Your baby must be registered within 42 days of the date of his or her birth. If the parents are married when the baby is born either the mother or the father can register the birth. If the parents are not married, the father must come in with the mother, otherwise his details will not be added to the register. 

 

If the father’s details are not entered at the time of registration, contact the Register Office to organise for this to be done at a later date. 

 

To register your baby’s birth you need to:

 

  • Come into the Register Office in person. You can make an appointment by calling the office.
  • Bring details of the baby’s birth and the parents’ details

 

What you need to register a birth

Baby’s details

 

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Time of birth if twins or multiple birth
  • Sex of baby
  • Full name

 

Mother’s details

 

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Forename and surname and any surnames used before marriage
  • Address
  • occupation at the time of the baby's birth or, if not employed, the previous occupation
  • Date of marriage (if applicable)
  • Number of previous children by the present and any former partner

 

Father’s details

 

(these are to be entered onto the register)

 

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Forename and surname
  • occupation at the time of the baby's birth or, if not employed, the previous occupation

 

Documents you need to bring

 

A form of ID:

 

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Deed poll
  • Driving licence
  • Marriage / civil partnership certificate
  • Completed child benefit form (if you would like us to submit the form for you)

 

It is important that the information recorded in the register is correct. If a mistake is made it will be difficult to correct it. Please check the entry in the register very carefully before you sign.

 

Once you have registered your baby’s birth you can make use of our Tell Us Once service.

 

Birth Certificates

On the day of Registration all certificates will be £4.