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Govenment e-petition for a lower cost GRO cert

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Eugene Report 15 Nov 2011 18:39

Under current legislation, the GRO can only "release this information by means of the issue of a paper certified copy Cert of the relevant entry, and payment of the relevant statutory fee for a certified copy." We request that this House enacts legislation to allow the General Register Office of England and Wales the ability to issue "uncertified" research copies of birth, marriage and death certs - with a notice on the copies that they are uncertified, and have no legal authority - and that these may be obtained at a much lower cost than the current £9.25 per cert (eg £2) when ordered on-line and the GRO Index Ref is Provided, and that these may be issued in a electronic (email) format or a plain paper in the same way as The Rep of Ireland; this would enable family historians to buy many certs for their research at a lower cost" In the Republic of Ireland you can ask for an uncertified copy from Roscommon (their version of GRO) for €4.
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KathleenBell Report 15 Nov 2011 22:24

This petition (or similar ones) has been doing the rounds for absolutely ages and I'm pretty sure it stands no chance of getting anywhere.

Kath. x


GlitterBaby Report 15 Nov 2011 22:56

Been mentioned several times on this site

Will not get anywhere.

Actually should not be posted on this board anyway !!!


KenSE Report 16 Nov 2011 19:51


SylviaInCanada Report 16 Nov 2011 20:12

and it is not a post for SUGGESTIONS, as it is not a suggestion for the improvement of the GR site

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 18 Nov 2011 20:14

Ok....Souldn't be on this board but for those interested.

Apparently the purchase of certificates, and therefore revenue, went down in the year after the increase in the cost of certs happened.

Mmmm...Not rocket science methinks...Reduce cost, increase sales ;-)

Now if we had Moderators this would be moved to a correct board! ..............So that makes it a suggestion :-D



KenSE Report 18 Nov 2011 22:13

It has now been going for over a quarter of a year and has only 4299 signatures. So it's not going to make it.


philmoir Advisor Report 19 Nov 2011 06:45

Just to let you know in advance this thread will be merged with thread on genchat. I will update thread when done and send owner msg


SylviaInCanada Report 19 Nov 2011 07:40

thank you, Phil


InspectorGreenPen Report 29 Nov 2011 18:35

Nudge up to remind Phil to deal with


Bryan Report 10 Apr 2012 16:51

Kath x thinks this e petition won't go anywhere. Of course it won't if people are too miserable to support it.


SylviaInCanada Report 10 Apr 2012 17:02


we are not obliged to support this or any other petition

It is a free world, and as such we can make up our own minds

without being insulted by anyone for the position we take

Please remove your offensive comment



KathleenBell Report 10 Apr 2012 23:57


It's not that I'm too miserable to support the petition. It's just that I have the common sense to know that the main cost of issuing a certificate is not the fact that it is a "certified" copy - but the manpower needed to look up the information, the postal costs, envelope etc. so even an "uncertified" copy would be pretty much the same cost.

I prefer to support petitions that I think have a chance of getting somewhere.

Kath. x