Certificates and copies

Following the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak, our online certificate ordering service for urgent requests is only available on the website from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm each day, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. You will not be able to order a certificate outwith these times.

Owing to the very high level of demand for urgent certificates, and the limited service we are able to provide at this time, our normal target despatch time of 15 working days may not always be met. This is also the reason why our priority service is not available.

Please take a moment to determine whether to order an official certificate (extract) or a copy of the record entry in the form of a digital image.

Certificates (Extracts)

A certificate (also known as an extract) is an officially certified paper copy of a register entry.

Can be used for:

  • Applying for a passport
  • Applying for a driving licence
  • Employment

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Order online

You can search for and order certificates online.

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This is a copy of the record entry in the form of a digital image, which cannot be used for legal or official purposes, only for research.

Can be used for:

  • Family tree
  • Genealogical research

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