English Birth Certificates
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The information below refers to the text of a United Kingdom (UK) Birth Certificate from England and Wales. There may be some variance with other English and Welsh birth certificates. Welsh birth certificates may have the official text also in Welsh. Other British marriage certificates issued in Scotland and Northern Ireland will also vary.
Certified Copy of an entry of Birth
Given at the General Register Office
1 - When and where born
2 - Name, if any
3 - Sex
4 - Name and Surname of father
5 - Name, surname and maiden surname of mother
6 - Occupation of father
7 - Signature, description and residence of informant
8 - When registered
9 - Signature of registrar
10 - Name entered after registration
Certified to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a Register of Births in the District above mentioned.
Given at the General Register Office, under the Seal of the said Office.
The ______ day of ______, _____
Caution: there are offences relating to falsifying or altering a certificate and using or possessing a false certificate.
Warning: a birth certificate is not evidence of identity.
This certificate is issued in pursuance of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953. Section 34 provides that any certified copy of an entry purporting to be sealed or stamped with the seal of the General Register Office shall be received as evidence of the birth or death to which it relates without any further or other proof of the entry, and no certified copy purporting to have been given in the said Office shall be of any force or effect unless it is sealed or stamped as aforesaid.