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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.

Search the GRO historical birth and death indexes and order Certificates/PDFs Online.

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GRO News

GRO has been piloting a service providing PDF copies of historical birth & death records. From 16th February 2019 PDF’s are now a permanent service.

Applications for PDF’s cost £7, must be made online and include a GRO index reference. England & Wales records available to order in PDF format include:
Births: 1837–1918
Deaths: 1837–1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, therefore a paper certified copy [certificate] is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport or where required to give notice of marriage.

Change in Fees

From 16th February 2019 GRO have increased the price of certificates & made changes to delivery options. Extra charges will apply if you do not order certificates online or include a GRO index reference (where available).

Multilingual Standard Forms: These are now available with applications for certificates (or separately with a certificate of no impediment) if needed for use in EU countries. Please see our ’Most customers want to know’ section for more information.

The GRO website will be unavailable between 08:00-09:30GMT on Thu 21st Feb for essential maintenance.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

- 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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