You can search online for electronic images of open records through our partner website, Findmypast. If you cannot find a record, it may be because the record is closed.
If you are a Findmypast subscriber, please submit your request to open a record via their website. If you are not a Findmypast subscriber, use the form on this page. If you want to request a search of closed records for information about someone who is living, you will need to use our other 1939 Register form.
If the record can be opened, we will send you a full transcription of the information held in the record. You can view the opened record at Findmypast after ten working days of notification of a successful request.
We charge a non-refundable fee of £24.35 for a search. This fee covers the search and administration costs.
You need proof that the person is deceased in order to submit your request to us. We accept the following proofs of death only:
- a copy of an official death certificate (issued by the General Register Office or overseas equivalent)
- evidence of death from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Please ensure you have this documentation before proceeding.
Freedom Of Information requests take up to 20 working days to complete.