Somerset County Council

Request a copy of a death certificate


We hold records for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships which have taken place in Somerset since 1837. This page explains how you can get a copy of a death certificate. 

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You can apply for a copy certificate for death in Somerset using the button above. You can also apply in writing.

We now process copies of certificates for North Somerset. If you want to request certificates from Bath and North East Somerset or Bristol, please use the links below.

Bath and North East Somerset

Bristol City Council

Standard Service
The fee for ordering a copy certificate is £10 each (£11 payable to include postage and packing) dispatched within five to seven working days.

Priority (Express) Ordering Service
If you order the Express copy of any certificate, the fee is £25 each (£26 payable to include postage and packing) dispatched 1st class. If you place your order before 2pm Monday to Friday, your certificate will be despatched the same day. Orders received after 2pm will be dispatched the next working day. We cannot guarantee when the Royal Mail will deliver the certificate to you if you choose to have it posted.

Extra copies of certificates cost £10 each.

When you apply you should provide as much information as possible about the entry you are looking for so that we can identify it correctly.

For a copy death certificate, please tell us:

  • Name of deceased

  • Date of death

  • Place of death  

We will search a minimum of two years either side of the date you have given.

If you apply in writing, please include the appropriate payment and send it to
Somerset Registration Services
Certificate Services
Somerset Heritage Centre
Brunel Way
Norton Fitzwarren

Your certificate will be posted to the address you give us on your application.

While you Wait
We have a 'While you Wait' service and a copy of any certificate costs £30. You can apply in person at Somerset Heritage Centre, where the records are held. If you apply before 2pm your request will be processed within an hour and you can collect your certificate the same day.

Index Search £18 (by appointment, please contact your local registration office for more information)

Please enclose a cheque or postal order made payable to Somerset County Council with your application.

You will not be charged if we cannot find the entry.

The records are stored by 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.

Bath and North East Somerset

North Somerset

Bristol City Council 


Contact: Customer Contact
Phone: 0300 123 2224

Opening hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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