Certificate charges to increase

By Matt Elton, 8 March 2010 - 10:15am

New fees for ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the General Record Office (GRO) in England and Wales will come into force in April, the Home Office has announced.

The standard charge for ordering documents online with a GRO reference number from Tuesday, 6 April will increase from £7 to £9.25. However, family historians who do not know this number will no longer face an extra charge, and certificates can also be ordered offline for the same amount.

Priority services, which offer a dispatch within 24 hours, will still be graded depending on whether customers have the relevant reference, with prices ranging from £23 to £27.50. 

In a statement issued early in March, the GRO stressed that the increases will allow the ordering service to be provided without subsidisation from tax revenue. “The GRO receives more than two million certificate orders every year, the vast majority of which are ordered online,” says Registrar General James Hall. “This is our first change to fees since 2003 and we believe that the new structure will be simpler to use for our customers.”

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