Certificate copies

Get a certificate for a birth, marriage or death that happened in Essex.


Service over Christmas 2019

Copies of certificates of births, marriages and deaths registered in Essex can be ordered from the Essex Record Office.

Over the Christmas period, you will still be able to use our standard service (usually 15 working days), but it may be slightly slower than normal.

In order to guarantee that a standard application is processed before Christmas, please submit it by noon on Wednesday 3rd December.

Our Priority service will be suspended over the Christmas period and no orders will be processed between noon on the Tuesday 23rd December and Monday 30th December.

For Priority orders to be processed before Christmas, please submit your order by noon on Friday 19th December. Any orders received after this will not be processed until Monday 30th December.

What we can and can't supply

We can give you certificates for births, marriages and deaths that happened:

  • in the area administered by Essex County Council, and
  • from 1 July 1837.

We can’t give you certificates for births, marriages and deaths that happened:

We can't supply marriage certificates where a same sex civil partnership has been converted into a marriage. Please contact The Essex Registration Service directly

We can’t supply certificates to people outside the UK. Try the General Register Office.


Records of adoptions

Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the Registrar General. For adoption certificates please contact GRO adoptions at the General Register Office or by telephoning 0300 123 1837.


How much does it cost and how long will it take?

From 12pm on Friday 15th February 2019 our prices and timescales will be as follows. These prices are determined by the General Register Office for England and Wales.


How long will it take

(These figures do not include delivery time)


Standard Service

We will produce your certificate within fifteen working days*


Priority Service

We will produce your certificate within one working day* (i.e. 24 hours)


 *Our working days are Monday-Friday. If an order is placed outside of working hours we will begin processing it from 9am on the next working day.



Postage and Collection

 Once your certificate has been produced, it will be posted to you. Please remember to allow extra time for your certificate to arrive in the post.

You can choose from:

Free  -  Priority orders are sent 1st class and Standard orders are sent 2nd class.

£7.00 -  Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

We will not be held responsible for post that does not arrive. Orders over £50 should be collected or sent Special Delivery Guaranteed.


Alternatively, you can collect your certificate from our office in Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm or Friday 9am-4pm. We are closed on bank holidays.

Please select your preferred option when placing your order.


Can I order more than one certificate?

 You can use our online form to order up to 10 certificates. You will only pay once for postage and packaging.


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