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.
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 - Fri 9.00am – 4.00pm
By post / In person
Print and fill in an application form, or pick one up from the Guildhall reception:
- Application for a Birth Certificate (PDF 149KB)
- Application for a Death Certificate (PDF 148KB)
- Application for a Marriage Certificate (PDF 149KB)
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:
Or drop the completed form and payment into an envelope and post it into the secure black post box at the Guildhall reception desk.
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.
Any copy certificate costs £11.00 which includes 2nd class postage. If you require your certificate to be sent by 1st class signed for the fee will be £12.00. Please be aware that if you decide pay for 1st class signed for you will need to be in to receive the document. If you are not at home when the Royal Mail try to deliver your certificate it will be returned to a Post Office customer collection point and you will have to go and collect it in person.
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.
Our priority service costs £35.00 per certificate. If you wish to have your certificate posted out by first class signed for the fee will be £36.00. Please be aware that if you decide pay for 1st class signed for you will need to be in to receive the document. If you are not at home when the Royal Mail try to deliver your certificate it will be returned to a Post Office customer collection point and you will have to go and collect it in person.
Certificates will usually be available on the same day or within 24hrs. 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.