How to obtain a UK Full Birth Certificate

UK birth certificate sample
An old UK birth certificate snippet.

When applying for a marriage license, passport or a visa to travel abroad, you are required to submit a UK full birth certificate. Although UK citizens receive short form birth certificates, the only legal documents they can use for travelling and other legal purposes are full birth certificates or long form versions. On this page, we will be taking a closer look at what the UK full birth certificate is and how you can use our services to obtain yours in the shortest time possible.

What exactly is a UK Full Birth Certificate?

A full birth certificate is a copy of the entry in the birth register, detailing information on both biological parents of the individual. Unlike short birth certificates, full birth certificates are not issued free of charge once a birth is registered.

British birth certificates are Government certified documents and come with a stamp or seal indicating that they are official. Individuals that were born in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, can apply for a long-form birth certificate. Other births which may be included are those which took place in British Dependent Territories and former colonies.

In most countries, a UK full birth certificate is a vital record that contains the following information:

  • Birth name(s)
  • Date and time of birth
  • Sex
  • Birth registration number (also known as NHS in the UK)
  • Details of the legal parent(s)

However, for us to assist you, we will require:

  • Year birth was registered
  • Surname at birth
  • Forename(s)
  • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Place of birth
  • Father’s/Parent’s surname
  • Father’s/Parent’s forename(s)
  • Mother’s maiden surname
  • Mother’s surname at time of the birth
  • Mother’s forename(s)

It will usually take us 5 working days to obtain the document and a further 5 working days for an apostille, dependent on no delays or issues.

Who needs a UK birth certificate?

Full birth certificates are official public records, and as such, you might need them when applying for:

  • Passports
  • Police Certificates
  • Insurance
  • Employment
  • Personal identification
  • Visas

You can also apply for a full birth certificate if you live in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa. In this case, you will use the certificate to prove that your parents were born in the UK, entitling you to “Right to Abode”. You can also use it to prove that your grandparents were born in the UK, which entitles you to an “Ancestry Visa”. As a result of your ancestral connection, you can apply to work and live in the UK indefinitely.

How we can assist you

If you need to obtain a UK full birth certificate, we can help take the stress out of the equation. We are a team of legal document experts that also offer apostil services to help authenticate documents for legal use abroad. You can get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with obtaining your legal documents!

2 thoughts on “How to obtain a UK Full Birth Certificate”



  2. Ronnie Shub

    I have a short birth certificate and I need a detailed one with my parents details

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