Apply for a copy certificate

Our records

Devon Registration Service holds registers for births and deaths and for civil marriages dating back to July 1837.

Please note that we do not hold registers for Plymouth or Torbay. Apply directly to Plymouth City Council or Torbay Council.

Baptismal, Marriage and Burial registers prior to 1837 may be held by the local clergy or Devon Heritage Services.

Before you start

Before a search of the records is made you will need to provide the following information:

  • Full name of the person(s) included in the registration.
  • Date of the event including day, month and year.
  • Location of the event, for example, town or village.

Please be aware our standard delivery service may take up to 7 days.

  • Check the appropriate fee for all copy certificates.

Please note: we are currently experiencing problems with the processing of payments. We recommend applying directly to the General Register Office at this time. Contact details are provided below.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience this causes.


When ordering by post you should include a cheque made payable to Devon County Council. Please include a stamped addressed envelope for the returned certificate.

The General Register Office is responsible for keeping records of all events in England and Wales from 1837 until present day, you can contact them by:

Writing to: GRO, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD.

Telephoning: 0300 123 1837


Please note that reference numbers issued by the General Register Office are different from the local authority numbers and do not match up with local entries.