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If the event took place in the Dudley Borough you can apply to us for a certificate. We hold registers for births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths that occurred from 1st July 1837 to the present day. For events that took place elsewhere you will need to apply to the relevant register office.

Please complete the on-line application form. This is the quickest and easiest way to order a certificate. This service requires an online payment. After you submit your form you will be taken to our secure payment facility to pay for the requested service.

You should read the fees and services information below before starting your on-line application to enable you to decide which service you require. We offer a standard 5 day service and a priority same-day service. For added security and peace of mind, we post all our certificates by Royal Mail 'signed for 1st class' service. Royal Mail aims to deliver the next working day, but this is not guaranteed and deliveries can take longer.

Standard fees and service

Standard service - £11 per certificate plus £5.50 processing and postage fee per application.

Applications will be processed within five working days, however please allow up to ten working days for family history certificates.  For added security and peace of mind, certificates are sent by Royal Mail 'signed for 1st class' service which aims to deliver the next working day.

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 fees and service

Same-day service - £35 per certificate

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

Applications received after 12 noon will be processed the next working day.

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

Your application

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 and daytime contact number in your application in case we need to contact you to discuss your application.

Alternatively you can post your application to Dudley Register Office, Priory Hall, Priory Park, Dudley DY1 4EU.  You will need to include a cheque or postal order as payment for the 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 note that we are unable to accept third party cheques.

When using the on-line application form, please take a note of 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) certificate.  A short birth certificate only shows the name, date and district of birth; a full (standard) birth certificate shows all of the information recorded in the registration including parents' details.

Certificates outside of Dudley Borough

For events that did not take place in Dudley Borough you will need to contact the relevant register office for the district where the event occurred.

If you are unsure whether the event occurred in Dudley Registration District on-line indexes for Dudley Borough records are available here to assist you.

Adoption Certificates

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 in place of a birth certificate.

Data Protection

We will use the data you provide for the sole purpose of this application.  Your personal details will be retained for 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.

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.


The easiest way to contact us is by email at If you prefer to speak to us, please telephone 01384 815373.  Please note our lines tend to be quieter in afternoons, however if we are not able to answer your call you will be diverted to Dudley Council Plus who may be able to help you, and if not, they will take a message so we can call you back.