Birth certificate numbers

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai General Register Office fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear General Register Office,

I am making this FOI request on the birth certificate numbers

a) Are the numbers on our birth certificates unique to the people named on them?
b) does anyone in Great Britain/United kingdom share the same birth certificate numbers?
c) wouldnt it allow room for fraud if numbers were shared?

Yours faithfully,


FOI, General Register Office

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FOI, General Register Office

Dear GRO

Please see enquiry below. Will you be dealing with it as BAU?

Kind regards

Millicent Edwards
Freedom of Information Team
Her Majesty's Passport Office
7th Floor, Globe House, 89 Eccleston Square,
London SW1V 1PN
Email: [email address]

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Gadawodd Becky Bbear anodiad ()

Amanda-Jane/Interested Readers:

There are two 'types' of Birth Certificate issued in the UK, a 'full' certificate containing all the information recorded in the actual Register and a 'short' certificate containing less information.

Both are issued using pre-printed certificate forms which are completed by hand, by the relevant local Registrar or a member of their staff.

Birth Certificates are not 'proof of identity' only proof of the birth of the person named on the certificate. This is clearly pre-printed on each certificate.

Birth Certificates cannot be 'shared' since each relates only to the specific person identified on the Certificate. Twins/Triplets/etc get one each for that very reason.

This link shows a 'full' certificate for general reference -

The forms are pre-printed with serial numbers, for example QBN 004298, and no two forms share the same serial number. The forms are issued to local Registrar Offices in batches and re-ordered as needed from a central supplier - while it is always possible an error in a print run could lead to a serial number appearing on more than a single form, as a back-up each certificate issued has its own unique hand-written application number (that being the reference to the specific application/request made for a copy of that particular certificate).

The chance of two identical application numbers and serial number appearing on a singe form ranges between very unlikely and non-existent.

Hope this clarifies things and is helpful.


Gadawodd michael john anodiad ()

Hi beccy i think you forgot to mention the other birth certificate one can hold you know the one, its got a margin down the right hand side containing ,first name and the surname , on the left hand side there is only the christian name, no surname (strange) . Do you have any further inforamtion on this Beccy
As you told me before you are non-practising legal ,
So you should be well AWARE ??