Bank holiday closure

Tower Hamlets Register Office is closed on Monday 26 August 2019. For urgent (same day burials) please call 07946 390 834 between 9am and 4pm. We will be open as usual from Tuesday 27 August. More information can be found on the sudden death page.

Copies of 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 on this page 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.

Fees

A list of all our fees can be found on the Register Office fees page.

Applying in person

You may attend at our offices during our opening hours to make an application in person. Please download, print and complete the application form prior to attending at our offices. 

A list of all our fees can be found on the Register Office fees page.

You certificate will be ready to collect in 5 working days, or the next working day, depending on the application fee paid.

Applying by telephone

We are unable to accept applications by telephone. In order to apply for a certificate by telephone, please contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837.

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 Tower Hamlets Register Office, Bromley Public Hall, Bow Road, London, E3 3AA. Please enclose a cheque or postal order with your application made payable to London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Please ensure you include a copy of the sender's address with the application.

Overseas applicants

Please contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837.

Download a form

To apply for a copy of a certificate for a birth, marriage or death, please download one of the following forms

Family history applications

Please note that the register office does not process family history applications. Please visit the General Register Office for this.

Further information

  • The FreeBMD database
  • Ancestry.co.uk
  • Family search