Order a copy of a Birth Certificate/Marriage Certificates
You need to register on the General Register Office (GRO) website to get a copy of a birth, adoption, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate in England and Wales.
You can use this service to research your family tree.
Order with the GRO index reference number.
It takes around 10 minutes and you’ll need a debit or credit card.
Start nowon the General Register Office ordering service
Certificates cost £11 and are sent 4 days after you apply.
If you do not have a GRO index reference number, you’ll have to pay £3 extra for each search. Certificates are sent 15 working days after you apply.
If you need the certificate sooner, you can use the priority service for £35. It’ll be sent the next working day if you order by 4pm.
Extra copies are the same price.
Get help ordering a certificate
Contact the General Register Office for help ordering a certificate or questions about an order.
If you’ve registered a birth or death with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Overseas Registration Unit, you cannot get a copy from the GRO until the November of the following year.
If you need a copy sooner, email the name of the registered person, the registration date and reference number.
Mission: British Marriage Certificates
Acceptable for all legal purposes
Duplicate British Marriage Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:
|PassportsVisasBank accountsPensionsSocial Security||Employer IDDriving licenceVisas & ImmigrationDivorceAdoption|
When you need a UK Marriage Certificate Fast
There are times when you need a copy of your marriage certificate and time is short. This is especially true if you need the certificate to be sent outside of the UK. We offer 3 options to help our overseas clients in need of a fast service:
- Priority 3-day dispatch gets your certificate issued faster
- Worldwide courier delivery removes the worry of international postage
- Email copies can be sent to you with our Scan and Send service
What will I get?
You will receive a government-issued UK Marriage Certificate. These are officially known as Certified Copies, as they are issued based on the original that was stored when the marriage originally took place. This does not mean that we send you a photocopy! You will get a brand-new document, as good as the original. The only difference is that the date of issue will be different.
For full details of exactly what is included on a British Marriage Certificate, please visit our Questions (FAQs) page.
I live outside of the UK. Will the marriage certificate be accepted in my country?
If you are using the marriage certificate to get a British Passport, regardless of where in the world you live, you can use the marriage certificate without any additional validation.
For overseas clients needing to validate the authenticity of the certificate as having been produced in the UK, we also offer a legalisation service whereby the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office will attach a dated Apostille to the reverse of the marriage certificate. We would always recommend that you check with whoever you are presenting the certificate to, to see if an Apostille Stamp is needed.
“Thanks for your excellent service in getting our Marriage certificate to us so quickly. I’ll certainly recommend you to whoever asks.” Dave Hooper
Where British nationals are married abroad, we can additionally supply copies of certificates relating to any UK marriages abroad registered at a Consulate, High Commission, or with the Armed Forces. This service only applies to those marriages that have actually been registered with the UK authorities. Please note that it can take up to 18 months for the records to reach the UK from the overseas authorities so requests for recent marriages would need to be made to the specific in-country marriage registrations department.
Vision: Birth/Marriage Certificate
Order an official England or Wales birth certificate online.
This is a quick and reliable service; certificates can be obtained from 1837 to 18 months prior to the present date.
Vital records provide a record of some of the most important events in our lives and were written by someone who witnessed the event.
You can obtain the following information from this certifcate:
- When and where a person was born.
- Their fathers name (where acknowledged).
- Mother’s name.
- Father’s occupation.
Certificate – Digital copy service
Our digital service provides a copy of your certificate via email to the email address you provide us with when you order your certificate, whilst you wait for the original certificate to arrive in the post. Please note that we will always send the original as well as the email. The digital copy of the certificate will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the original certificate being posted.
Please note that the certificate will be ready according to delivery service speed you have chosen and cannot be emailed beforehand. This is up to 16 working days for Standard and up to 6 working days for Express.
We offer two types of delivery for this service:
- Standard (up to 5 working days) £54.99.
- Express (up to 3 working days) £79.99.
Please note: Orders placed after 1pm will start to be processed on following working day.
Costs includes cost of certificate, handling charge, P&P and VAT.
95%* of our customers confirm that they are satisfied with our service and would recommend it to others and we hope you will also. So that you can make an informed decision when ordering, please be aware that there are other certificate ordering services available and that costs do vary. (* Customer research Oct 2009)
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We look forward to your stay.