Request copies of birth certificates. We can also help if you want to trace a birth registered in Lambeth from 1940 to the present day.

We are currently unable to take online orders for copy certificates.  Please visit the General Register Office website who will be able to take the order during this time.   We are still able to undertake orders of certificates through our reception at: Redfearn Centre, Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London SE11 5QY.
This service is available from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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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 contact 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
  • If applying within two months of registration: £7
  • Archived certificates: £10

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

Standard Service - Our standard service time is 15 working days plus delivery time. Please note that all certificates for this service are sent out by second class post so please allow for an additional three to five working days to receive your certificates. You can apply online for our Standard Service.

Gold Service - If you require your certificates more quickly, we can process them in 3 working days plus delivery time. You can use our gold service by applying in person at the Register Office or ordering online at a cost of £20 on top of the cost of the certificates.

For example: If a certificate is ordered on Monday, the processing of the certificate will not start until the following day due to keeping the registers off site. The Registrar service will aim to process this request in 3 working days (Tuesday-Thursday). The certificate will be then be sent off by 1st class post via Royal Mail.

Certificate ordered: Monday

Processing of order: Tuesday – Thursday

Certificate dispatched: Thursday

Arrival of certificate at destination: 1-2 working days after dispatch

Please note: Any certificates ordered on Friday and over the weekend will not start to be processed until Monday Any certificates ordered on a bank holiday will not be processed until the next working day

Platinum Service - If the registration happened within the last 12 months, you can also apply in person at the Register Office for our while-you-wait service which costs an extra £30 on top of the cost for certificates.

Next Steps

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.

  • Please try to provide as much information as possible so that we can try to locate your record.

  • The initial £10 charge for this service is to locate the certificate. This fee is redeemable against the certificate if it is found. If we are unable to find your certificate you will not receive a refund for the £10 as this covers the cost of our search.

  • We will however refund any express payments, postage, and any additional payments you have made on top of the initial £10 fee for any extra copies of the certificate you may have ordered.

  • If the certificate you are requesting was registered within the past two months, the charge is £7 as we hold these records on site.

  • If we can't issue the certificate we would recommend that you contact The General Register Office (GRO), where the records are held of births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales since 1 July 1837. More information can be found on their website below.