Accepted for all legal purposes
Duplicate British Birth Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:
- Bank accounts
- Social Security
- Employer ID
- Driving licence
- Visas & Immigration
When you need a UK Birth Certificate quickly...
There are times when you need a copy of a birth certificate and time is of the essence. This is especially true if you need the certificate to be sent outside of the UK. We offer 3 options to help our overseas clients in need of a fast service:
- Priority 3-day dispatch gets your certificate issued faster
- Worldwide courier delivery removes the worry of international postage
- Email copies can be sent to you with our Scan and Send service
What type of certificate will I get?
Birth certificates come in two types: Long-form (A4) and Short-form. The main difference between these two types is that the child's parents details are shown on the long-form version. These are now the only acceptable type for any official purpose and that's what we will send you.
For full details of exactly what is included on a British Birth Certificate, please visit our Questions (FAQs) page.
What if my birth was registered outside the UK?
Where British nationals are born abroad, we can additionally supply copies of certificates relating to any UK births abroad registered at a Consulate, High Commission, or with the Armed Forces. This service only applies to those births that have actually been registered with the UK authorities. Please note that it can take up to 18 months for the records to reach the UK from the overseas authorities so requests for recent births would need to be made to the specific in-country birth registrations department.
I live outside of the UK. Will the birth certificate be accepted in my country?
If you are using the birth certificate to get a British Passport, regardless of where in the world you live, you can use the birth certificate without any additional validation.
For overseas clients needing to validate the authenticity of the certificate as having been produced in the UK, we also offer a legalisation service whereby the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office will attach a dated Apostille to the reverse of the certificate. We would always recommend that you check with whoever you are presenting the certificate to, to see if an Apostille Stamp is needed.
“Working with Vital certificates was a real life saver for me. I needed my birth certificate to obtain my passport and they really came through for me. They even went the extra mile for me and sent it directly to the passport office for me to save time. I would use their service again & highly recommend them to anyone else needing there help. Thank you.” Kevin Brown - San Diego, CA, USA
“After 4 decades of carefully preserving my birth certificate I found myself in the Philippines, a long way from home, being asked for a full certificate. The one in my possession was the short version. I found Vital Certificates on Google and my problem was solved. For a reasonable fee and simple application 8 days later my birth certificate was despatched. They supplied my certificate in good time as advertised. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you.” Vince Edwards - Aberdare, Wales
For further advice or assistance
If you have any further questions that aren't covered within our FAQ section, please feel free to call or email us or view our Birth Certificate Information page. Details can be found in the Contact Us section.
For your safety, Vital Certificates Ltd is a registered organisation under the UK Data Protection Act (DPA).