Certificate copies

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



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 marriage certificates where a same sex civil partnership has been converted into a marriage. Please contact The Essex Registration Service directly

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


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?


How long it will take

(these figures do not include delivery time)




Postage or collection

Standard service

We will produce your certificate within five working days*


If the birth, marriage or death happened in the last 28 days, £7.

Otherwise, £10.


Once your certificate has been produced, it will be posted to you. Please remember to allow extra time for your certificate to arrive in the post.

You can choose from:

£2.50 Royal Mail First Class

£7 Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

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


Alternatively, you can collect your certificate from our office in Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm or Friday 9am-4pm. We are closed on bank holidays.

Please select your preferred option when placing your order.

48 hours

We will produce your certificate within 48 hours (i.e. two working days)*





24 hours

We will produce your certificate within 24 hours (i.e. one working day)*





2 hours


When staffing allows, we can produce certificates within 2 hours. You will need to visit our office to place your order, Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm. Please call 033301 32482 first to check availability.




*Our working days are Monday-Friday. If an order is placed outside of working hours we will begin processing it from 9am on the next working day.


Can I order more than one certificate?

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


Service over Christmas 2018

Copies of certificates of births, marriages and deaths registeres in Essex can be ordered from the Essex Record Office.

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 your application by noon on Thursday 13th 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 18th December



Tuesday 2nd January 2019

24 hour service

Noon on Wednesday 19th December

2 hour service

Noon on Friday 21st December


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