Register a birth

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Registering a baby's birth

Every birth in England and Wales must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) of the child being born.

To book an appointment please contact us on 0300 1234 181 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm).

For contact details and opening hours of our offices, please visit our Registration Offices page.

Where to register the birth

If your baby was born in Cornwall you may attend any of our registration offices.

If your baby was born outside of Cornwall you should register the birth in the district where the birth took place.

Alternatively, you may attend any other registration office in England and Wales to make a declaration of the details required for the registration. In this case, any birth certificates you need will be sent to you by post.

Who can register the birth?

Please refer to the Government's information on who can register a birth.

What you need to bring

Please refer to the Government's website for information that you will need to register a birth

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.

Certificates

Standard (or full) birth certificates are available at £11.00 each. We accept cash, cheques and credit/debit card. The standard birth certificate is suitable for all Government departments e.g. passport application.

Order a copy birth certificate

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