Apply for a copy certificate

You can order copies of birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificates online.

Alternatively you can telephone 0845 155 1002 or write to:

Copy Certificates
Castle Street
Exeter
EX4 3PQ.

Before a search of the records is made you will need to provide the following information:

  • full name of the person(s) included in the registration
  • date of the event including day, month and year
  • location of the event, for example, town or village.

Devon Registration Service holds registers for births and deaths and for civil marriages dating back to July 1837, excluding Plymouth and Torbay. Baptismal, Marriage and Burial registers prior to 1837 may be held by the local clergy or the Devon Records Office.

A fee is payable for all copy certificates, when ordering by post you should include a cheque made payable to Devon County Council and a stamped addressed envelope for the returned certificate.

The General Register Office is responsible for keeping records of all events in England and Wales from 1837 until present day, you can contact them by:

Writing to: GRO, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD.
Telephoning: 0300 123 1837
Visiting: www.gro.gov.uk

Please note that reference numbers issued by the General Register Office are different from the local authority numbers and do not match up with local entries.

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