Copy Birth Certificates
Order a Replacement Birth Certificate, suitable for both legal and family history uses. If you have lost your birth certificate UK, or need one for family history purposes, this replacement copy will help you.
Duplicate Birth Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:
Visas and Immigration
All copy birth certificates we supply are fully certified copies which are
suitable for all official purposes. Some reasons for obtaining a certificate
include an application for marriage, applying for an academic course, applying
for a passport or a driver's licence. One of the most common reasons is that the
original certificate was lost or mislaid.
Replacement birth certificates do not require a signed release or similar for
the order to be processed. Nor does further documentation (e.g. driver's licence
or passport) have to produced.
Generally, there will be no special needs for the
order to be completed, beyond the initial supplying of information and
Types of Copy birth certificates
There are two types of birth certificates, the full birth certificate. This is a copy of the entry in the birth register, giving all the recorded details, the short certificate. This only gives the child's full name, sex, date and place of birth. It does not give the name and particulars of the mother or father. A short certificate is issued free of charge when a birth is first registered.
There is no choice between non certified and certified - all certificates
issued are certified. All certificates issued are issued with an official seal,
some certificates have a raised seal or a stamped seal.
We can supply full birth certificates from the United Kingdom (UK) of Great
England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and many overseas
births where the location was once a British territory, or if the event was
registered with a British consulate.
Require an Apostille (Legalised) UK Certificate? An Apostille is a certificate confirming that a signature or a seal on a certificate is genuine. The process of obtaining an Apostille is called Legalisation.
Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country. Apostille Certificates issued in the UK will be accepted in the following countries without further legalisation - Apostille Countries.
Name at birth
Date and time of birth
Birth registration number (NHS number in UK)
Legal parent(s) (in some countries including parents' occupations, places of
birth, and maiden name of the mother)
Certified Copy birth certificates are those countries within the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Norhern Ireland, namely England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and
Wales. If the event has been recorded in these countries, or the event occurred
with a British national, then a certificate should be available.
Full Certified Copy duplicate birth certificates can also be known as unabridged certificates.
Details provided include full name at birth, date of birth, place of birth and
details of the parents. The abridged certificate, which is usually issued at
birth, is also known as a short (or half) birth certificate and does not have
the parents' details, and so do not help a genealogist for research purposes.
All births, marriages and deaths (in England and Wales) have been required by
law to be registered. This law came into effect on July 1st, 1837. Following
the "Births and Deaths Act 1874", to report a birth became a duty of those
present at the event, with late or non-registration penalised and fined.
From 1969 onwards, the register records the child's surname and notes the gender
as male or female, and the certificates are portrait format. Before 1969, the
child's surname was not registered, and the gender was noted as boy or girl,
and the format is landscape.
For UK citizens, a birth certificate is not always accepted as proof of
identity. It is illegal to impersonate someone else by using birth certificates
and is defined as identity fraud.
Certificates are often obtained for family history research, for naturalisation
processes, genealogy, and passport applications.
Replacement of a copy birth certificate
Searches of the records in UKOS's Office for details of births usually for copy of replacement certificates. Copy certificates can only be obtained via the online order form, the certificate would contain the birth details first registered. The minimum information needed to find an entry is the name of the person, place of birth and year the birth took place.
Registers of births, marriages and deaths
Copies of marriage certificates
Copies of birth certificates
Copies of death certificates
We assume that the information supplied is accurate, and so cannot bear
responsibility for any issues developing from any information which is
inaccurately supplied. However, we will endeavour to locate and order the
correct certificate, and so if the information supplied does not match the
records we locate, we will contact you to resolve this.