Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates
Important customer notice
The law is changing
Please be aware that the law is changing and that with effect
from March 2, 2015, the statutory period between placing your
notice of marriage and the marriage taking place is being increased
from 16 days to 29 days for EEA nationals and 71 days for non-EEA
Further information regarding notices of marriage and civil
partnership can also be found here on the
Should you have further enquires, please do not hesitate to
contact us on 020 7364 7880.
If you wish to obtain a copy of a certificate
for a birth, marriage or death that was registered in Tower
Hamlets, you may apply by telephone, in person or download one of
the online forms below and post it to our office.
To get a copy of a certificate for a birth,
marriage or death, you will need to provide the following
- which certificate you
require – that is, for a birth, marriage or death
- the name or names the
certificate applies to
- the date of the event -
if this is not possible then at least the year and the monthly
- the district in which the event took
- if applying for a birth
certificate, include the parents details including the mother’s
- any other relevant
information that may help locate the certificate
A short birth certificate shows the person’s
name, sex, date of birth and registration district of birth. The
standard or full birth certificate – which is needed when applying
for a passport and/or other forms of ID also shows place of
birth, parents names and occupations.
A list of all our fees can be found on
the Register Office fees page.
Applying in person
Cheques are acceptable over the counter on production of a
cheque guarantee card.
Applying by telephone
To apply by telephone please have your
debit/credit card details ready. We accept all major
credit/debit cards with the exception of American Express and
Special Next Day delivery
If you require a certificate urgently we can send it to you via
Royal Mail Special Next Day delivery - this will cost an additional
£8. Please ask for further information.
Applying by post
You may make a postal application enclosing
either a covering note or a downloadable application form giving
the details of the certificate.
All postal applications should be sent to the
Overseas applicants need to send their
payment by cash in UK pounds sterling by registered post if
possible, or send a cheque drawn up in pounds sterling.
International applicants will be required to
pay £10 in addition to the cost of the certificate and service
requested to cover postage by International Tracked and Signed
For service provided by Royal Mail.
Royal Mail International Track and
Signed For service includes:
- Full end to end tracking, signature taken
on delivery and online delivery confirmation
- Priority handling in the UK and
- Ideal for sending important letters or
Please apply by post and include a stamped
addressed envelope, if you do not wish to pay an additional £10 for
the International Tracked and Signed for service.
Please note: for applications made on
Friday, the certificate will not be posted until the following
A certificate cannot be issued until payment
has been received. Cheques or postal orders should be made
payable to London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Family Tree Scrolls are also available
Download a form
To apply for a copy of a certificate for a
birth, marriage or death, please download one of the following
How to contact us
Tower Hamlets Register Office
Bromley Public Hall
Tel: 020 7364 7880 / 7884
Fax: 020 7364 7885
View our opening hours
Download map to
register office (Word doc, 411k)