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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?

To make an application for copy certificates you can:

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

If you decide to print the download document and post it to us, you will need to include a cheque as payment for the copy certificates, otherwise we will not be able to process your application. Cheques should be made payable to Dudley MBC

Fees and Services - From 1 April 2014

Standard service - 2nd Class Post

£10.00 statutory fee for each certificate (unless within one month of registration)

Applications will be processed within two working days, however please allow up to 5 working days for family history certificates. Certificates are sent by second class post. Please note that no liability will be accepted by Dudley MBC for non-delivered items.

It costs £10.00 for a short or full copy of a birth certificate. 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.

Premium service – 1st Class 'recorded signed for'

£10.00 statutory fee for each certificate (unless within one month of registration) +
£5.50 recorded delivery, inclusive of insurance = £15.50

This service offers greater peace of mind. Applications will be processed within two working days, however please allow up to 5 days for family history certificates. (Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays are not classed as working days).  Certificate packages provide proof of delivery by Royal Mail and will need to be signed for at the point of delivery. Packages will be insured against loss in transit up to the value of £46.00.

Priority Service (UK only) – Same day service

£10.00 statutory fee for each certificate (unless within one month of registration) + £28.00 (per item) expedited service charge and can be collected or posted 1st class 'recorded signed for' = £38.00

For persons who need a certificate urgently. Same working day collection, or 1st class delivery if the application is received by 3.00pm. Certificate will need to be signed for at the point of delivery. Packages will be insured against loss in transit. Please note that the £38.00 fee is the same whether certificates are posted out or collected in person

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.

Notes

The General Register Office for England and Wales also 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.

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.

Useful Links

Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldy hold an online database for the West Midlands Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Black Country Connections - Family history within the Black country

General Register Office for England and Wales

General Register Office in Scotland

General Register Office for Northern Ireland

General Register Office for Republic of Ireland

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?

Contact Dudley Citizenship & Registration Services online or telephone 01384 815373. Please note our lines are quieter in the afternoons.