information on original birth certificate

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From: chris mcclelland

1 June 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be very grateful if you might be able to provide the
following information

(1) who holds original copies of birth certificates

(2) can an original certificate of birth be returned the person it
is pertaining to

thank you for any and all information

Yours faithfully,

chris mcclelland

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From: Certificate Services

1 June 2009

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your email

The "original" entry is completed at the time of registration and is
written directly into the register held at the local register office.

The parents are then given a copy of the certificate and another copy is
sent to ourselves at Head Office to be entered into the register of England
and Wales.

Registration is compulsory and the registers and the information contained
within them are in the public domain.

Anyone is entitled to obtain a copy of a certificate as long as they can
identify the relevant entry. This is part of current British law. The
Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 and The 1949 Marriage Act allow
for a search of the Indexes in the custody of the Superintendent Registrar.
The Act states
"Any person shall be entitled at any time when the register office is
required to be open for the transaction of public business to search the
said indexes, and to have a certified copy of any entry in the said
registers under the hand of the superintendent registrar, on payment by
that person to the superintendent registrar of the following fees
respectively. "

You can obtain copies of your own certificates by applying to the register
office where you were born or through ourselves. A fee is charged for this
service.

No one can obtain the "Original" or block someone else obtaining a copy of
their certificate without a court order.

Yours Sincerely

Kate Grace
GRO Contact Centre

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From: chris mcclelland

4 June 2009

Dear Certificate Services,

QUOTE ... No one can obtain the "Original" or block someone else
obtaining a copy of
their certificate without a court order ... UNQUOTE

I would like clarification of the above information

Does this mean that no one can obtain the "Original" (Birth
Certificate) without a court order?

Yours sincerely,

chris mcclelland

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4 June 2009


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From: Certificate Services

5 June 2009

Dear Mr McClelland,

Thank you for your email

I apologise that my meaning was not clear.

It should have read as two sentences.

The "Original" entry is that written into the register and as such is
Government property so cannot be obtained by a member of the general public
or the person the information pertains to.

Anyone, if they can identify the entry, is entitled to purchase a copy of
the information contained on the "Original" certificate.

You would need a court order if you wished to "Block" anyone else being
able to request a copy of the information as the documents and the
information they hold are in the public domain. You would need to explain
to a court the exceptional circumstances that would require them to
restrict this access.

I hope this makes the situation clearer.

Yours Sincerely

Kate Grace
GRO Contact Centre

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