This page explains how you can get a copy of a birth certificate. Somerset Registration Service holds records for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships which have occurred in the County since 1837.
Who can use it?
Anyone can apply for a copy certificate if they can provide the required information to enable a successful match with the records held, and pay the appropriate fee.
Please note there is an option to purchase a 'short' version of the certificate. This only offers the date, name and place of birth. These certificates are usually acceptable when applying, for example, for a school placement and other examples which do not bear legal status.
The 'full' version of the certificate additionally includes details of the parents, and in most cases this is the version required by banks, the passport office etc. when applicants seek to provide proof of identity. If in doubt you should not select the short version of the certificate, since both carry the same cost (see below).
How do I use it?
For births in Somerset you can apply online for a copy certificate by clicking the button above. Alternatively, you can apply by phone 0845 345 9144 or in writing, including the appropriate payment to Certificate Services, Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren TA2 6SF. You should provide as much of the following information as possible about the entry you are seeking to enable us to identify the entry correctly. For a copy birth certificate, please provide:
- Name of child
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
We will search a minimum of 2 years either side of the date you have given.
What happens next?
Your certificate will be posted to the address submitted on your application.
How much does it cost?
The fee for ordering a copy certificate is £10 each (£11 payable to include postage and packing) dispatched within 5 to 7 working days.
Priority (Express) Ordering Service
Express copy of any certificate is £25 each (£26 payable to include postage and packing) dispatched 1st class. Orders placed by 2pm Monday to Friday will be despatched the same day. Orders that are received after 2pm will be dispatched the next working day.
While you Wait
While you Wait copy of any certificate is £30. Applications received in person at the Heritage Centre before 2pm will be processed within an hour and can be collected the same day.
Index Search £18 (by prior arrangement, please contact your local office for further information)
Please enclose cheque or postal order payable to Somerset County Council with your application.
You will not be charged if the entry cannot be found.
Please note that both the 'full' and 'short' versions of the certificates (see above) bear the same cost.
Where is it?
The records are held in the Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA2 6SF.
The records are currently held in the five historical registration districts for Somerset.
Mendip includes Shepton Mallet, Frome and Wells
Sedgemoor includes Bridgwater and Burnham
South Somerset includes Yeovil, Chard and Wincanton
Taunton includes Taunton and Wellington
West Somerset includes Williton and Minehead.