British Birth Certificates

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British birth certificates are Government certified documents, and come with a stamp or a seal indicating that they are official. A certified copy of the certificate is issued from the record made during the governmental registration process which takes place at the time of birth.

Births which would included would be people born in Britain. Great Britain (or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, shortened to GB or UK) consists of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but not the Republic of Ireland. Other births which may be included are those which took place in British Dependent Territories, and former colonies.

For British citizens born outside of the UK mainland, the event should have been registered with an Overseas authority, such as the Armed Forces, but also a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. Some of these records may go back earlier than 1837.

Such a document is known as primary documentation, since it is an official public record. Birth records can also be known as vital records.

They are often used for such purposes as passport applications, police checks, insurance, employment and for personal identification. Other reasons include genealogical research, people tracing their relatives and a parent obtaining a certificate for their child.

People in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa can order a certificate to prove that either that their parents were born in the UK, which entitles them to 'Right to Abode' or that their grandparents were, which entitles them to 'Ancestry Visa'. These visas allow immigration and freedom to work as a result of their UK ancestral connection.

An applicant may order their own certificate, or someone else's if they have sufficient and correct information. British birth certificates come in two forms, the short or the long form. We supply the long form certificate, issued by the relevant register office, and fully authenticated.

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