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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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Long Birth Certificates

Long Birth Certificates British

Long Birth Certificates UK

Good Afternoon, Welcome to UK Official Records !

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

Long Birth Certificates

New feature available - Track Your Certificate Order Online

In the UK there are two formats of birth certificates. Officially these are known as 'Short' and 'Long' birth certificates. Long birth certificates are also often referred to as 'Full' or 'A4' certificates.
  • Long Birth Certificate Original
The certificate will normally include full name of child, mother's name, father's name (when registered) DoB, where born and registration district.

Long 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:

Bank accounts
Social Security
Employer ID
Driving licence
Visas and Immigration

Whilst both are issued, over the past few years changes to government policy has devalued the Short certificate in an attempt to reduce the employment of illegal immigrants. Long certificates are also essential when applying for ancestral visas to establish parentage for entitlement to residency.

The main difference between the two certificate types is that the Long certificate shows the named parents for the child at birth.

The Long certificate also shows the exact place of birth (and not just the district), the occupation of the father and also the address of the person registering the birth.

When a birth is first registered, parents are issued with a free copy of the Short certificate whereas Long certificates are chargeable. We believe that the law should be changed since the Short certificate is almost never accepted for legal purposes any more.