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Registration information

All original records of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships for the Bedford Borough area dating back to 1837 are held securely at the Register Office in Bedford.

Bedford Register Office continually looks for ways to improve their services and would like to hear you views on the service. Please complete this short survey. 

Cost of certificates

Certificates applied for after the date of registration cost £11 each. If the registration is recent (last three months) please contact us to check the price. This includes Short Birth Certificates.

Certified copies of records: order online

You can order a certified copy of the original record of any entry that we hold.

Service options

We offer a 24 hour priority service, in addition to the standard 15 working day service.

24 Hour Priority Service (subject to availability)

The fee for this service is £35 per certificate. Each certificate will be issued by 4pm on the same working day for all orders received by 3pm.

Orders received after 3pm will be issued by 4pm on the next working day and posted by Royal Mail standard 1st class*).

If you wish to collect from Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford. MK42 9AP please allow one clear working day before collection.

Standard Service (subject to availability)

The fee for this service is £11 per certificate. Each certificate will be issued and posted by Royal Mail standard 2nd class*) in 15 working days.

If you wish to collect from Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford. MK42 9AP please allow 15 clear working days before collection.

*If you choose to have the certificate(s) delivered by post, we are unable to guarantee delivery as we are reliant on the Royal Mail postage service. We accept no liability for loss, damage or failure of delivery of certificate(s).

Please note that working days are Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

Online forms to order certificates

Please follow the links below to order your chosen certificate using an online form.

You will need to provide certain information to enable us to find the correct record. If you do not have all of the information or you are unsure about the details please make this clear by explaining in the free text boxes of the form. In all cases please ensure that you provide your contact details, in case we have any queries.

If you are unsure where the event occurred please contact the General Register Office.

Records between April 1999 and March 2009

Bedford Borough Council is unable to provide certificates for events that took place between 1 April 1999 and 31 March 2009 as Central Bedfordshire Council holds the registers for this period. 

If your application is in regard to an event that took place within this time frame please contact Central Bedfordshire Council Registration Service on 0300 300 8089 or email life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Burial records

Bedford Borough Council Registration Service does not hold records of where people were buried.

Making changes to the record or certificate

If you need to correct the information on a certificate please contact the General Register's Office

If you have married the mother/father since the original registration you must re-register the child by law.

You can also order commemorative marriage certificates to mark an anniversary and research your family history through GOV.UK.