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Applying for a certificate

We can supply certificates for events which have occurred since July 1837 in Dorset; generally this does not include Bournemouth and Poole. Please telephone us if uncertain. If the event occurred anywhere else you will need to contact the Register Office for that area.

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Due to county boundaries changes, we hold birth and death records for Christchurch from 1 April 1997 onwards. Prior to this date you will need to contact Bournemouth register office. We do hold some Christchurch marriage records dating from July 1837, if unsure check with us before you apply.

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Information you will need to let us know

  • Birth certificates: Date and place of birth, full name and parent's names
  • If you require an adoption certificate, you will need to apply to the General Register OfficeOpens in a new window.

  • Death certificates: Date and place of death and full name of deceased
  • Marriage certificates: Date and place of marriage, full names of couple
  • If the marriage took place in a church in Dorset, please check with us before applying as we may not have the church records.

  • Civil partnership: Date and place of civil partnership, full names and address of couple at time of registration

Fee

  • The fee for a certificate is £10. We aim to dispatch certificates by first class post the next working day excluding Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • If the event was registered recently it may be in a register still in use in one of our offices, in which case the fee will be £7.00 and the certificate will be sent on the next opening day of that office. Any difference in fees paid will be refunded to you.