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UK Vital Statistics Certificates FAQ
Many British citizens living in Canada and those Canadians who by decent can claim
British citizenship may need to apply for essential British documents like birth
certificates and passports.
British passport information for citizens living in Canada can be obtained from
the British Embassy website or you can see our FAQ. For birth, marriage and death certificate from
the UK please consult the following websites:
General Register Office England & Wales
General Register Office for
I am a British citizen living as a permanent resident in Canada. How can I renew
my British passport from Canada?
You can renew your British passport from Canada by visiting the British Embassy website. British passports for residents
in Canada are issued from Washington DC, USA. Please see our FAQ for any further questions.
How can I claim British citizenship by descent?
To qualify for British citizenship and the right to obtain a British passport by
descent, you must be able to prove that your biological father was a British citizen
at the time of your birth and that he was legally married to your mother at that
time. To claim British nationality by descent on your mother’s side you must prove
that your mother was a British citizen at the time of your birth.
I have lost my British birth certificate but I live in Canada. How can I apply for
a new one?
You can order an English or Welsh British birth certificate online at the General Register Office website, which is a division of
the UK Identity and Passport Office. For certificates from Scotland you need to
apply through the
General Registrar for Scotland and for certificates from Northern Ireland
through the General Register
Office for Northern Ireland.
How will the General Register office in the UK deliver my birth certificate to me
Your certificate will be delivered by the UK Royal Mail. It takes around 7 days
to arrive in Canada although you can pay to have priority delivery which may be
I want a copy of my grandfather’s British birth certificate. Am I eligible to apply
even though he is still living?
Yes. In the UK birth, marriage and death certificates are considered public records
and anyone can apply for a copy whether they are related to the person they are
applying for or not.
What information does a UK birth certificate contain?
British birth certificates contain Registration district, sub-district and county,
the full name of the person born, date of birth, place of birth, father's full
name (if named), mother's full name, mother's maiden name (and any other
previous names if relevant), father's occupation, if named, signature, description
and residence of informant, date the birth was registered, the signature of the
registrar, the date the certificate was produced.
What information must I supply to get a copy of a UK birth certificate?
If you are applying for a birth certificate for a birth that took place in the last
50 years you must provided the full name, full date of birth, and parents' names
including the mother's maiden name. If the birth occurred over 50 years ago
you need only provide the first name and surname and the date or year of birth.
It is useful to include a location particularly if the name is common.