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Apostille Legalisation

Legalisation (Apostille) is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine.

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Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates and Death Certificates are full length copies and can be used for official purposes.

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Birth Certificate England

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This site exists to help you obtain a Birth, Death or Marriage certificate as quickly and as easily as possible.

Birth Certificate England

All birth certificates supplied are full long form version certified copies for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include parents names.
  • Birth Certificate
This document will normally include full name of child, mother's name, father's name (when registered) DoB, where born and registration district.

Birth Certificate England

Birth Certificates for England have had a new design since 1st January 2000. The design, which also applied to still-birth certificates, death certificates, and Welsh birth, still-birth and death certificates, differs from the previous design in the use of background.

The colour of the background has changed from a red tint background for English and Welsh birth certificates and grey tint background for death certificates from England and Wales, to a blue tint background for both.

There was also a new graphic as an integral part of the design, which uses both the national rose emblem of England and the national daffodil emblem of Wales.

This was the first major change for the design of certificates for the past 50 years, when the existing red background tints were introduced. There were revisions before this, but they have been minor revisions.

Certificates issued prior to 2000 remain valid.

English and Welsh certificates currently issued have a watermark which incorporates a crown image and the initials of the GRO. The colour of the Seal of the Register Office varies according to the type of the certificate.

The size of a full or short certificate now should be A4 size. However, this may not apply to certificates recording Welsh events which have been issued as bilingual certificates.

Over four million certificates are issued each year.