Copy certificates

Apply for a copy certificate for a birth, marriage, civil partnership or death that was registered in Solihull.

Copy Certificates Service Suspended

Due to COVID-19, we will not be issuing copy Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Partnership certificates until further notice

All pre-ordered certificates will be delivered by post:

  • standard certificates will be sent second class
  • priority certificates will be sent first class

General Register Office

You can order a copy of a birth, adoption, death, or marriage certificate in England and Wales with the General Register Office (GRO).

Applications for Birth, Death, Adoptions and Civil Partnerships registered within the last 6 months (for marriages this period is extended to 18 months) cannot be made online.

Apply by telephone

Call 0121 704 8002 and pay using a credit/debit card.

What Information do I need to provide?

  • the type of certificate you are seeking: birth, marriage, civil partnership or death
  • the name or names the certificate applies to
  • the date of the event (If the actual year is unknown we can search up to two years either side of the year provided)
  • the place of the event (Solihull has more than 50 places where people can have a civil marriage/partnership, therefore it is not always possible to search all registers where the place is not specified)
  • any other relevant information that may help us to locate the certificate

Fees and how long it will take

The cost of a certificate is £11.

At the time of your booking you can choose to either:

Your certificate will be posted or ready for collection after 7 working days.

We are not liable for any certificates that are delayed or lost in the post. If your posted certificate does not arrive you will be required to purchase a replacement.

Priority service

Our priority service costs £35.

If you order before 1.30pm your certificate will be ready on the same day for either:

If you order after 1.30pm your certificate will be ready on the next working day.

We cannot guarantee the priority service or a refund of the administration costs if the information we receive is inaccurate or insufficient for us to issue the certificate.

Corrections following initial Registration

Sometimes, information on a birth, marriage or death certificate is incorrect.

The government's website gives information on how to get a birth, marriage or death certificate corrected.

Please note that only mistakes, and not changes, can be amended on original certificates, such as spelling mistakes in names. Charges for correcting a mistake on a certificate are as follows:

  • New or additional forename or forename(s) given to a child within 12 months after the registration of the birth: £40.00
  • Correction of a birth or death entry not referred to the Registrar General: £75.00
  • Correction of a birth, death or marriage entry referred to the Registrar General: £90.00

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