Find out how to order copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Registration Service holds records of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered in the area from July 1837 onwards.

For events not registered in the Bath and North East Somerset area you will need to apply for a copy certificate from the Register Office in the district where the event was registered.

For information about other Register Offices throughout England and Wales, please see find a register office on the GOV.UK website.

Who can apply for a copy certificate

Anyone who can identify the entry in the register is entitled to apply for a copy certificate.

Identifying an entry means knowing the relevant details that will appear on the certificate.

In the case of birth entries, we ask the applicant to supply the:

  • full name on the certificate
  • date and place of birth
  • mother’s full name and mother’s maiden name (where applicable)
  • father's/parent's full name

In the case of death entries, we ask the applicant to supply the:

  • deceased’s full name
  • date and place of death
  • spouse’s/civil partner's full name (if applicable)

For marriage/civil partnership certificates, we ask the applicant to supply the:

  • full names of both parties
  • any other surnames used
  • date and place of marriage/ceremony (i.e. venue, church name etc.)

How to apply for a copy certificate

Before you apply

Check the database on the Bath BMD website or contact us to check whether we hold the original entry.

By phone

Contact us on 01225 477234 and have your Debit or Credit Card ready to make payment (we can accept all major cards except American Express).

Office hours: Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm and Thur 10.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

By post / In person

Print and fill in an application form, or pick one up from the Guildhall reception:

Please contact us for advice about ordering copies of Civil Partnership Certificates.

Make cheques/postal orders payable to “Superintendent Registrar”

Post the completed form and your payment to: 

Certificate Applications 
Register Office
Guildhall
High Street
Bath
BA1 5AW

Or drop the completed form and payment into an envelope and post it into the secure black post box at the Guildhall reception desk.

Online

There is currently no facility for ordering copy certificates online from us.

Certificate fees and service standards

Fees vary depending on whether the record (birth, death, marriage or civil partnership) is held in a current/open register or in a register that has been deposited/archived. If the event occurred within the last three months you should contact us to check the fee before you apply.

Standard service

A certificate from an entry in a current/open register costs £7.00.

A certificate from an entry in a completed and deposited/archived register costs £12.00 per certificate.

Certificates will usually be available for collection, or posted out, within 5 working days. If you apply by post we aim to process your application within 5 working days.

Priority Service

Our priority service costs £25.00 per certificate.

Certificates will usually be available on the same day. We can either post them out First Class or you can collect them from the Register Office at the Guildhall, Bath. Priority Service applications must be received by 2.30pm in order to be processed the same day.

If you are unsure about the fee you need to pay, please contact us on 01225 477234.

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The Council’s Information Compliance Office can be contacted on (01225) 477000 or via email at information_governance@bathnes.gov.uk

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