Obtaining a Birth Certificate

This section of the website is focused on obtaining a birth certificate, it covers:


  • Basics

  • Why do I need it?

  • How do I get one?

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A birth certificate is a document that records your birth.  It contains information such as where you were born, the name given to you at birth and your mother’s name. It is usually a large sheet of paper. You can get a copy if you lose your birth certificate as the details are held in a central office in England.


Why do I need it?


You need a birth certificate to obtain other forms of identification.  You need a birth certificate to obtain a driving licence and a passport. It will make your life easier if you have one.


How do I get one?


If your birth was registered in the UK, you need to register on the General Register Office (GRO) website.  You will need to pay to obtain a certificate.

The direct link to order a birth certificate is below.


The costs for obtaining a birth certificate can vary. You can ask your social worker to help pay for the cost of obtaining the birth certificate.