birth certificate you need for official purposes.


Helping Customers Outside the UK

As UK replacement birth certificate specialists, we can help with duplicate documents for births in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, we do understand that many people born in these UK countries have since moved abroad.

If you require Apostille stamps for your replacement documents you are able to add these as you progress through our certificate application forms.

Our Priority service includes DHL tracked postage to international addresses, the standard plus and standard services include 1st class none tracked airmail. But that’s not all. We also have a dedicated customer service line for requesting a copy of your birth certificate outside the UK or you can use our contact form or the website chat widget for any queries you may have.

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Replacement Birth Certificate FAQs

If you have any questions about our service, take a look through these FAQs. Please contact us if you would like to discuss anything further on or 01706 826109.

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• How do I get a copy of my UK birth certificate?

Getting a copy of your UK birth certificate is easy. Simply fill in our form with the relevant details and select your preferred speed. Our expert team will cross-reference the information you’ve provided with official records to minimise the chance of any errors – and in turn, eliminate any delays.

If you’d like to find out more, read our guide to ordering a birth certificate in the UK.


• How long will it take?

With UK Official Certificates, you can choose from three speeds depending on your budget and how quickly you want or need your duplicate birth certificate. For our standard service, we’ll dispatch your UK birth certificate copy within 10 working days of your order date. With standard plus, we’ll dispatch within 5 working days and send by first class post. If you choose priority, we’ll send your birth certificate replacement by Royal Mail Special Delivery, dispatched on the next working day following your order.

Our working days are Monday to Friday, so we’ll receive orders on Monday if you make them on Saturday and Sunday. Please note that our cut-off time is 2.30pm, so you’ll need to order before then to have your birth certificate dispatched on the next working day with our priority service, for example.


• Which one is a full birth certificate?

A full birth certificate refers to your long-form birth certificate, which includes not only the recorded details of the child, but also the parents’ details. The full certificate is often needed for a range of purposes, such as school places, new passports and visa applications, rather than commemorative certificates.


• How can I check my birth certificate online?

Unfortunately, there is no way to check your birth certificate online for people born in the UK. If you have lost your birth certificate, the quickest way to access it is by ordering a replacement copy and using our fastest delivery service to receive it within the next few days.


• How do I get a PDF birth certificate?

The quickest and easiest way to get a PDF of your birth certificate is by ordering online and choosing our fastest service. You can then scan your birth certificate and convert the file to a PDF if necessary.


• Can you get a new birth certificate on the same day?

Unfortunately, there is no way to get a duplicate birth certificate on the same day in the UK. This is true even if you are willing to visit a register office in person. With our priority service, we’ll dispatch birth certificates to UK addresses on the next working day using Royal Mail Special Delivery.

For more information, find out the fastest way to get a UK replacement birth certificate.


• Can I get my birth certificate in person?

Some local register or registry offices allow you to order and collect certificates in person. You’ll need to check whether this is an option online or by phone. However, ordering and collecting in person won’t make the process any quicker, and could actually delay your birth certificate if there are any issues with your application.


• Can I order a birth certificate for someone else?

Birth certificates are a legal record. As such, you can order a birth certificate on behalf of someone else as long as you have all the relevant details including names (child and parents), dates and the birth place.

Learn more about how you can order a birth certificate for someone else.


• Can I order an adoption birth certificate?

In the UK, when an adoption occurs, a new birth certificate is issued in the child’s adoptive name, superseding the original. This adoption birth certificate is a legal document confirming the adoption and details about the adoptive parents. To order a replacement, one can go through governmental channels, although this can be time-consuming and prone to errors. Alternatively, UK Official Certificates provides a swift online application process for ordering a replacement adoption birth certificate, with a specialist team verifying the information to avoid errors, ensuring a faster processing time. They offer various pricing tiers depending on the urgency, with next-day dispatch available.

• How do I replace a stolen birth certificate?

If your birth certificate is stolen, report it to your local police. To replace it, gather essential personal and parental information. While local registry offices offer replacements, UK Official Certificates provides a quicker online alternative, cross-referencing your details with official databases for accuracy. With their streamlined process, replacing your stolen birth certificate is swift and stress-free.

Read about how to replace a stolen birth certificate.


• What is a certified copy of a birth certificate?

A range of different applications require a certified copy of your UK birth certificates. Put simply, this is a copy of the original document, certified to show that it’s a true copy.


• How much is a full birth certificate?

The cost of your full birth certificate copy depends on how quickly you want or need the replacement. Prices start from as little as £22.95 for our standard service and go up to £69.95 for our priority service.

For more information, read this guide on the cost of a birth certificate in the UK.


• Can you send a replacement birth certificate quickly without some information?

It depends on what information you’re missing and how long ago the birth was. However, the answer is usually yes. We can usually access official records to fill in any gaps in the information you’ve provided, as well as correcting errors. That said, births in the past 50 years do require more information by law.


• Can I get a birth certificate from the past 18 months?

You can order a birth certificate from the past 18 months, but it may take a little longer. This is simply due to the complexities of the archive system in the UK, which makes it a little harder to access documents from the recent past.


• Will I get a short or long version of my birth certificate?

At UK Official Certificates, we provide the full, long version of your UK birth certificate. This allows you to use it for various applications such as school, passports and even visas.

Learn more about the difference between short and long birth certificates.


• What information does my birth certificate duplicate include?

As a certified copy of your original, full birth certificate, the duplicate will include your full name, date of birth and location of birth with the registration district, sub-district and county. In addition, there will also be the full name of your mother including your mother’s maiden name, plus a signature, residence and description of the informant, which is usually the mother.

The birth certificate will include the father’s full name and occupation if he is named. Finally, you’ll see the registration date for the birth, the signature of the registrar and the date of production for the certificate.


• Will I get the time of birth?

UK birth certificates usually do not include the time of birth. However, one exception to this is for multiple births, such as twins or triplets, where the birth certificate includes the time of birth alongside the date. As a result, we cannot provide the time of birth for the majority of replacement birth certificates.


• How far back can I order a duplicate birth certificates?

Birth certificates are registered from the mid-1800s – 1837 for England and Wales, 1855 for Scotland and 1864 for Northern Ireland. As such, you can order a copy of a birth certificate for anyone in your family who was born in the UK, and even for some of your ancestors if you’re building a family tree.


• Do you also offer services for a civil partnership certificate?

We currently offer services for marriage certificates, birth certificates, death certificates and adoption certificates. For further information, visit our home page.