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Islington and City of London Register Office can produce certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

Please note due to staff shortages, requests for historical certificates (pre-2020) will take up to 25 working days to process. All recent death certificate applications that have been registered within the last four weeks will be prioritised during this period.

Islington and City of London Register Office can produce certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

We can provide copies of certificates dating back to 1945 for the Islington and City of London area (Islington Council Registrars also cover registrations for the City of London Corporation, which is the square mile at the heart of the financial centre in the city. See a map of the area). We may be able to go as far back as 1837, but not all certificates will be available due to damage to our records during the Second World War.

What information do I need to provide?

To help us find your record please provide us with:

  • First name and surname (if it relates to a marriage or civil partnership, please include both partners and any maiden names)
  • Date of the birth/death/marriage/civil partnership
  • Where it took place (if it relates to a church, please provide exact church name and location)

Please note. Reference numbers provided by online genealogical sites (e.g. do not match our records. They may relate to those kept by the General Register Office

How much it costs

£11.00 per copy for standard production (produced within 10 working days)

How to order a certificate

Order Online

In person

In response to the government’s advice on social distancing to help manage the spread of Coronavirus, Islington Register Office is closed, apart from for pre-booked registration appointments. This means we cannot take any certificate applications in person, but you can continue to order copies of certificates online and they will be posted to you.

By post

Download, print and complete the appropriate form below. Enclose a postal order for the correct fee made payable to London Borough of Islington. We are unable to accept payments by cheque.

How long it takes

We aim to send out certificates within 25 working days of receiving the application, provided we are given full and correct information and the relevant fee.

However please allow up to 28 working days for it to reach you once we have received your order. This takes into account timings for posting.

We use ‘signed for’ delivery for all certificates. This means if you are not at home to sign for your certificate, the postal worker will leave a card asking you to collect it from your local sorting office.

Please do not contact us to ask when your certificate will be delivered before 28 working days has passed, as this could delay your application.
If you need your historical certificates urgently you can apply to the General Register Office.

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