Before you start
The Oxfordshire Registration Service holds records of births, deaths, marriages, and civil partnerships that have taken place in Oxfordshire since 1 July 1837. We can only provide certificates for events that happened in Oxfordshire.
If the birth, death, marriage, or civil partnership occurred outside Oxfordshire, you will need to find the register office for the area where the event took place to order copies of the certificate with them directly.
- You will need your bank card details to pay for your certificates online.
Payment and delivery
Standard Service: The cost of each certificate is £11 including 2nd class postage. We will dispatch the certificate within 15 working days of receiving your order, Monday to Friday (excluding bank and public holidays).
Priority Service: The cost of each certificate is £35 including 1st class postage. We will dispatch the certificate within one working day of receiving your order if ordered before 2.30pm, or within two working days if ordered after 2.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank and public holidays). Please note, we are unable to offer the priority service for Marriages and Civil Partnerships that took place less than 21 days ago.
All certificates are sent by Royal Mail. We cannot guarantee Royal Mail's delivery times as these are subject to their own working practices.
Once the certificates leave this office, we cannot be held responsible for the time it takes to reach your address. For up-to-date postage times please check Royal Mail website.
How to apply for a marriage or civil partnership certificate
To apply for a certified copy of a marriage or civil partnership record we need to know:
- full names of both parties at the time of the marriage / civil partnership
- date of the marriage / civil partnership ceremony (the priority service is not available where the ceremony has taken place in the last 21 days)
- name of the marriage / civil partnership venue
Marriage and civil partnership certificates can only be issued by a Register Office or the General Register Office.
How to apply for a birth certificate
To apply for a full certified copy of a birth record we need to know:
- full name of the child (as registered at birth)
- date of birth
- Place of birth (such as hospital or home address)
- Parents’ names (as shown on the original registration)
A full birth certificate contains all the information recorded in the original birth register including mother and father's details (where recorded). This certificate is required for official purposes such as passport and driving licence applications, and for many insurance, employment, pension, and salary requirements. Birth certificates are not evidence of identity.
If a person was adopted, the original birth certificate can no longer be used for official use, such as a passport application. To obtain the legal birth/adoption record contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837.
How to apply for a death certificate
To apply for a certified copy of a death record we need to know:
- the deceased's full name
- the date of birth or age at death
- the date of death
- the place of death