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Births

Following the lifting of Government restrictions, we have a backlog of birth registrations.  We are making good progress and we are currently taking birth registration appointments for babies born within Cornwall.  The appointments can take place at the following offices:

  • Helston
  • Camborne
  • Truro
  • St Austell
  • Liskeard
  • Bodmin (from 1 September)
  • Newquay (from 7 September)
  • Bude (from 14 September)
  • Penzance (from 14 September)

Falmouth, Launceston and Saltash remain closed.

Request an appointment to register a birth

  • Please note that customers are requested to wear a face covering when attending an appointment (unless exempted).
  • Birth declaration appointments for babies born outside of Cornwall. These will be made available once the backlog has been completed. Alternatively, you should contact the registration service that covers the area where your baby was born. You may register the birth directly with them.
  • Currently there are arrangements in place so that you can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before registering the birth of your baby.

This section includes information about registering births, naming ceremonies, legal rights and adoption. Please use the links below and in the menu to find out more information.

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All the information you'll need about how to register a birth.

Information about how and why you may need to re-register a birth.

Information on our celebratory ceremonies including venues and fees.

A list of our current fees for services offered by the Registration Service

Please see Cornwall Registration Service pages for further information and other services offered.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

Do you have enquiries regarding registering your baby following treatment under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act? If so, please telephone 0300 1234 181. You should ask to speak to the Registration Office where you would like to make your appointment to register. 

Enquiries relating to:

  • registering a child conceived after fertility treatment
  • re-registering a birth record following surrogacy arrangement

Please call 0300 1234 181. This should be between the hours of 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. You should ask for Cornwall Registration Truro Office. Alternatively, you can email: truroregistrars@cornwall.gov.uk.