Certificate copies

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

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 civil partnership certificates or 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 24 hours (i.e. one working day)*




 *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 particularly at the moment as Royal Mail are unable to guarantee delivery timescales.

You can choose from:

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

£7.00 -  Royal Mail Special Delivery

If you have chosen to collect your certificate, we will contact you when the certificate is ready to collect.

We will not be held responsible for post that does not arrive. All statutory fees for certificates are non-refundable. We recommend that orders over £50 should be collected or sent Special Delivery Guaranteed.

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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