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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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Period of High Demand / PDF Pilot Phase 1

We are currently experiencing high volumes of demand, and therefore some customers may experience a delay in the receipt of their order.

We apologise for any delay in processing and we aim to despatch orders as quickly as possible.

Priority applications for certificates are unaffected.

PDF Pilot Phase 1:

Thank you for your interest and custom. PDF pilot phase 1 (emailing PDF copies of our digitised records to customers) has now finished.

Orders for PDF copies which have already been placed are in the process of being produced and will be despatched shortly.

Details of the commencement of phase 2 of the PDF pilot (our premium 3 hour PDF service) will be published here shortly.

- 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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