Apply for a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate

Apply online to order a copy of a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate.

How this service has been affected by coronavirus

Our certificate production office is closed and we can only supply certificates for deaths which occurred after 1 March 2020 unless an inquest was held and births which occurred after 1 January 2020. For urgent requests before these dates try the GRO website. We are not currently supplying certificates for marriage or civil partnership.

Before you start

  • You can only apply online if you are in the UK. 
  • We can only provide certificates for events that happened in Oxfordshire.
  • You will need your bank card details to pay for your certificates online.
Certificates can only be ordered for deaths that have occurred after 1 March 2020 unless an inquest was held. Certificates can only be ordered for births that occurred after 1 January 2020. If you want to collect your certificate at the birth registration, you will need to order them at least 24 hours before the appointment.

What to do if you live overseas

Births before 1 January 2020 and ceremony certificate orders are suspended until further notice.

To order certificates for deaths which happened after 1 March 2020, overseas customers should call 00 44 345 241 2489 (Monday to Thursday, 9am-4.30pm (GMT+1) and Friday, 9am-4pm). You can pay over the phone and discuss delivery times.

Where the event occurred

If you are looking for a certificate for a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership that happened outside the county, you will need to find the register office for the district where the event took place to order copies of a certificate. 

Payment and delivery

The service costs £11 per certificate copy, including postage. You will need your bank card details to pay when you order your certificates online. Delivery takes up to 11 working days - please note, we cannot guarantee Royal Mail's own delivery times as these are subject to their own working practices.

Apply for a birth certificate

Because of the current pandemic, certificates can only be ordered for births that happened after 1 January 2020. You need to have booked a registration appointment first.

For children born before this date please try the GRO website

What you need to tell us

A birth certificate will include parents' names.

You will need to specify:

  • at least the month and year of the date of birth
  • place of birth
  • full name of the child
  • full name of at least one parent.

Certificate ordering

There are two ways of getting your child’s birth certificate if they were born after 1 January 2020.  

If you want your certificate to be given to you at the birth registration appointment

If you booked your appointment online, please place your order for the certificates you need using the link below.  You must do this at least 24 hours before your appointment. 

If you booked by telephone, payment will have been taken by the call operator when they booked your appointment. Please bring the certificate receipt or reference number (CAN number) to the appointment with you.

If you want your certificate to be posted to you after the registration appointment

Please call 0345 241 2489 or use the link below to place an order after your appointment.  Certificates will be posted out to you within 11 working days.

Please note we cannot take payments for certificates at the registration appointment.  Order must be placed at least 24 hours before or at any point afterwards.

Adoptive birth certificates

Order and pay for a copy of a birth certificate online

How to apply for a death certificate

We can only accept requests for certificates for deaths which occurred after 1 March 2020. 

What you need to tell us

You will need to specify:

  • at least the month and year of death
  • the date of birth or age at death
  • the place of death
  • the full name of the deceased.

Order and pay for a copy of a death certificate online

If we cannot find your certificate

If we cannot find your certificate, we will contact you to refund your payment.

Frequently asked questions

I am researching family history. How far back do your records go?

Civil registration started in 1837. For entries before this date you will need to search parish records. Oxfordshire Record Office may be able to help.

How many certificates can I order?

It is possible to order up to 50 certificates in one order. You can order as many different types of certificates as you need. 

Records for civil marriages

We hold all the civil marriage records for Oxfordshire from 1 July 1837 at the Oxford register office (if the marriage took place in a register office, approved venue or if a registrar was present at the wedding).

If the marriage was recently registered, the register may be held at the Oxford office or may still be with the Registrar who registered the marriage.

Marriages in church or place of worship

We hold records for registers which have been filled and left with us. 

Some registers (including those dating back to 1837 from some of the smaller parishes) are still current and remain in the custody of the local church. If we do not hold the entry we will tell you.