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All copy birth certificates supplied are long form version certified copies for England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and include parents names.

Birth Certificate Full

The certificate will normally include full name of child, mother's name, father's name (when registered) DoB, where born and registration district.

Copy Birth Certificates

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 payment.

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 Britain (GB) 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
  • Sex
  • 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.


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