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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Information you need to order a birth, death or marriage certificate

There are certain details you may need to order a birth, marriage, adoption, stillbirth, or death certificate. Find out the information you need to provide and how it will help you get the right certificate index reference.

Information you should provide


  • full name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name - this is a requirement for any births registered within the last 50 years


  • full names of bride and groom
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • name and occupation of bride and groom’s fathers


  • full name
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • maiden surname if applicable


There are particular circumstances concerning stillbirth certificates, please read 'Ordering a stillbirth certificate'.


  • full name of person after adoption*
  • adopted person’s date of birth*
  • full name(s) of adoptive parent(s)*
  • year of adoption (if known)
  • court which granted the adoption order (if known)

* You must supply this if applying for certificates of those under 18, otherwise a certificate cannot be issued.

Civil partnerships

  • full names of both civil partners
  • date partnership was formed
  • place partnership was registered
  • full addresses of both partners at the time of registration - you must supply this if you are applying for the full certificate that includes addresses

If you are not able to supply both full addresses, but can still identify the record, you can be supplied with a certificate which does not contain the partner’s addresses.

Tips to ensure you order the correct certificate

If you have found a certificate index reference which you cannot read clearly, you can use the GRO’s unclear microfiche service. You can read more about this using the links below.

For events in Scotland or Northern Ireland

You can contact the relevant General Register Office using the links below.

Additional links

Order certificates online

Apply for birth, marriage and death certificates

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