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Register a birth


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Where to find help

The birth of your child should be registered within 42 days. You can book an appointment to register a birth online. Your appointment will take around 20 minutes and there is no charge to register a birth.

It is not essential to bring any documents with you to the appointment. However, it would be useful if parents could provide some form of identity document to ensure that the registration is completed accurately and to reduce the inconvenience of any future corrections and possible costs incurred.

If possible please bring at least one of the following documents with you to the appointment:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Council tax bill
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage/civil partnership certificate
  • Utility bill

Book an appointment online to register a birth

Birth certificates

The registrar will give you a free short birth certificate showing the baby’s name, sex and date of birth.

However, for most legal purposes you will need a full birth certificate. A full birth certificate (or an additional short certificate) costs £4 if bought at the time of registration. 

You can order certificates at a later date, the fee will be either £7 or £10.

Further information

Further information can be found on the Gov.UK website.

You can also celebrate the arrival of a new family member with a naming ceremony.

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