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Replacement certificates and historical searches

We offer replacement certificates for the following events that have occurred in Enfield since 1837:

  • births
  • deaths
  • marriages
  • civil partnerships

You can apply by post or in person at Enfield Register Office.

You will be given an application form to complete or you can complete it in advance. You can download the application form using the links at the bottom of the page.

If you wish to apply by post, you can complete the application form or write a letter giving the required details. Your certificate will be sent back to you by standard second-class post. If you want to receive it more quickly, you should provide a first-class self-addressed envelope when you apply.

When you make your application, you will need to supply:

  • your name, address and phone number
  • the type of certificate you are applying for
  • the reason why the certificate is required
  • the correct fee

For the event the certificate refers to, you need to tell us:

  • the date of the event
  • the full address of the place where the event occurred
  • for birth certificates, the full name of the person at birth
  • for death certificates, the full name of the person at time of death
  • for marriage and civil partnership certificates, the full names of both people who were married or formed the civil partnership. You also need to tell us any former or maiden names.

If you are not completely sure about these details, it may not be possible to find the entry you’re looking for.

For example, you may only know that the event occurred in Edmonton, but don't know the exact location such as the hospital or church. In this case, your entry may be held at another register office. This is because Edmonton district records are held at several different register offices.

In instances like this, you should contact the General Register Office. This office holds all the birth, death, marriage and civil partnership records for England and Wales.

However, identifying a volume and page number for a record at the General Register Office does not help us locate a record at Enfield Register Office. This is because the General Register Office has its own cataloguing system.

Certificate fees

Certificates cost a fee. There is an additional fee per certificate for our same-day service, which may be available if you apply for your certificate in person before 12pm. We will then tell you when the certificate is available to collect, which is usually by 4pm. Call 020 8379 8525 before you order to confirm the same-day service is available. You can view our certificate fees here.

If you are applying by post, enclose a cheque or postal order made payable to London Borough of Enfield.

If you are applying in person, you will need to pay by debit or credit card. We do not accept any other payment method in person.

Historical searches

You can carry out your own general search of our indexes if you know the names and dates of the entries you are looking for. You will need to pay a fee for the search. Contact us to book an appointment for a general search. You may find the following links helpful:

Application forms