Order a copy certificate

We hold records for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered in Westminster from 1837 to the present day which can be ordered online.

We can only issue birth certificates for 1917 onwards, death certificates for 1967 onwards, marriage certificates for 1942 onwards and 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.

1. Guide to ordering

The Westminster Registration Service is currently digitising its index books. Any records prior to 1991 may take time to find as a result. If the record you are looking for is prior to 1991 and you need it urgently, call the office on 0207 641 5135 to see if it will be available as a priority service. If not you maybe advised to contact the General Register Office to use their priority service.

Check these guidelines before placing your order:

  1. Priority same day issue certificates must be ordered before 2pm to be issued the same working day, otherwise they will be issued for collection or posted the next working day. Please note that certificates ordered for standard service (non priority) will be issued for collection or posted after 7 working days from date of order. 
  2. Don't provide reference numbers from General Registers 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 Registers 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.

2. Fees

Certificate fee

Certificates cost £10 each.

If you need the certificate urgently, we offer a priority same day issue service for an extra £25.

Postage fee

You can collect your certificate in person for free or choose one of the following postal options:

  • guaranteed next day delivery - £35 (including priority same day issue)
  • international delivery - £10
  • 1st class signed for - £5
  • 1st class standard - £2.50

3. Order a certificate

Book online

Once your certificate is ready, you can collect it in person for free or pay a postage fee to have it sent to you.


Last updated: 19 June 2017
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