BASIC (08-05)

GN 00312.418 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Vital Statistics Records

A. Procedure – General

International coupons are not accepted as payment for vital statistics records.

B. Procedure – Channel Islands

1. Guernsey

a. Birth, Marriage, Adoption, Divorce and Death Records

  1. Office to Contact
    The Greffe Office
    Royal Court House
    St. Peter Port
    Guernsey GY1 2PB
    Channel Islands
    Telephone: 011-44-1481-725277

  2. Fee

    • Birth, Marriage Adoption and Death Records: Long Form - 5.00 Pounds; Short Form Birth and Adoption Records: 3.00 pounds;

    • Divorce Record:  15 pounds

      15.00 pounds

    Payment must be by international money order payable to “States of Guernsey.”

2. Jersey

a. Birth, Marriage, Adoption and Death Records

  1. Office to Contact

    The Superintendent Registrar

    States Building

    10 Royal Square

    St. Helier

    Jersey JE2 4WA

    Channel Islands

    Telephone:   011-44-1534-502335

  2. Fee

    10.00 Pounds

    Include an additional 1.00 pound for postage and handling.

    Payment by international money order payable to “Treasurer of the States.”

b. Divorce Records

  1. Office to Contact

    Royal Court House
    Family Division
    Royal Square
    St. Helier
    Jersey JE1 1JE
    Channel Islands
    Telephone: 011-44-1534-502300

  2. Fee

    No fee.

C. Procedure – England and Wales

Website: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/registration/n/

1. Birth, Marriage, Adoption and Death Records

Separate registers are maintained of the births of adopted children. Thus, if the individual whose birth certificate is being requested is adopted, this must be shown in the request.

a. Office to Contact

General Register Office

P.O. Box 2

Southport

Merseyside PR8 2JD

England

Telephone number: 011-44-151-471-4800

Certificates can also be requested by telephone, fax or e-mail with payment by credit or debit card. Only VISA, MASTER CARD, SWITCH, SOLO AND DELTA are accepted.

Telephone requests can be made by calling: 011-44-870-243-7788. Fax requests can be made to: 011-44-1704-550013.

b. Fee

  • Birth, Marriage and Death Certificate: Long or Short Form, 11.50 pounds (3 week processing time); 27.50 pounds for urgent requests (processed in 2 days).

  • Adoption Records: Long Form - 11.50 Pounds

Payment must be by international money order payable to “ONS.”

2. Divorce Records

The Divorce Registry recommends that all requests be sent in writing. Include the following identifying information with the request:

  • Names of both parties;

  • Date of decree;

  • Place of divorce; and

  • Case number.

a. Office to Contact

Divorce Registry

First Avenue House

42-49 High Holborn

London WC1V 6NP

England

Telephone: 011-44-20-7947-6000

b. Fee

1 Pound - If all the identifying data is not known and a search is necessary, there is an additional 20.00 pound fee for each 10-year period searched.

Payment must be by international money order in pounds sterling payable to “H.M. Paymaster General.”

D. Procedure – Isle of Man

1. Birth, Marriage, Adoption and Death Records

a. Office to Contact

The Civil Registry

Registry's Building

Buch's Road

Douglas

Isle of Man IM1 3AR

Telephone number: 011-44-1624-687-039

b. Fee

  • Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates:Full Copy - 5.95 Pounds; Short Form Birth Certificate - 5.00 Pounds

  • Adoption Records: 5.95 Pounds

Payment must be by international money order payable to “Isle of Man Government.”

2. Divorce Records

a. Office to Contact

The Isle of Man Courts of Justice

Deemsters Walk

Douglas

Isle of Man 1M1 3AR

Telephone number, Court House (divorce records only): 011-44-1624-685-265

b. Fee

1.20 Pounds  

If a search must be made because the year of the event is not known, there is an additional charge of 3.00 pounds for each additional year searched.

Payment must be by international money order payable to “Isle of Man Government.”

E. Procedure – Northern Ireland

1. Birth, Marriage, Adoption and Death Records

Website: http://www.groni.gov.uk/

Original records for persons born in what is now Northern Ireland before 1922 are maintained in Belfast. The General Register Office in Dublin contains duplicates of these records. Certificates from either source are acceptable primary evidence of age for persons born before 1922 for Social Security purposes.

a. Office to Contact - Event Occurred Before 1997

  • Registrar General's Office

    Oxford House

    49-55 Chichester Street

    Belfast BT1 4HL

    Northern Ireland  

    Telephone number: 011-44-2890-270274

    Telephone number (Adoption records): 011-44-2890-252000

b. Office to Contact - Event Occurred After 1996

Council office where event occurred

If the council office is not known, the Registrar General's office can assist in identifying it.

c. Fee

  • Birth and Adoption Records: Full and short copy: 9.00 Pounds.

  • Marriage and Death Certificates: 9.00 Pounds;  

Include an additional 1 pound for postage and handling.

Payment must be by international money order payable to “Registrar General.”

2. Divorce Records

Include the court reference number with the request for divorce records. If this number is not known, provide as much information as possible about the parties and the date and place of marriage.

a. Office to Contact

Probate and Matrimonial Office
The Family Division
Royal Courts of Justice
Belfast BT1 3JF
Northern Ireland

Telephone number: 011-44-2890-235111

b. Fee

5.50 pounds per record if the request includes the court reference number.

If the court reference number is not known, the cost is 5.50 pounds for the search and 5.50 pounds for the certificate.  
Include 5.50 pounds for postage and handling for each certificate requested.

Payment must be by international money order payable to “Inland Revenue.”

F. Procedure – Scotland

Website: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/registration/

1. Birth, Marriage, Adoption and Death Records

a. Office to Contact

General Registry Office
New Register House
Edinburgh EH1 3YT
Scotland
Telephone number: 011-44-131-3340380

b. Fee

13.00 Pounds 

Payment must be by international money order payable to “Registrar General.”

2. Divorce Records

a. Office to Contact - Divorce Before May 1, 1984:

Extracts Department
Court of Session
11 Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RQ
Scotland
Telephone number: 011-44-131-225-2595

b. Office to Contact - Divorce After April 30, 1984

Same as shown for birth records in GN 00312.418F.1.

c. Fee

  1. Divorce Before May 1, 1984: 15.00 Pounds per certificate

    Payment must be by international money order payable to “The Scottish Court Service.”

  2. Divorce After April 30, 1984: 13.00 Pounds


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GN 00312.418 - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Vital Statistics Records - 08/26/2005
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:08/26/2005