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Welcome to the General Register Office for England and Wales online ordering service

The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales. Local Register Offices also hold records of events registered in their area.

For recent events registered within the last 6 months (for marriages this period is extended to 18 months), applications for certificates should be made to the Register Office in the district where the birth, death or marriage took place.

Order Certificates Online and search the GRO historic birth and death indexes.

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PDF Pilot Phase 3

We are trialling a service from 16 March to provide PDF copies of our non-digitised records. Records will not be immediately viewable, but emailed as a PDF.

Applications for each PDF cost 8, must be made online and include a GRO index reference.

England and Wales records which are available as PDF's in pilot 3 include:
Births: 1935-2006
Deaths: 1958-2006
Marriages: 1837-2010

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no value for services where a certificate is required e.g. a Passport or Driving Licence application, or Notice of Marriage

Pilot phase 3 closes at 4pm on 12 April or when 40,000 PDF's have been ordered, whichever is sooner. Analysis of the pilot will then follow.

Have you used our Online Historical Birth and Death Indexes yet? They may include extra information; maiden name and age at death. See Most Customers Want to Know.

- What you will need -

  • One of the following valid credit or debit cards
    Mastercard  Visa Credit  Visa Debit  Visa Electron  Maestro
  • Full name and postal address
  • An e-mail address
  • Details of the registration event you are applying for - e.g. birth, death, marriage, civil partnership or adoption

If you are using the site for the first time you will need to complete the registration process. You will only need to go through this process the first time you use the system.

Searching our online indexes is free.

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