What Is A Long Form Birth Certificate?

18 Jul, 2015

What is a long form birth certificate?

There are two versions of your birth certificate available in Britain, a long and short form.

A birth certificate works as evidence of a person's name, date and place of birth. This type of documentation is required as personal identification, such as passport applications, proving eligibility for one, and for marriage purposes.

Every child receives a copy of their short form birth certificate when their parent or guardian registers them with the government after birth. While this is enough for most situations in life, there are times when a long form certificate is needed.

Short form birth certificate

The short-form birth certificate provides the minimum information required to verify the individual's date of birth and british nationality. When applying for a child's first passport, a birth certificate is one of the simplest ways to prove eligibility.

This type of certificate includes:

  • The infant's first name and surname,
  • their date of birth and
  • place of Birth (town/city, county and country)

When a child is registered, the short form of birth certificate is provided for free.

Long form birth certificate

As a copy of the original certificate of birth, a long form birth certificate contains all the information registered in the General Register Office's records.

While the short form only covers the most basic details key to identifying a person, the long form is a more in depth account of a person's lineage.

The long form birth certificate includes:

  • Surname - Displayed in short-form
  • Forename
  • Date of birth
  • Exact place of birth (Hospital, Birthing Facility or Home)
  • Sex
  • Mother's full name
  • Father's full name
  • Parents' addresses
  • Parents' occupations
  • Infant's height and weight
  • Name of the attendant, physician or midwife

Also referred as Full or A4 certificates, long form birth certificates are required to establish a person's identity for a number of purposes, some of these include:

  • drivers license
  • pensions
  • health insurance
  • work permits
  • to receive inheritance and insurance benefits
  • to conduct genealogical research