Applying for birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates
Bromley Register Office holds the records of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that occurred in the borough of Bromley from 1837 to the present day.
How do I apply
Certificates can be obtained from the register office either by personal application or through the post. If you wish to pay be credit or debit card, you can also apply by telephone.
- name of person whose certificate you require;
- date and place of birth, death, marriage or civil partnership; and
- parents' names and mother's maiden name (for birth certificates only).
Please note that certificates from church marriage registers are only available from the register office once the church has delivered the register to us. This happens when the register is full. Until then, certificates can be obtained from the church.
If you are not sure where the event took place, you will need to use the national index that is compiled from all local register office records in England and Wales. The index and further information is available from:
The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU
A microfilm copy of the index is also available at the Local Studies Department in the Bromley Central Library.
Postal application for certificates from this local index can be made to the appropriate register office but please remember that the references shown on the microfiche do not correspond to the local index. Alternatively you can apply to:
General Register Office
PO Box 2
If you have found out the "GRO" General Register Office index information from the National Archives, you can apply for a copy certificate and pay online at the General Register Office website. Copies of decree absolutes are not held at the Register Office. These can be obtained from the county court where the divorce was heard.
Fees for certificates:
Standard birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate £10.00.
Short birth certificate £10.00. A short birth certificate will only show the name and date of birth of the person.
If you need your certificate to be issued urgently the following charge will apply in addition to the cost of the certificate. We are only able to offer the express service for events which occurred after 1945
- Certificate issued within 1 hour of application - £31.00
- Certificate issued within 24 hours of application - £21.00
Applications by post should include a cheque or postal order made payable to the London Borough of Bromley. Applications for certificates can also be made at our counter from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Application by telephone can be made from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.