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 may register the birth by declaration.  Please see the information below relating to where you can register.

  • If your baby was born outside Worcestershire and you live outside Worcestershire then you will need to contact the registration office in the district where you live.
  • If your baby was born outside of Worcestershire but you are a resident of Worcestershire then you have a choice of attending a Worcestershire registration office and stating the particulars for the registration. These details will then be posted to the office for the district where the birth occurred. There will be a delay in you receiving the birth certificate.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to attend the relevant registration office in person and receive your certificate immediately. If the latter is your preferred option you cannot make an appointment here but will need to contact the relevant office direct.

In some other circumstances 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.

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

For further guidance on who can register, the GOV.UK website provides comprehensive information on the process.

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

In order to improve the accuracy of the information contained in the registration and reduce the need for corrections, it is recommended that you bring supporting documentation with you to your appointment. Examples of recognised supporting documentation include: passport, council tax bill, driving license, all marriage/civil partnership certificates, birth certificate, and deed poll documentation.

Errors/Corrections

As part of the appointment you will be given the registration page to check; this is to make sure all the details you have given are correct to the best of your knowledge.

You must also check to make sure you have spelt everything correctly, your signature on this document is your confirmation that you are happy with all the details given (this includes all spellings) any errors noticed once the registration has been completed are now subject to a consideration fee for the correction application*.

* Consideration by Registrar/Superintendent Registrar of a correction application -£75.00.
* Consideration by the Registrar General of a correction application -£90.00.

If a correction is required please contact us on 01905 768181 or email registeroffice@worcestershire.gov.uk

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