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 information:

  • 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 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.

Fees

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 Diners.

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 address below.

Overseas applicants

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.

Also available

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 forms

How to contact us

Tower Hamlets Register Office
Bromley Public Hall
Bow Road
London
E3 3AA

Tel: 020 7364 7880 / 7884
Fax: 020 7364 7885

Email: register.office@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Download map to register office (Word doc, 411k)

Walk-in and appointments system

The hours of availability for births/deaths registrations and notifications of marriage/civil partnership will be the following:

Monday to Friday:

  1. Walk-in service - 9.30am to 11.30am
  2. 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 (Wednesday)

Further information

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