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).

Phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 09:00 – 16:30, Thursday 09:30 - 16:30 and Friday 09:00 – 16:00.

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

Online

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

Fees: Standard service

Any copy certificate costs £12.50 which includes 1st class signed for postage. If you require your certificate to be sent by regular 1st class post the fee will be £11.00.

Items sent by standard 1st class post are not trackable therefore we advise that you use 1st class signed for. 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.

Fees: Priority Service

Our priority service costs £36.50 per certificate which includes 1st class signed for postage. If you wish to have your certificate posted out by 1st class postage the fee will be £35.00.

Items sent by standard 1st class post are not trackable therefore we advise that you use 1st class signed for. 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 or you can collect them from the Register Office at the Guildhall, Bath. Priority Service applications must be received by 2.00pm 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.

Your rating: 

Your rating: None Average: 2.8 (26 votes)
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.