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Birth, death or marriage certificates

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The Surrey Registration Service has records of every birth, death, marriage and civil partnership that has taken place in Surrey since 1 July 1837. Prices start from £11.

Types of certificates

Birth certificates

To apply for a full certified copy of a birth record we need to know:

  • full name of the child (as registered at birth)
  • date of birth
  • Place of birth (eg, hospital, home address)
  • parents names (as shown on the original registration)

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A full birth certificate contains all the information recorded in the original birth register including mother and father's details (where recorded). This certificate is required for official purposes such as passport and driving licence applications, and for many insurance, employment, pension and salary requirements. Birth certificates are not evidence of identity.

If a person was adopted, the original birth certificate can no longer be used for official use, such as a passport application. To obtain the legal birth/adoption record contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837.

Death certificates

To apply for a certified copy of a death record we need to know:

  • the deceased's full name
  • their date of death
  • where the person died

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Marriage certificates

To apply for a certified copy of a marriage record we need to know:

  • full names of the bride and groom
  • date of the marriage ceremony (the priority service is not available where the marriage ceremony has taken place in the last 10 days)
  • name of the wedding venue

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Churches keep their own registers until they are full and then they are passed to Guildford register office. Please check with the church first before applying.

Civil partnership certificates

Currently it is not possible to order civil partnership certificates online.

Please contact Guildford Register Office for information on how to obtain a certified copy.

Delivery options and prices

Royal Mail advertises that first class post takes one to two days to arrive.

Please note: Once the certificates have been collected from our office by Royal Mail they are in their custody. Therefore, we are unable to refund or reissue any replacement certificates should they fail to be delivered.

Standard service

  • We will search our records and dispatch your certificate within 15 working days of receiving your order, Monday to Friday (excluding bank and public holidays).
Delivery methodCost
Post first class to a UK address. £11
Post first class to a European/Overseas address (includes £1 extra postal charge). £12
Collect from Guildford Register Office however, there is no difference in the cost.
You will be telephoned when the certificate is ready for collection. Please do not arrive at Guildford Register Office until you have been contacted, as the certificate will not be ready for you to pick up.
£11

Priority service

We will search our records and produce your certificate within 24 hours of receiving your order, Monday to Friday (excluding bank and public holidays).

Please note, the priority service is not available for a marriage certificate where the ceremony has taken place in the last 10 days.

Delivery methodCost
Post first class to a UK address. £35
Post first class to a European/Overseas address (includes £1 extra postal charge). £36
Collect from Guildford Register Office however, there is no difference in the cost.
You will be telephoned when the certificate is ready for collection. Please do not arrive at Guildford Register Office until you have been contacted, as the certificate will not be ready for you to pick up.
£35

Cost of additional copies

If you order more than one copy of an individual register entry, the additional copies will be charged as above.

Please note that if you do not send the correct amount with your certificate application, we will be unable to process your order which will result in a delay in you receiving your certificate.

Other methods of applying

It's quicker and easier to apply online but you are still able to apply by post, telephone, or in person:

  • By post: This facility is for both standard and priority services. Write to us or print the relevant form from the bottom of this page. Send your application with the appropriate fee (see above for details). Postal orders should be made payable to Surrey County Council and posted to: Guildford Register Office, Artington House, 42 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4DZ.
    Please note we do not accept payment by cheque.
  • By telephone: Please contact us with the details of the certificate you require together with your card details and they will be forwarded to Guildford Register Office for processing. Both the standard and priority services are available through this method.
  • In person: At Guildford Register Office only. You can drop off your application in person for processing, 9.40am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Payment can be made by debit/credit card or cash and will be taken when you drop off your application.

The areas we do not cover

Records before 1 July 1837

Events before the 1 July 1837 may have been recorded in church baptismal, marriage and burial registers. The Surrey History Centre holds many local parish records and there are some other useful contacts on our family history page.

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