You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days of the birth in England and Wales. If you can't go to the district where your baby was born you can go to another office and the registrar will send your details to the appropriate district office.

To find out which district you live in, please use the council finder.

Book an appointment to register a birth

Please be prompt for your appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes late you will have to make another appointment.

Details you need to provide

  • Date, place and time of the birth. The time will only be recorded if the baby is one of twins, triplets etc
  • Whether the baby is a boy or girl
  • The forenames and surname by which the baby is to be brought up
  • Forenames and surname and any other names used by the father or parent (where the details are to be entered in the register)
  • Date and place of birth of the father or parent
  • Occupation of the father or parent at the time of baby's birth (if not employed, the occupation last followed)
  • Forenames and surname and any other names used of the mother, including maiden surname
  • Date and place of birth of the mother
  • Occupation or previous occupation of the mother
  • Date of marriage if applicable
  • Number of previous children by the mother.
  • It will be helpful to take along some documents with you to confirm the details you are giving to the registrar. Please bring any of the following: passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, driving licences, council tax bills and change of name deeds. Please don't worry if you can't find documents or forget to bring them - the registration can still go ahead

Parental responsibility

Married parents automatically have joint  legal parental responsibility as do unmarried parents where both attend the registration and sign the register.

Paternity testing

There are occasions where scientific tests for paternity are required. The Registration Service will only accept paternity tests from the companies listed with the High Court Family Division.

Certificates you will receive

From 1 November 2017, some of our fees will change. All birth certificates will cost £4. If you wish to later add a forename to a birth registration within 12 months of the birth, there will be a fee of £40. There will be no fee changes to amend a child's name after a marriage. For further information, please see our below fees document.

New fees - November 2017

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Full birth certificates ordered after registration cost £7 if in a current register or £10 if in an archived register.

Any correction requested to a birth certificate on or after the 1 November 2017 will have to be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of £75 or £90 ( dependent on whether the correction can be done locally or has to be referred to General Register Office). Any correction application must be made in the district where the event occurred.  We therefore request that you check the register page very carefully before signing to avoid the need to make corrections

Further Information

Children and families section 

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