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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.

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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.

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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.

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