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Copy Certificates

How do I order copies of birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificates?

If the event took place in the Dudley Borough you can apply to us for a copy certificate. If this is not the case, you will need to contact the relevant register office. To do this visit the General Register Office website for England and Wales via the links at the bottom of this page, and then type the town or postcode into the search facility on the site.

If you are unsure where the event occurred on-line indexes for Dudley Borough records are available here to assist you

How do I apply for copy certificates in Dudley?

The fastest and most cost effective way to make an application for copy certificates is to apply on line. Our system is changing and we currently have a temporary system available for you to use. Please select 'copy certificates' from the A to Z list when you follow this link to apply and pay online . This is available 24/7 and avoids waiting in any queues. You can add any helpful information to your application so that we are sure to produce the correct certificate for you. If we do not think we have the correct registration in our records we will contact you and arrange a speedy refund. Please include an email address in your application in case we need to contact you.

If you are unable to apply on line you can visit Dudley Council Plus, 259 Castle St, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1LQ to apply in person (payment can only be accepted on a debit or credit card, Dudley Council Plus cannot take cash payments) or you can call them on 0300 555 2345 and apply over the telephone. Alternatively you can post your application to us at Dudley Register Office, Priory Hall, Priory Park, Dudley DY1 4EU. You will need to include a cheque as payment for the copy certificates if you apply by post, otherwise we will not be able to process your application. Cheques should be made payable to Dudley MBC. Please not that we are unable to accept third party cheques.

If you use the online application form, please note the payment reference number in case you have to contact us about your payment.

Short copies of birth certificates are not suitable in all application processes, such as passports, and it may be more appropriate to order a full (standard) copy. A short birth certificate shows the names, date and district of birth; a full (standard) birth certificate shows all of the information recorded in the registration including parents' details.

Fees and Services

Standard service - £10 per certificate plus £5.50 processing and postage fee (for up to five certificates).

Applications will be processed within two working days, however please allow up to five working days for family history certificates. Certificates are sent by Royal Mail first class 'recorded signed for' service.   

An additional £5.50 must be added to your application to cover our processing and postage fee. We will post up to five certificates in one package for £5.50.

Certificates will need to be signed for at the point of delivery. Packages will be insured against loss in transit.

Same-day service - £25 per certificate

If you need your certificate quickly we offer a same-day service. Applications received by 12 noon will be processed and posted Royal Mail 1st Class 'recorded signed for' the same day. This service is  available Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays. Applications received after 12 noon will be processed the next working day.

Certificate will need to be signed for at the point of delivery. Packages will be insured against loss in transit.

Priority one hour service - £46 per certificate

If you need your certificate urgently we offer a priority one hour service. Applications received by 3pm will be produced within one hour and will be posted Royal Mail 1st Class 'recorded signed for'. This service is  available Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays.  Applications received after 3pm will be processed the next working day.

Certificate will need to be signed for at the point of delivery. Packages will be insured against loss in transit.

Where can I get a certificate if I was adopted?

The General Register Office for England and Wales holds the adopted children's register. Please visit their website if you require further information. If you have been legally adopted through a court, the adoption certificate is the document required for all official purposes.

Data Protection Statement

We will use the data you provide for the sole purpose of this application. Your personal details will be retained for a maximum of two years and will not be passed to other parties or used for any other purposes.

Useful Links

We have also included links to the General Register Office in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, should you wish to find out further information about your family history.


The centres below provide free public access to a complete set of the GRO Indexes in microfiche format. As well as the Birth, Marriage and Death indexes for the whole of England and Wales, indexes are available for recent events, the Adopted Children's Register, Civil Partnerships and events which have been registered overseas.

A full set of the indexes, can be found at:

  • Birmingham Central Library

  • Bridgend Reference and Information Library

  • City of Westminster Archives Centre

  • Manchester City Library

  • Plymouth Central Library

  • The British Library

  • The London Metropolitan Archives

It should be noted that it is not possible to obtain a certificate at any of the locations listed above although some offices may provide internet access to the GRO online ordering service.

Do you need to contact us?

Email register.office@dudley.gov.uk or telephone 01384 815373. Please note our lines tend to be quieter in afternoons.