Registering and naming your baby
Your baby must
be registered in the district where the birth took place within 42
days of the birth in England and Wales. This can often be done at
the hospital before the mother goes home, or at your local
All of our Registration Offices operate an
appointment only service. To make an appointment please phone
0845 603 2859 between the hours of 08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Friday
or book your
Birth registration appointment online.
This page explains when you can register and what information
the Registrar will require of you.
When can I register baby's birth?
Your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days (six weeks)
of the date of birth.
Where can I register the birth?
If the birth occurred in Worcestershire parents can register at
any Registration Office in the Worcestershire area.
This applies even if the mother does not have her usual address in
If it is not convenient for you to visit the Register Office for
the district in which the baby was born you can go to any other
Register Office in England and Wales to make a declaration of the
particulars required for the registration. The Registrar will then
send those details to that Register Office. In that case, any birth
certificates you require will be sent to you by post. Please note
that birth certificates can only be obtained from the Register
Office in the district where the birth took place (not where the
declaration was made).
For a list of Registration Offices in Worcestershire go to
To prevent unnecessary waiting all offices operate an
appointment system. Please telephone 0845 6032859 if you would like
to make one.
Who can register the birth?
It is usual for the baby's mother to register the birth. If
however the baby's mother is married to the baby's father at the
time of the birth, it is equally possible for him to register.
If the baby's mother and father are not married, the father's
details can be entered into the register if both parents attend
together to register the birth. If this is not possible, please
telephone a Register Office for advice.
What information will I need to supply to the Registrar?
- The date and place of baby's birth.
- If the birth is one of twins, triplets etc., then the time of
each baby's birth will be needed whether the baby is a boy or a
girl, and the forename(s) and surname in which the baby will be
Father (Where these details are to be entered in the
- Forename(s) and surname
- Date and place of birth
- Occupation at the time of baby's birth or, if not employed, the
occupation last followed
- Forename(s) and surname, and any surnames which may have been
used before marriage
- Date and place of birth
- Occupation. If the mother has been working at any time prior to
the birth her occupation can be entered into the register if
- Date of marriage, if applicable
- The number of previous children by the present and any former
After registration you will be given a short birth certificate
free of charge. Further copies of short and full certificates
can be obtained for a fee, either at the time of registration or at
a later date..
Where to get further advice
If you are still uncertain of how to proceed with registering
the baby's birth, please contact 0845 6032859
Information about changing your baby's name is available on this
This page was last reviewed 20 December 2013 at 10:31.
The page is next due for review 18 June 2015.