Applying for a certificate

Information on the different ways to get certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

Applying for a certificate

You have two options to get a certified copy of a certificate if a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership occurred within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea:

1. Application online Use our online form to order a copy certificate.

2. Application by post If your application is made from within the UK then you should enclose a letter/application form containing all the relevant details, a postal order made payable to ‘R.B.K.& C.’ and a stamped addressed envelope. Please do not send cash by post. If you are applying by post from outside the UK then you may only pay by international money order, in pounds sterling, made payable to ‘R.B.K.& C.’ Please note: we are no longer able to accept cheques.

Download our application forms:

Birth Certificate Application Form

Still-Birth Certificate Application Form

Death Certificate Application Form

Civil Partnership Certificate Application Form

Marriage Certificate Application Form



Our service standards

  • certificates ordered using the standard service will be posted within five working days




Birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates

For certificates that are posted out, there is an additional fee of £1.60 to cover registered post.


The full postal address for all correspondence and applications is:

Kensington and Chelsea Register Office
Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road

Certificates are posted within five days, usually sooner.

To help us process your application as quickly as possible:

Give us as much information as possible

The more information you give us about the register entry of which you need a copy, the easier it will be for us to find the entry. Please note that General Register Office references are different to those held locally.

We regret that we cannot undertake searches of an indefinite or protracted nature. Usually a search in the index covering a maximum period of five years will be made but only where accurate details of the particular registration have been given. 


Send separate postal orders for multiple certificate requests

If you are making applications for multiple certificates (for example, one birth and two marriage certificates) it will speed the administration if you include a separate postal order for each and every application. If we are unable to find an entry we will return your unused postal orders to you.


Always include a stamped addressed envelope for return

This guarantees the correct address and postcode are on the envelope.