Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates
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
- the date of the event - if this is
not possible then at least the year and the monthly quarter
- the district in which the event took place
- if applying for a birth certificate, include
the parents details including the mother’s maiden name
- 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.
Applying in person
Marriage, death and full birth certificates will
£15 - Priority same day service -
approximate waiting time is 20 minutes
£11 - Post to customer next working day service (first class
£10 - Collect next working day service
£11 - Postal application
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
Telephone applications are treated as a
priority service. Fees for all certificates will cost £15 per
certificate. The cost of the certificates includes postage and
packaging. Please allow 5 working days for first class Royal Mail
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.
For a marriage, death or short/full birth
certificate, please send us a cheque or postal order for £10,
together with a stamped self-addressed envelope.
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.
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 - £5 each or Childrens Family Tree
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
Download map to
register office (Word doc, 411k)
New Walk-in and appointments system
From Monday 3 June 2013 we will be offering a new service
combining appointments and a walk-in service.
The hours of availability for Births/Deaths registrations and
notifications of Marriage/Civil Partnership will be the
Monday to Friday:
- Walk-in service - 9.30am to 11.30am
- Appointments - 2pm to 4.30pm
You do not need an appointment to register a death; please
enquire if you would like to book one.
Please note that your appointment will be rescheduled if you are
more than five minutes late.
The Register Office will be closed between 12.30pm to 1.30pm
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and 11.30am to 2pm
We will be booking appointments from Thursday 30 May –
please call 020 7364 7880 for further details.