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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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General Register Office (GRO) - PDF Extended Pilot

The GRO is piloting a service from 12 October 2017 to provide portable document format (PDF) copies of digitised historical birth and death records. The pilot will run for a minimum of 3 months to enable GRO to assess the demand for this service over a prolonged period.

Applications for each PDF cost £6, must be made online, and include a GRO index reference.

England and Wales records which are available as PDFs in this extended pilot include:

Births: 1837 –1916
Deaths: 1837 –1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, and therefore a certificate is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or giving notice of marriage.

Indexes

Have you used our Online Historical Birth and Death Indexes yet? They may include extra information, for example; maiden name or 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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