How to Apply for British Certificates from Abroad.

How to Apply for British Certificates from Abroad.

How to Apply for British Certificates from Abroad.

With approximately 5.5 million Brits living abroad, the United Kingdom has a very large expat population.

Many British citizens choose to leave the UK’s shores in search of sunnier climates, better job prospects and adventures in interesting countries.

A very common issue amongst British expats is how to renew UK passports and how to apply for British certificates when you are based in a foreign country.

Original birth, death and marriage certificates are often required for various purposes and if you do not have the original certificate with you or have misplaced it, you will need to apply to the relevant department for a new one.

The good news is that applying for British certificates when based overseas is not a complicated process if you enlist the help of U.K.ABROAD. We are specialists in UK passport renewals, first-time British passport applications and British certificate applications. We have a deep understanding of exactly what is required by UK government departments when applying for such documents and we can make the process much easier, more streamlined and quicker than if you were to do it by yourself.

Below are some common questions around applying for British birth certificates and how we, at U.K.ABROAD can assist you.

How do I get my UK birth certificate?

Your UK birth certificate is a very important document and it is crucial to have the original kept in a safe place.

If you no longer have your original British birth certificate, you will need to approach Her Majesty’s government for a replacement. This involves completing a form and submitting it to the relevant department.

Completing the birth certificate application forms correctly and accurately is incredibly important as any error could result in your application being rejected. This can be quite frustrating to the applicant and a rejection can mean that you lose valuable time and money.

If you would like to eliminate any complications, delays and frustration, you could entrust U.K.ABROAD with your application for a very reasonable fee. Instead of battling with the government’s website and having to chase up the progress yourself, you can simply complete the easy-to-understand form on our website and we will take care of the rest! Click here to apply for your British Certificates online. 

You also have the option of obtaining a quote online before you begin and, if you have any questions or concerns, a member of our team will always be there to assist you.

What does a UK birth certificate look like?

A UK birth certificate’s appearance varies depending on whether you have a long-form birth certificate or a short-form one.

Generally speaking, a short-form UK birth certificate contains only the child’s details (i.e. full name, date and place of birth). A long-form British birth certificate, on the other hand, contains the full details of the child and both parents.

A long-form UK birth certificate is also known as an A4 certificate or a full birth certificate. All British birth certificates will have an official, UK government logo on the top and will be signed by the relevant official.

Is a replacement copy of a birth certificate the same as the original (UK)?

For the purposes of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, a government replacement copy of a birth certificate is the same as an original one and is perfectly acceptable when applying for passports, etc.

What information is on a UK birth certificate?

A British birth certificate will always include the following basic details:

  • full names of the child
  • sex of the child
  • date of birth
  • place of the child’s birth
  • father’s details (including full names, place of birth, date of birth and occupation)
  • mother’s details ( (including full names, maiden name, place of birth, date of birth and occupation)

If you are applying for a British passport for the first time, then you will need either the original or a government replacement copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.

U.K.ABROAD can assist you with obtaining a birth certificate and applying for UK passports if you are living overseas. Simply complete our easy, online form and we will take it from there.

Can U.K.ABROAD assist me with an original British death certificate or an original British marriage certificate?

Yes, of course!

Here at U.K.ABROAD, we can easily apply for most original, British certificates on behalf of our clients. Since we are well-versed in what is required by the relevant government departments when applying for certificates, we ensure that the process is smoother, easier and stress-free.

All you need to do is to complete our simple, online form and we will take care of the rest. Your certificate will then be sent to you using our official, reliable courier and you need not worry about anything going missing.

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Jenny Ponte
16:28 15 Nov 21
What a wonderful experience! I contacted UK Abroad so that I could obtain a British passport. I knew I was eligible but... hadn’t done so. Madeleine was my contact and she went above and beyond to ensure that I submitted the correct documents etc. I was kept informed every step of the way and any query was answered quickly and efficiently. I now have my passport and can highly recommend UK Abroad . Wish I could give them 6 stars!read more
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16:30 09 Nov 21
Excellent customer service. Gail was the representative that helped me navigate the process of renewing a passport... that had expired a few decades ago. She was very helpful, professional and thorough. It took much less time than I had initially anticipated. I highly recommend turning things over to UK Abroad. My old passport and all original documents were returned within a day of receiving my new passport.read more
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anne kidon
18:47 30 Oct 21
My British Passport had expired and needed to be renewed. I attempted to complete the application online and gave up. ... I contacted UK Abroad and it was the best decision.I required a Guarantor Form for verification of my identity, Thankfully Jade at UK Abroad led me through the process via emails. Jade answered my questions and concerns (of which I had many) and kept me updated.The professionalism that I received from Jade was 10+.I would highly recommend them to anyone applying for their British Passport their fee is well worth it.Thank you again Jade & the Team at UK Abroad.read more
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17:18 14 Oct 21
UK Abroad was a cost effective and efficient way to update my British passport from Canada. I was kept informed every... step of the way and provided with all the details I required. I would highly recommend this service.read more
Emiline Mikos
Emiline Mikos
17:28 11 Oct 21
I highly recommend going through UK ABROAD on line service as they are fast and efficient, and the passport is sent... right to your door. They communicated with me through all the steps of my application and checked all my info was correct so that it wouldn’t be sent back. Thank you to Jade, who assisted me through the whole process.read more
Ben Asher
Ben Asher
11:21 02 Oct 21
The entire process was seamless from beginning to end.I received both my new passport, as well as my voided old one.... They asked all the right questions, and made sure everything was as I wanted it. Perfect!read more
Jonathan Russell
Jonathan Russell
22:46 01 Oct 21
Gail made the whole process of renewing my UK passport an easy and efficient process. Thank you, I sincerely appreciate... your help. May you and your colleagues have a wonderful weekend.read more
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14:44 20 Sep 21
AMAZING experience with UK Abroad! Gail is so perfect and professional to work with. I am still amazed at how easy and... seamless the entire process was to complete. USE this Company without a second thought.read more
Margaret Lam
Margaret Lam
10:29 17 Sep 21
It is easy and convenient to have my UK passport renewed on web.My thumbs up to Robyn Romain at Durham who is so... helpful and efficient.With appreciation,Margaretread more
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Brendon Deeley
01:01 16 Sep 21
I was so impressed with how easy and quick it was to get my expired UK passport renewed and sent back to me in... Australia. Hassle free and very efficient. Would recommend to all.read more
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05:10 31 Aug 21
Top service , very helpful. I am going to recommend them to everyone. Thank you for the great service. It was so easy... to deal with you. It took a short while to renew my British passport from south africaThank you, now to use it?read more
Brian Rutherford
Brian Rutherford
02:47 31 Aug 21
By using this service as supplied by the UK Passport Office it made things so much easier, you are virtually guided... through the stages required to renew your British Passport. The People you "talk" to are so professional that it is easy even for an old man (81) like me to handle. This is the way to go!read more
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Jacqui Poole
15:13 28 Aug 21
This was the way to go, my rep answered promptly to any questions and kept me informed of the progress re. renewal of... my passport. My only concern was the amount of time it took to finalize everything, but Covid may have had something to do with that. My thanks go to Madelaine for being there.read more
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20:39 24 Aug 21
The lovely people at UK Abroad were so helpful and kind in guiding me through the entire passport process. They also... assisted me with obtaining other documents I needed. They communicated at every step of the process, which was most reassuring. I highly recommend them.read more
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Michael Meredith
08:14 13 Aug 21
I had been struggling for some months to renew my British Passport, largely because the on-line site provided by the UK... government is unclear and confusing about what documents I needed to supply.I found UK Abroad on the internet and from the very start the whole process was made easy. It was clear what I required and the whole process was efficient. The staff gave me constant feedback throughout the whole process, and I now have my new passport. Well worth the cost and I will certainly use them again, and recommend them to my friendsread more
Irene Hawkins
Irene Hawkins
01:26 30 Jul 21
Many many thanks to Darryl of UK Abroad for enabling me to renew my British passport, without even having to leave my... home. This all due to his excellent service, expert advice, and consistent updates, which made it all a stress free process. Especially the safe and secure pickup and delivery of very important documents. I cannot praise Darryl or UK Abroad enough and highly recommend this service to anyone, anywhere in the world who needs to renew their passport.Thank youIrene Hawkinsread more
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14:39 19 Jul 21
My passport renewal application was dealt with efficiently, safely and professionally. Robyn showed interest in... communicating with me as a fellow patriot.Yours sincerely.Howard Longread more
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16:39 17 Jul 21
I needed to renew my passport and found UK ABROAD. I had never used a middle agent before but read the reviews and was... impressed. From the day i mailed my old passport to recieving my new one was 14 days!!! Contacting Madeleine was so simple for questions along the way...very quick responses and reassured and guided me through the process. I would highly recommend the UK ABROAD services.read more
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13:41 26 Jun 21
Thank you so much Saretha at U.K. Abroad for all your assistance in obtaining our passport renewals. The whole... procedure was done smoothly and quickly, and I would not hesitate to recommend your excellent service. Valerie and Rodney Brierread more
Terry Brown
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15:59 17 Jun 21
An ex-pat friend had recently used UK Abroad to renew his passport and recommended them highly. I have lived outside of... the UK for over 20 years and needed to renew my UK Passport that has been expired for around 12 years. I used UK Abroad. The service was excellent from start to finish. Even in these COVID times the entire process to receive my new passport took around 6 weeks. Working with Madeleine the process was simple, and every step was well explained and handled with professionalism. Highly recommended.read more
Joan Wolpe
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01:23 01 Jun 21
Darryl from UK Abroad helped me get my new British passport. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Nothing was ever... too much trouble. He provided an excellent service from start to finish, continuously keeping me updated on the progress of my application. Darryl is thorough, knowledgeable, professional, efficient and did a great job. I highly recommend Darryl and UK Abroad to anyone applying for a British passport. Thank you, Darryl, and UK Abroad for all your help, hard work and guidance I could not have done it without you. My passport arrived in record time. You are a real gem. Joan Scopread more
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21:05 13 May 21
Wow! Amazing service. Sent my passport off from the US to the UK and received my new passport and old one back within... two weeks! Exceptional service and well worthy of the cost. Madeline was amazingly informative and helped me at every step of the way! Thank you for making this easier during this pandemic!read more
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09:31 06 May 21
A big thank you to Darryl and the U.K Abroad team for making my passport renewal a very easy and stress free experience... from my home in Australia.... everything was explained in easy to follow steps and in plain English making it even possible for this non tech savvy dinosaur to understand....Best wishes and thanks again !!read more
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Thank you Darryl for your impeccable service and help through every step of the way to gaining my expired British... Passport.I could never have done it without your patient guidance. I would highly recommend you and UK ABROAD to all of my friends. Many thanksread more
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13:54 20 Apr 21
Very helpful but I think you need to be upfront and advise customers, before they pay the fee, that you are unable to... help them with the completion or remittance of their application - you can only check what they have done. I could have done with more help at this stage. Very happy to have finally received my passport.read more
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08:53 19 Apr 21
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12:03 09 Mar 21
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17:12 08 Mar 21
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18:05 05 Mar 21
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John Hare
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01:20 26 Feb 21
Thank God for UK Abroad!I was renewing my lapsed British passport and getting my 2 children and my wife's passport at... the same time. (From Australia)I think I would have given up were it not for Darryl's clear and thorough guidance.What was a complex process would have been so much harder without UK Abroad.These guys have such a good knowledge of the documents, protocols and procedures that you always feel you are in safe hands.Don't hesitate to use UK Abroad, it is worth every cent (penny/euro/yen etc) and well worth it when the navy blue passports appear.Thanks again DarrylJohn Hareread more
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19:42 28 Jan 21
I used U.K ABROAD as i live in Australia and i needed to renew my British passport. The process was very easy to follow... and do, and i received my new passport and old one back together quickly and honestly it was just so simple . Darryl was fantastic answered all my questions and gave me 100% up to date information in regards to where my passport was at in the process. A Professional Service that i would recommend to anyone thinking about what i have done to Just do it and use U.K ABROAD. Thanks Darryl for your prompt and professional attitude and service provided in regards to my Passport Renewal.read more
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23:38 30 Nov 20
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02:55 28 Nov 20
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04:39 21 Nov 20
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23:06 13 Oct 20
Darryl was helpful at every stage in getting my passport renewed.From completing the application form to the end... product. I nowfeel comfortable that once travel restrictions are lifted. I can returnto England permanently.read more
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20:00 08 Oct 20
I can highly recommend UK Abroad for renewing British Passports.Everything has been so well organised clear... instructions were given. All in all it was a pleasing result .read more
Catherine Lord
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11:11 25 Aug 20
Julia at UKAbroad was extremely helpful and efficient in helping me to garner the documentation that was required to... renew my British Passport. She definitely helped in making the process as hassle free as possible. Thank you. Catherine Lordread more
Estelle Blackburn
Estelle Blackburn
08:07 17 Aug 20
The help I received from Darryl Wolpe deserves more stars than a mere five. When I applied to renew my British... passport, I was so surprised to find that I had an intermediary, having not previously known of U.K. Abroad. In Darryl Wolpe, I had not just a professional, efficient intermediary, but an assistant who truly felt like a supporter and friend. I made it more difficult for him by a slight change of name, but he patiently helped me with advice on the documents I needed and by liaising with the Passports Office, writing the necessary letters on my behalf. He got me over the hurdles to success, without ever expressing the exasperation I thought he must surely feel. He also kept me so informed, letting me know what stages the process had reached. I can't thank Darryl enough personally and U.K. Abroad as an organisation for its exemplary service. I look forward to re-connecting in 10 years' time, knowing the process is in such excellent hands. I wish Darryl and all at U.K. Abroad the very best, especially through these strange times. I hope I can say hello and personally thank you when I am able to use my new Passport to get back to enjoy the wonderful UK again. Estelle Blackburnread more
Leigh Haslam
Leigh Haslam
09:56 11 Aug 20
Madeleine was always most efficient at keeping me up to date with progress and answering my queries promptly. It was a... very lengthy process due to Covid, but then I cannot leave NZ at present anyway! Thank you for your great support and I should recommend you to my sons and friends.read more
Shaun McCulley
Shaun McCulley
13:10 06 Aug 20
Madeleine Schuddinh, a British Liaison Consultant from U.K. ABROAD assisted me with our lost passport. She was was... extremely helpful and guided me through every process. All the questions I asked were handled like a true professional with such patience. I had a wonderful experience and recommend her service to anyone who is a applying for a passport. To put it bluntly, Madeleine was world class. Thanks a MILLION Madeleine.read more
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Alan Hume
22:44 31 Jul 20
Initially I Tried to use IAM. However, their system was not 80 year old friendly. I therefore rang the UK Consulate in... Melbourne, where I currently reside. They recommended i contact U.K. Abroad, which I did and established contact with Daryl. The whole process went very well. The only issue being the local Aus Post Photo did not fit the bill. So after a number of attempts I managed to produce and acceptable one myself.Thanks to Covid 19 and the Melbourne Office being Closed establishing contact with DHL to agree a delivery time, was a little difficult. Once contact had been established with their Customer Service delivery successfully took place very quickly.The whole process was very efficient and reasonable.read more
Neville Henry
Neville Henry
06:10 21 Jul 20
I received my British Passport yestetday. I would like to thank Julia and the company for outstanding service. I... strongly recommend the use of U.K. ABROAD to anyone that needs to have their British Passport renewed.Once again, thank you so much for outstanding service.Neville HenryJohannesburg, South Africaread more
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14:28 17 Jul 20
I can recommend U. K. ABROAD to all who need to apply for new or renew a British passport.I found them most helpful... and knowledgeable.Willing to go that extra mile and well worth there fee. I can only wish them well in these difficult business times.read more
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