Certificate copies

Get a certificate for a birth, marriage or death that happened in Essex.

 

 

Orders over the Christmas period

Over the Christmas period, you will still be able to use our standard service (usually 5 working days), but it may be slower than normal.

In order for a standard application to be processed before Christmas, please submit it by noon on Thursday 14 December.

Our priority services will be suspended over the Christmas period:

 

Last day to order for your application to be processed by Christmas

Service suspended until

48 hour service

Noon on Tuesday 19 December

Tuesday 2 Jan 2018

24 hour service

Noon on Wednesday 20 December

Tuesday 2 Jan 2018

2 hour service

Noon on Friday 22 December

Tuesday 2 Jan 2018

 

What we can and can't supply

We can give you certificates for births, marriages and deaths that happened:

  • in the area administered by Essex County Council, and
  • from 1 July 1837.

We can’t give you certificates for births, marriages and deaths that happened:

We can’t supply certificates to people outside the UK. Try the General Register Office.

Order certificate copies

Records of adoptions

Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the Registrar General. For adoption certificates please contact GRO adoptions at the General Register Office or by telephoning 0300 123 1837.

 

How much does it cost and how long will it take?

Standard service

You can collect, or we will send, your certificate in up to five working days:

  • if the birth, marriage or death happened in the last 28 days, for £7
  • otherwise, £10.

The five working days doesn't include delivery, and if you order outside working hours, start at 9am the next working day.

Fast services

You can collect, or we will send, your certificate within:

  • 48 hours for £18
  • 24 hours for £25

Timings don't include delivery, and if you order outside working hours, start at 9am the next working day.

We also offer, when staffing allows, a 2-hour service for £65 if you visit our office Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm, excluding bank holidays. Please call 033301 32482 first to check availability.

Postage and packaging

Or, collect your certificate from our office Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm or Friday 9am to 4pm. We are closed on bank holidays.

We will not be help responsible for post that does not arrive. Orders over £50 should be collected or sent Special Delivery Guaranteed.

 

Can I order more than one certificate?

You can use our online form to order up to 10 certificates. You’ll only pay once for postage and packaging.