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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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UK Birth Certificates

UK Birth Certificates

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Good Evening, 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.

UK Birth Certificates

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

Order a Replacement Birth Certificate, suitable for both legal and family history uses. If you have lost your birth certificate, 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

All births in the UK have been required to be registered since 1837 for England and Wales, 1855 for Scotland, and 1864 in what is now Northern Ireland. As such, these dates mark the start of civil registration.

It is believed that between 1837 and 1875 up to 15% of births were not registered civilly, and the child was only baptised, because it was commonly believed that a parish registration was sufficient.

Prior to 1984, the birth indexes were arranged by quarter, January and March (March quarter), April to June (June quarter); July to September (September quarter) and October to December (December quarter).

A photocopy of a certificate is not usually accepted for official purposes, and so a certificate should be 'full certified copy of an entry of birth', one which gives details of their parents.

For a couple marrying abroad as part of a package, their birth certificates will used be required by the tour operators. They may also need to be legalised. Many countries will have this requirement for the wedding, such as Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Bali, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Florida, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mexico, Seychelles, Spain, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Please confirm this information with your tour operator or relevant embassy, as requirements can change.