Get a copy of a certificate
If the event happened in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area
If the event happened in Bournemouth or Christchurch you can order online
If the event happened in Poole, or 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 15 working days by second class post.
Our express service costs £35, and certificates will be issued within 24 hours 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.