Register a birth
The birth of your child should be registered within 42 days. It is necessary to make an appointment to register a birth. You can book an appointment to register a birth online. Your appointment will take around 20 minutes and there is no charge to register.
It is not essential to bring any documents with you to the appointment. However, it is helpful if parents provide at least one document from the list below to ensure that the registration is completed accurately and to reduce future corrections.
Please note: from 1 November 2017 there will be a fee for corrections to be made in a completed birth record
- Driving licence
- Council tax bill
- Birth certificate
- Marriage/civil partnership certificate
- Utility bill
It would be useful to bring the red birth book if you were issued with one by the hospital.
A full birth certificate includes the parent(s) details, and costs £4 at the time of registration. A full birth certificate is required for most legal and official purposes.
A short birth certificate shows only the child's name and date of birth which is also available for a fee of £4.
You can order certificates at a later date, the fee will be either £7 or £10.
Births are usually registered in the district where the birth occurred. However, it is possible to give a declaration of particulars at any register office in England and Wales. The details will be sent to the appropriate register office and if you have made arrangements to purchase your child's certificate it will be sent to you after a short delay.
We would be happy to help you celebrate the arrival of your new family member with a naming ceremony. Our friendly and experienced celebrants can conduct the ceremony for you.
Further information about registering a birth
More information about registering a birth, how to add a parent’s details to a birth entry and how to re-register following parent’s marriage can be found on the Gov.uk website.