Somerset County Council

Request a copy of a birth certificate


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.

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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 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 long does it take?
You should receive your copy certificate within 5 - 7 working days. 

How much does it cost?
The fee for ordering a copy certificate is £10 each. (£10.50 payable to include postage and packing)

If the event occurred recently and is still in the current register, copy certificates cost £7. The register office which holds the records will be able to advise you further about which register the entry is in. Contact details for each office are available through the links below under "Where is it?".

Index Search £18 (by prior arrangement, please contact your local office for further information).

Please enclose cheque/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.


Contact: Somerset Register Office (Taunton)
Address: The Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AQ
Contact no: 01823 282251
Fax: 01823 351173
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm

Contact: Bridgwater Registration Office
Address: Morgan House, Mount Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3ER
Contact no: 01278 422527
Fax: 01278 452670
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 6pm

Contact: Burnham-on-Sea Registration Office
Address: The Old Court House, Jaycroft Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LE
Contact no: 01278 793990 or 01278 422527
Opening Hours: Tuesday and Friday 10am to 4pm

Chard Registration Office
Address: Holyrood Lace Mill, Holyrood Street, Chard, Somerset, TA20 2YA
Contact no: 01460 260472
Opening Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 4pm

Contact: Frome Registration Office
Address: (Frome Library) Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE
Contact no: 01373 462887
Fax: 01373 464588
Opening Hours: Monday 12pm to 4pm, Tuesday 10am to 3pm, Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm, Thursday 12pm to 4pm, Friday 10am to 3pm.

Contact: Minehead Registration Office
Address: Bancks Street, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5DJ 
Contact no: 01643 703299 or 01984 633116
Opening Hours: Tuesday 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm, Thursday 9am to 12.30pm
and 1pm to 3.30pm.

Contact: Shepton Mallet Registration Office
Address: 19b Commercial Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5BU
Contact no: 01749 343928
Fax: 01749 342324
Opening Hours: Monday 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm, Wednesday 9am to 12pm, Thursday 12.30pm to 6.30pm, Friday 9am to 4pm.

Contact: Wellington Registration Office
Address: Somerset Skills and Learning, Corams Lane, Wellington, TA21 8LL
Contact no: 01823 663605 or 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Tuesday 10am to 2pm, Wednesday 2pm to 6pm

Contact: Wells Registration Office
Address: Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2RB
Contact no: 01749 675355
Fax: 01749 675355
Opening Hours: Monday 9am to 1.30pm, Tuesday 9am to 1.30pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9am to 1.30pm, Friday 9am to 1.30pm.

Contact: Williton Registration Office
Address: Becket House, Bridge Street, Williton, TA4 4NR
Contact no: 01984 633578
Fax: 01984 631884
Opening Hours: Monday 1pm to 6pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm, Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Contact: Wincanton Registration Office
Address: The Community Office, Churchfields, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9AG
Contact no: 01963 435008
Opening Hours: Tuesday 10am to 2pm, Friday 11am to 4pm

Contact: Yeovil Registration Office
Address: Maltravers House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1SP
Contact no: 01935 411230
Opening Hours: Monday 9am to 5pm, Tuesday 9am to 6.30pm, Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 6.30pm, Friday 9am to 5pm.

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