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Order a copy of a certificate

Find out how you can order copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Published: 3 December 2020

Last updated: 1 September 2021

For births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered in Westminster, certificates for the following years only can be ordered from us online: 

  • birth certificates for 1921 onwards 

  • death certificates for 1971 onwards 

  • marriage certificates for 1946 onwards 

  • civil partnership certificates from 2005 onwards 

Please do not place an order for records before these dates. See Location of Westminster Registration records for more information on how to order

Guide to ordering

Please check these guidelines before placing your order:

  1. Priority orders will be dispatched from our office within one working day of receiving the order; if received before 2pm. For standard orders sent by International and Signed For 1st Class orders our normal turnaround time is 7 working days of receiving the order. However, due to national problems with the registration database this has been extended to 14 working days. 

  2. Please note that on the first Tuesday of every month the Westminster Registration Service is closed. Subsequently any priority orders received after 2pm on the Monday before will not be processed until Wednesday; the next following business day. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.Please do not provide reference numbers from General Register Office indexes, Ancestry.co.uk, findmypast.com or similar websites, as they don't relate to Westminster registers.

  3. You must provide the details of the person on the certificate.

  4. Newborn babies must be registered in person at the register office before copy certificates can be ordered online.
  5. Adoption certificates must be ordered directly from the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837.
  6. If you're unsure whether the event took place in Westminster, order your certificate from the General Register Office who hold all the records for England and Wales.

Fees

Certificate fee 

Certificates cost £11 each. 

If you need the certificate urgently, we offer a priority dispatch service for an extra £24. 

  • priority delivery - £34 (including priority issue) 

  • international delivery - £10 

  • 1st class signed for (UK only) - £5 

Order a certificate

 Please follow this link to place an order.