Get a copy of a certificate

Copies of birth, marriage, civil partnership and death certificates are available from Camden Register Office - if the event took place in the present London Borough of Camden or the former registration districts of St Pancras or Hampstead. We also cover parts of the former Holborn district which was divided between Camden and Islington. Our records held cover from 1837 up to the present day.

Please note that due to our office move from August 2018 we are unable to produce certificates pre 1940.  If you require a certificate for pre 1940 you will need to contact the General Register Office (GRO) to order it.  They can be contacted at 0300 123 1837.

If you wish to obtain a marriage certificate, please note that we may not have some church or other religious institution registers (even if the institution was located in Camden). This is because we are only provided with the records after the institution completes a full register book of approximately 250 marriages which in some cases takes years.

How do I apply?

  • apply in person at the Camden Register Office for the express certificate production service
  • apply online if the event you require the certificate for was registered more than three months ago

    Apply online

  • apply by telephone for duplicate certificate requests when the original registration was less than three months ago or if you are obtaining certificates for the first time following a declaration appointment in a different district or a coroner's inquest case

Fees for certificates

One of three statutory prices will apply for your requested certificate:

  • £4.00 each at the time of registration or first opportunity to obtain the certificate
  • £7.00 each for when your entry is held in an incomplete register by the registrar often lasting approximately 1-3 months from the time of registration
  • £10.00 each for duplicate certificates issued by the superintendent registrar when the entry was created more than 1-3 months ago
  • Download: Certificate fees (PDF)

Express certificate production service

What does the service offer?

If you want a certificate urgently you can choose this service. We will treat your application as a priority above other applications and start to work on it straight away.

We would produce the certificate as soon as possible, usually on the same day (excluding pre 1940 entries). Please note that some  certificates may take longer if they are older as the indexes take more time to search for the correct entry.

If you place an order before 12noon it will be ready by 4pm on the same day but if it is after 12noon then it will be ready by 4pm on the next working day. 

How much does the service cost?

The express service costs £18 for each seperate entry on top of the statutory price of the certificate and postage (you can select normal postage or next day special delivery). This is regardless of number of copies for the same entry, but excluding pre-1940 certificates.

When can I use the service?

If you wish to apply online for the express service, please note that the cut-off time is 12noon for the same day service and this will be ready by 4pm. If we receive your application after 12noon your certificate will be ready by 4pm on the next working day.

Please ensure you leave the correct telephone number on your express application, as we will call you to let you know when it is ready for collection. Alternatively, if you would like us to post your certificate, we will ensure it is posted to you by 4pm (normally first class post) on the same day that you apply unless you pay for special delivery. 

Do I have to use the service?

No - you can order your certificate without paying the express fee. In such cases your certificates will be processed within 7 days (often sooner) and we can either post them to you by 1st class mail or you can collect them from our offices.

Historic search

Please note that historic searches will not be available from August 2018 due to the registration service moving out of the Town Hall to Crowndale Centre. Only certificates from post 1940 can be ordered from August 2018.

Obtaining certificates from the General Register Office

If you prefer, a certificate can be obtained from the General Registrar Office, quoting their full reference (Year, Quarter, Volume and Page):  If the entry you are looking for is pre-1940 you will need to contact the general register office to place an order.

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