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Registering a Birth

When can I register my baby's birth? 

Your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days of the date of birth.

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To make an appointment to register a birth, please contact the Registration Information Service on 0300 1234 181 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm).

Your baby's birth must be registered in the district where the baby was born. This can be done in your local registration office. Alternatively, you may be able to register the birth in hospital before the mother goes home.

It may not be convenient for you to visit your local registration office for the district. If so, you can go to any other registration office in England and Wales to make a declaration of the particulars required for the registration. This must be within 42 days of your baby's date of birth. In that case, any birth certificates you require will be sent to you by post.

Please remember that you have a legal duty to register the birth within 42 days.

If the mother and father were married to each other at the time of the child's birth, either parent may register.

If the mother and father are not married to each other at the time of the child's birth, only the mother may register the birth. The father's details can be entered into the register if both parents attend together to register the birth.  If the mother registers alone, it is possible to add the father's particulars by re-registration at any future time, should they both agree.

The baby's parents must provide the Registrar with the following information:

The baby's:

  • birth date
  • place of birth
  • forename(s)
  • surname
  • sex of the baby.
  • If the birth is one of twins, triplets etc., then the time of each baby's birth

The mother's:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • current address
  • current or last occupation
  • maiden surname and date of marriage (if applicable).
  • If the mother has been working at any time prior to the birth her occupation can be entered into the register if required. Alternatively, 'housewife' may be entered
  • Date of marriage if applicable.
  • The number of previous children by the present and any former husband

The father / second parent:

If the father's / second parent's details are to be entered in the register, the Registrar will need the father's / second parent's

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • current address
  • current or last occupation

It would be helpful, although not essential, if the baby’s parent/s could bring current proof of identification. For example: a passport, driving licence or bank statement.

It is important that the information recorded in the register is correct. Should you notice a mistake in the registration, however small, after the registration has been completed, there will be a correction fee. The fee to apply for a correction will be £75 or £90 depending on the nature of the correction. Please note that payment of the fee does not guarantee the correction can be made.

A standard birth certificate is available at £11.00 each at the time of registration. The standard birth certificate is suitable for all Government departments eg passport application. 

After the registration, further copies of the birth certificate may be obtained at a later date.  The registrar will provide you with further information. Our preferred method of payment for certificates is by credit or debit card but we can also accept cash and cheques. If paying by cash, please try to have the correct change.

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Please follow this link to Gov.uk - Parental Responsibility for further advice.