Births, marriages, deaths and nationality Buy a copy certificate

What information is on a certificate?

Full birth certificate

Gives all details entered in the register:

  • name, gender, date and place of birth
  • father's name (if given at time of registration), place of birth and occupation
  • mother's name, place of birth, maiden surname and, after 1984, occupation

Registrations made before 1969 do not include details of the parents' place of birth and mother's occupation.

Short birth certificate

  • name, gender, date of birth
  • place of registration

The price is the same for the full or the short certificate.

Death certificate

  • name, date and place of death
  • date and place of birth (before 1969 a certificate only showed age of deceased)
  • occupation and usual address
  • cause of death
  • the person who gave information for the death registration

Civil partnership certificate

  • Standard certificate - includes the partners' addresses (to buy, you must be able to provide the partners' full addresses)
  • Extract certificate - does not include the partners' addresses

Marriage certificate 

  • date and place of marriage
  • name, age and marital status/condition of the parties
  • occupation and usual address
  • name and occupation of each party's father (where recorded)
  • signatures of the witnesses
  • signature of the person who solemnised the marriage

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