Who can apply for a certificate

Births

You can apply for your own birth certificate. Other people who can apply are:

  • a child’s parent
  • a person’s child
  • a child’s legal guardian – non-parent guardians must provide evidence
  • the person’s current partner – evidence of the relationship must be provided
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence of authority must be provided
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney – evidence of authority must be provided

Pre-adoption birth records are open to the child with authorisation under Section 80 of the Adoption Act 1988 (form 17)

Anyone can access a birth record more than 100 years old.

Change of name

You can apply for your own change of name certificate. Other people who can apply are:

  • a child’s parent
  • a person’s child
  • a child’s legal guardian – non-parent guardians must provide evidence
  • the person’s current partner – evidence of the relationship must be provided
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence of authority must be provided
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney – evidence of authority must be provided

Anyone can access a birth record more than 100 years old.

Deaths

You can apply for a death certificate if you are the deceased person’s:

  • parent
  • child
  • partner - evidence of the relationship must be provided
  • legal guardian - non-parent guardians must provide evidence
  • executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence must be provided
  • power of attorney or have written consent to act on the person’s behalf – evidence must be provided

Anyone can access a death record more than 25 years old.

Marriages and relationships

You can apply for your own marriage or relationship certificate. Other people who can apply are:

  • a child of the couple
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence of authority must be provided
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney – evidence of authority must be provided

Anyone can access a marriage or relationship record more than 75 years old.

Certificates and information may also be supplied to:

  • Solicitors and lawyers acting on behalf of an eligible person or if a certificate is required for court purposes
  • Welfare agencies
  • Law Enforcement agencies
  • Consular offices
  • Medical organisations

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis and the Registrar can make decisions on unusual cases that may not be detailed above.

If you need more details, contact Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Updated: 16th October 2018