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Guidance Notes - Standard Certificates

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Postal Applications

If you apply by post please complete the form and enclose the appropriate fee in sterling drawn on a British Bank Sorting Code. Certificates cost 11.00 each. All remittances should be made payable to Durham County Council and cheques should be crossed "/&Co/".

Please do not send cash.

The application form and cheque should be sent to the Superintendent Registrar at Bishop Auckland

The Registrar
Cockton House
35 Cockton Hill Road
Bishop Auckland
Co Durham
DL14 6HS
Telephone: 03000 260600 (In UK), +44 3000 260600 (Outside UK)

Please do not use the form for making applications to the Registrar General.

Searches of Indexes

Superintendent Registrars do not have the staff to undertake searches of an indefinite or protracted nature. Usually a search in the index, covering a period not exceeding 5 years, will be made but only where accurate details have been given of the registration. If a wider search is required it is necessary for the applicant or someone on his/her behalf to make a general search in the indexes. For further information see below and then make enquiries to the Superintendent Registrar.

General Searches at a Superintendent Registrar's Office

The indexes in a Superintendent Registrar's office relate only to births, marriages and deaths which occurred within the Superintendent Registrar's district.

A general search is a search in the indexes conducted in person by the applicant or someone on his/her behalf during any number of successive hours not exceeding six. By arrangement with the Superintendent Registrar a person making a general search may have access to the indexes to the registers of births, marriages and deaths but not to the registers themselves. A certificate of any entry identified may be obtained on completion of an application form and on payment of the appropriate fee.

If a person making a general search is uncertain whether a reference found in the indexes relates to the entry for which he/she is searching, the Superintendent Registrar, on being given definite details by which the entry may be identified, may verify those particulars by reference to the register. Any additional information from the entry can only be made available in the form of a certificate.

Information about Adoption Certificates

Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the Registrar General. These relate to persons who have been adopted since 1 January 1927 under the Adoption Acts. A standard certificate is a full copy of the entry in the Adopted Children Register which, instead of particulars of parentage and birth registration, gives the date of birth (if known) and particulars of the adoption and adoptive parents. A short certificate shows only the name and bears no reference to adoption. Applications for Adoptions Certificates should be made in writing to:

Adoptions Section
Office for National Statistics
Smedley Hydro
Tel. 300 123 1837

Please do not use this form for that purpose.