There are 2 types of birth certificate:

  • the short version; this certificate contains only the baby’s details
  • the full version, this certificate contains the baby’s details and the parents’ details

Once you have registered the birth, you’ll be able to buy a short or full certificate for your baby. Both types of certificate cost £4.

If you register the birth in the area where it took place, you’ll get a certificate straight away. If you register the birth in another area, you’ll receive it in a few days.

You can buy extra copies of the birth certificate from the register office at any time.


How to order a copy of a birth certificate

You need to register on the General Register Office (GRO) website to order a copy of a birth in England and Wales.

You can also use the General Register Office service to help you research your family tree.

Certificates cost £9.25 and are sent after 14 working days.

If you need your certificate sooner you can use the priority service for £23.40. It will be sent the next working day if you order by 4pm.

Click here to order a birth certificate.