When you first register a birth, this must be done in person at the register office. After the birth has been registered the registrar issues a short birth certificate free of charge. The certificate shows the baby's forenames and surname, sex, date of birth and district and sub-district of birth only. A certificate is also available from the registrar, which records the parents' details and is a complete copy of the register entry.
This full certificate is now required to obtain a passport for anyone born after 1983.
At any time after the initial registration you can obtain a copy birth certificate. There is a charge for copy birth certificates details of which can be found on our Register offices charges and fees page.
Penallta House register office can only issue replacement birth certificates if they hold the register containing the original entry. If not, you must apply to the register office that holds the original record.
Information you will need to provide us with
In order for us to provide you with a copy birth certificate it is important that you provide us with as accurate information as possible in order for us to locate the entry in the register.
Where possible we will need to know the following information about the person the certificate is required for:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Parents names
- Birth mother's maiden name
How to apply
You can apply for a birth certificate online.
Alternatively, call the register office on 01443 863478 during office hours or email email@example.com.
Following the submission of your application, a registrar will use the information you have provided to locate the birth registration. You will then be contacted by the registrar, and if the search was successful, will advise you on how to proceed with obtaining your certificate.