Copies of certificates

Copy certificates online

We hold records of births, deaths, marraiges and civil partnerships that have taken place in Tower Hamlets since 1837. All requests are to be made online via our portal. We keep a search fee if we cannot find your entry. If this is the case, you can apply through the GRO.

  • All standard requests are processed within five working days.
  • Priority requests received before 4pm are processed before 4pm the next working day. We process requests Monday to Friday each week (except bank holidays).
  • You will be notified via email when your certificate is ready for collection or sent out for delivery.
  • Certificates will be sent folded in A5 envelopes. If you would like them in A4 hardbacked envelopes, you will be required to pay for special delivery, which will allow you to be refunded if they do not arrive but also track the location as they are being posted.
  • Certificates are held for collection for a maximum of 6 months and then destroyed to comply with GDPR. No refund or exchange will be provided for an uncollected certificate.

Please visit our fees page for information on costs and our terms and conditions page for information on refunds.

Certificates are sent out via standard postage for free. If the certificate goes missing in the post, you will need to pay for a new one. We also offer tracked and international postage.

Payment for certificates must be made at the time of the request. Refunds will not be issued if your certificate is lost in standard post or if the details do not match what you expect.

 Order a copy certificate



Marriage Certificates

If you have had a legal religious ceremony in Tower Hamlets, you will need to order a copy of your marriage certificate by accessing the 'order a copy certificate' option.

Islamic ceremonies that took place without legal preliminaries at a Register Office are not in scope of this. 

Form errors

If you get an error message whilst using the online form, please email our team with your:

  • name
  • telephone number
  • reason for search
  • relationship to the person on the certificate and
  • as many details on the certificate as possible.

You may be asked to fill in a form. A fee will then be collected over the telephone before processing your request.