Order a certificate

The easiest and quickest way to order a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate for an event that took place in Bedford Borough is to order online.

You can do this by selecting the type of certificate that you need using the links below.

If you need a certificate for an event that took place between 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2009, please contact Central Bedfordshire Council Registration Service on 0300 300 8089 or email life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Central Bedfordshire Council holds the registers for this period.

Postal strikes

Royal Mail has ongoing industrial action/strikes planned. This may cause a delay in the delivery of certificates that have been posted.

For more information, including the dates of the strikes, please visit the Royal Mail website.

If you need a certificate urgently, please include a statement in the section “It would help us if you would state the purpose for which the certificate is required” advising that your request is urgent.

A “priority” fee of £35.00 is payable which we take from you by telephone and will also advise you when and where your certificate may be collected.  

Birth and death certificates

Order a birth certificate

Order a death certificate

Marriage or civil partnership certificates

New marriage legislation means that the way a marriage is registered in England has changed from 4 May 2021.

Please visit our marriage and civil partnership page for further information and an update on marriage certificates before ordering.

Order a marriage certificate

Order a civil partnership certificate

Cost of certificates

A certificate will cost £11 per copy. 

If you wish to make any corrections to a certificate, there will be an additional fee.

You can find out how to correct a birth registration, correct a death registration or correct marriage or civil partnership registration here.


Certificates are posted by Royal Mail second class post within 15 working days. Working days are Monday to Friday and do not include Bank holidays.

Although most certificates are delivered without issue, we are unable to offer any guarantees on the delivery of your certificate as we rely on the Royal Mail postage service.

We do not offer a collection or priority service.

Priority certificates

If you need a certificate quickly, you can find out how to get a certificate delivered sooner here.

Please note that the General Register Office (GRO) only holds records for Bedford Borough up to 31 December 2019.

If you need a certificate delivered for an event that happened after this date, you will need to order your certificate using the links at the top of this page.

Ordering other certificates 

You can find more information on how to order other types of certificates below: