Copy Certificates

Please check where the event occurred before placing your order, as we are only able to provide copy certificates for events which occurred within the Milton Keynes Registration District and where we hold the register containing the entry. 

Please note that not all areas with Milton Keynes in the address fall within the Milton Keynes registration district, so do check before placing your order.

If you are unsure of where the event occurred the General Register Office will be able to undertake a more thorough search of records. 

No refund will be given if we do not hold the register containing the entry.

Birth or death certificates

The quickest and easiest way to order a copy certificate for a birth or death which occurred within the Milton Keynes registration district is to place the order online using the link below.  Alternatively, you can call our contact centre on 01908 372101.  Please note that payment by either debit or credit card will be needed to complete the order.

Order a copy certificate 

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Marriage and civil partnership certificates  

From the 4 May 2021 all marriage and civil partnership certificates will be issued by the Register Office in the registration district where the event took place, this is for all venue, register office and religious ceremonies in that district.

Requests for certificates for ceremonies that took place in a church or other place of worship in the Milton Keynes Registration District prior to this date may take a little longer to produce and issue.  This is because we need the church or place of worship to return all their registers to us.

Please remember to check that the venue where your ceremony took place is actually within the Milton Keynes registration district as not all areas with Milton Keynes in their address or an MK postcode fall within our area. 

We are unable to produce certificates until the completed marriage or civil partnership schedule has been returned to us and the details entered into a computer system.  Therefore, it will not be possible for a certificate to be provided on the day that the ceremony takes place, however they may be pre-ordered.

Any copy certificates will need to be ordered either by calling our contact centre on 01908 372101 or using the link below.

Order a copy certificate 

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Applying for a certificate from an overseas address

If you are applying from an overseas address please use your full postal address but note that our system will not accept an international telephone number or postcode, therefore when placing your order please use our telephone number (01908 372101) and postcode (MK9 3EJ) to complete your application and then add your full address details into the "additional information" text box.

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How long will it take to receive my order?

Copy certificates are issued and posted on the 15th working day after we receive the order and are posted Royal Mail second class.  If you would like to be able to track your order Royal Mail Special Delivery is available at an additional cost.

As stated above, there may be a delay in issuing your certificate if your ceremony took place in a place of worship before 4 May 2021 and we are waiting for the register.

For ceremonies after 4 May 2021 we will post your certificate after we have received your completed schedule and registered the event.  These certificates will be posted after registration.

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Copy certificates for events which occurred elsewhere

We are only able to provide copy certificates where an event occurred within the Milton Keynes registration district and where we hold the register containing the details of the event. 

If the event occurred elsewhere you should either contact the Register Office where the event occurred or, if you are unsure, please contact the General Register Office who will be able to undertake a more thorough search of records.

Fees are non-refundable if an order is placed with us and we subsequently find that we do not hold the register. Please see our terms and conditions for further details. 

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Applying for a copy of an adoption certificate

Enquiries about adoption certificates should be addressed to the General Register Office Adoption Section. Certificates from the Adopted Children Register can be made on the General Register Office website or by telephoning the GRO on 0300 123 1837.

If you have very little or no detail regarding a registration aside from a name, then you can contact the General Register Office who can do a more in-depth search for all the districts in England and Wales.

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Last Updated: 29 July 2021