The official recording of births, deaths and marriages
began on 1st July 1837. These events are recorded in registers,
which once full, are deposited with a Superintendent Registrar for
the district register office in which the event took
There are many district register offices in England and Wales
each holding locally completed registers. In addition to these
locally held records, a central record is held by the General
You can obtain a certified copy of a birth, death or
marriage that took place in the county of
Worcestershire as it stands today
(fee and service option charge):
- By credit or debit card over the telephone on 0845 603
- For copy certificates for Worcestershire church or chapel
marriages, which have recently taken place call 0845 603 2859
- In person at Worcester Register Office, by appointment
- By post. Print the relevant form from the bottom of this page.
Send the completed form with the appropriate payment (cheques or
postal orders should be made payable to Worcestershire County
Council) to: Worcester Register Office, County Hall, Spetchley
Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Please note: A short birth certificate details
the person's name and date of birth but NOT the parent's details.
If you require a birth certificate for a passport application, job
application or for financial reasons you must obtain a full
The Service aims to respond to requests for copy
certificates - by post, in person, and by telephone where credit
card details are given - within 5 working days. If you wish to
arrange to pay for your certificate on collection from the
Worcester Register Office, please arrange this over the phone on
0845 603 2859. Please note that a certificate cannot be produced
The Service aims to respond to all requests for copy certificates
for family history research within 7 working days
District borders have changed over the years and you may
find that what was once Worcestershire is now another district, for
example Dudley is now a district of its own, and Tenbury Hospital
is in the district of Shropshire (see link below) and therefore
applications will need to be made to them.
Within Worcestershire, all registers are held in our central
repository at the Register Office in County Hall, Spetchley Road,
If you require a copy of your adopted birth entry, you should
apply to the General Register Office in Southport
Events before the 1st July 1837 may have been recorded in Church
Baptismal, Marriage and Burial registers. Worcestershire Archive Service holds many
records, which may be useful.
If you are in any doubt please contact us on 0845 603
Links to neighbouring authorities
This page was last reviewed 20 December 2012 at 15:58.
The page is next due for review 18 June 2014.