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.
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
Married parents automatically have joint legal parental responsibility as do unmarried parents where both attend the registration and sign the register.
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
You will receive a short birth certificate.
You can also purchase full birth certificates at £4. Full birth certificates ordered after registration cost £7 if in a current register or £10 if in an archived register.