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Apply for a copy of a birth certificate

Find out how to apply for a certificate for any birth that took place in Suffolk after July 1837.

You can apply for a copy of a short or full birth certificate online.

The cost of each certificate is £10

The majority of certificate requests will be completed from our archives at Ipswich Register Office. However, some entries (particularly recent entries) may still be held in local offices.

In this situation the cost will be reduced to £7, but it may not be possible to offer a priority service (details below) or delivery by secure mail.

Important note: We are only able to accept applications via this site for births which took place in Suffolk. To avoid additional cost and inconvenience please check this point carefully before proceeding. Please also note that James Paget hospital in Gorleston is not in Suffolk – if you were born at this hospital you will need to apply directly to the Norfolk Registration Service.

To begin your application click the Start button below.


Before you apply

To apply for a copy of a birth certificate online you’ll need the following information to hand:

  • Details of the person whose birth certificate you would like (place of birth and full name at the time of birth)
  • Your name, address and contact details
  • Payment information
  • Reason for request and any other comments to assist with our search

Delivery options

Postal delivery

Certificates can be posted by secure mail to UK addresses for an additional £2 (or £7 for overseas addresses).

We aim to issue all certificates within 5 working days of receiving your application.

We use Royal Mail for our certificate ordering service. Please read their published delivery timescales and customer satisfaction standards in the event of a delay or problem with the receipt of your order.

Should your certificate not be received in line with this guidance, please contact us for assistance.


Certificates can be collected in person from the Ipswich office free of charge.

Please note: certificates will be held for six months from the date of order. After this time a new order and payment will need to be made.

If you have elected to receive your certificate by collection the collection point will be:

St Peter House
16 Grimwade Street

Priority service

We offer a priority service for those who wish to receive their copy of a certificate quickly.

For orders placed before 8:45am, collection/posting will be from 2pm the same working day.

Orders placed after 8:45am will be available/posted from 2pm the following working day.

(Working days are Monday to Friday, office opening hours are 9am to 4pm).

The priority service costs an additional £14. (This will rise to £15 from 1 April 2019).

Please note that if you are ordering multiple copies of the same certificate you will only be charged once for the priority service. However, if you are ordering multiple copies of different certificates, a priority service charge will apply for each.

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by:

  • phoning any office and paying using a debit or credit card
  • visiting an office in person

Please note that your certificate will only be available for collection in person at the Ipswich Office.

Find details of each office on the Suffolk Register Offices contact list.