Register a Birth
By law you must register the birth of your child within 6 weeks (42 days).
Once you have registered, you will get a free short birth certificate. This certificate can be used to claim child benefit.
If you buy a full birth certificate you can use this to:
- apply for a passport
- open a bank account
- enrol at school
How to Register
You must register a birth in person at the Register Office. You should make an appointment at the Register Office of the district where the baby was born. If your child was born in a hospital, please bring with you the letter from the hospital titled 'Registering the Birth of your Baby'. You will also need to bring with you 1 form of identification for each of the parents such as a passport/driving licence/medical card. If you are claiming child benefit please bring the completed form and unsealed envelope with you and we can verify the registration
- If the parents are married, only one parent needs to be there to register the birth.
- If the parents are unmarried, both will need to attend.
- If only the mother attends, the birth can still be registered but the father's details won’t be recorded.
To book an appointment to register a birth at one of our registration offices you can:
- Book Online
- Call us on 01702 215009
At the appointment a Registration Officer will interview you in private, asking for the:
- date and place of birth of the baby
- baby's name, surname and sex
- baby's parents' names, surnames and places of birth
- baby's parents' occupations
- baby's mother's maiden name
- baby’s parents’ address.
After the interview you will be given a short birth certificate which shows the child's full name and date of birth.
You can buy extra short and full certificates from the Registration Officer at the time of registration (a full certificate shows all the details recorded in the register). Please see the fees section for current charges.
If the parents of the child were not married to each other at the time of the birth, but they later marry each other, the birth should be re-registered.
Tell Us Once
If you would like to use our Tell Us Once service, please bring in your:
- completed child benefit form and envelope
- if claiming any benefits, your National Insurance Number too.
Page last updated: 30/05/2017