Get a copy of a certificate
Due to extensive building works underway at BCP Civic Centre, the Bournemouth area Registrars team will be temporarily relocated, with limited access to their files.
Copy certificates will take up to 7 working days from the point of order and we will be unable to offer our Express service from the Bournemouth office.
You can still order copies of certificates from the General Register Office during this time.
How to order a copy of a certificate
If the event happened in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area you can order online
If you are unable to complete the online form, you can purchase copies of certificates by telephoning the register office where the event took place.
Our standard service costs £11, and certificates will be issued within 5 working days from the point of order and sent by second class post.
Our express service costs £35, and certificates will be issued within 1 working day from the point of order and sent by first class post.
For events that happened outside of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
If you need a certificate for a registration that occurred outside of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, please contact the register office for the district where the event took place.
Alternatively you can contact the General Register Office.
Please note that in cases where historical entries are requested, it can take up to 2 working days to locate the entry and process the orders.
Certificates are usually posted no later than next working day.
Express collection certificates are usually available within the hour (if ordered no later than 3:30pm Monday to Thursday and 3pm on Friday).
Records of adoption in England and Wales since 1 January 1927 are kept by the Registrar General.
A standard certificate is a full copy of the entry in the Adopted Children Register which, instead of details of parentage and birth registration, gives the date of birth (if known) and particulars of the adoption and adoptive parents.
A short certificate shows only the name and has no reference to adoption.
Applications for Adoption Certificates should be made in writing to:
General Register Office
Alternatively, you can call them 0300 123 1837.