Birth certificates

You will need a full birth certificate when applying for your child's passport and possibly when opening your child's bank account. A full birth certificate shows all the information in the birth register.

You can apply online, by phone, by post or in person. We'll post your certificate/s within 5 working days. Certificates can't be emailed or collected in person.

Apply online

You can order certificates online for births registered in Kent and Bexley and we will post them to you. Certificates can't be emailed or collected in person.

Apply by phone

Call Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives on 03000 41 93 00 and ask for the certificate centre.

The centre is open 9am to 4:45pm Monday to Friday (Thursday 10am to 4:45pm only).

Apply by post

Download a printable application form (PDF, 19.6 KB) and return it it to:

Certificate Centre, The Mansion House, 39 Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1EP.

This document is not accessible to those using assistive technology.

Apply in person

The centre is currently closed for applications requested in person.

Standard birth certificates

  • issued on the day of registration: £11
  • issued after the registration, order processed within 5 working days and sent 2nd class post: £11

How to pay

  • cheque or postal order made payable to Kent County Council
  • debit or credit card

Other fees

  • express service for certificates issued on the day of application before 3pm and sent 1st class post: £35