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Registering a Birth

What You Need to Do

You must register a birth within 42 days of the child being born. 

You should do this at the local Register Office for the district where the baby was born or at the hospital. The hospital will tell you if you can register the birth there. 

Book a Birth Registration Appointment using our secure booking system

If you are unable to register the birth in the district where the baby was born, you can attend an appointment in any Register Office in England or Wales and complete a declaration. This will then be sent on your behalf to the Register Office in the district in which the birth occurred allowing the birth to be registered. This is known as a birth by declaration. 

Alternative Registration Offices can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Who can register

If you’re married or in a civil partnership:

  • either parent can register the birth
  • both parents will be named on the birth certificate

If you’re not married or in a civil partnership:

  • the father cannot register the birth on his own, but can go with the mother
  • only parents who go to the Register Office will be named on the birth certificate

Information you need

When registering the birth, you should know:

  • place and date of birth of baby
  • baby's first name, last name and sex
  • parents' full name and address
  • parents' place and date of birth
  • parents' jobs
  • mother's address
  • mother's maiden name
  • date of the baby's parents' marriage or civil partnership

What you should take 

To register the birth, you need:

  • a passport or ID (i.e. driving licence, birth certificate)
  • proof of address (i.e. utility bill)
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate if you have it (Request a copy certificate online)

For further guidance the GOV.UK website provides comprehensive information on the process.