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Register a Birth

By law you must register the birth of your child within 6 weeks (42 days).

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 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:

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

Full certificates from the Registration Officer at the time of registration are £11 (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:

  • if claiming any benefits, your National Insurance Number too

Page last updated: 10/01/2020