Use this page to request copies of birth certificates. We can also help if you want to trace a birth registered in Lambeth from 1837 to the present day.

Who can use this service

Anyone can use this service. We only hold information on births registered in Lambeth.

Records held at Lambeth register office are specific to this office and do not relate to the General Register Office indexes found on the internet or on microfiche copies held by many public bodies. Applications quoting the GRO reference will be returned unsearched.

Undertaking a search without the exact details can take some time to locate, even if the birth took place in Lambeth.

If you do not have exact details of the birth, we suggest that you submit your application to The General Register Office (GRO), where the records are held of births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales since 1 July 1837.

Costs for this service

Certificate issued:

  • At the time of registration: £4
  • After the time of registration: £7
  • Archived certificates: £10

Options for payment are cash, cheques and all major debit and credit cards except American Express.

Next steps

Return the completed form to Lambeth Register Office or visit us in person:

Lambeth Register Office
Lambeth Town Hall

Please note that the Register Office is closed on the first Wednesday of every month until 1pm.

The length of time it will take to receive your copy certificate depends on how you submit your application:

In person

We aim to process requests for copy certificates within two working days from date of receiving the request although some historical searches may take longer.

The office is open between 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

By post
Please send us the completed application form.

  • Enclose cheque or postal order payable to London Borough of Lambeth.
  • Enclose a stamped addressed envelope (preferably A5 envelope) together with your cheque or postal order.

The register office aims to deal with the application within three to five working days.

If we can't issue a certificate

We won't be able to issue a copy certificate if we don't hold the record you're looking for or can't trace it from the information you provide.

If we don't hold the record your payment will be returned and, if possible, we will let you know which Register Office does.