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Register a birth

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Register a birth

You must register a baby's birth within 42 calendar days of the date of birth.

Request an appointment

Our Registration Offices are open to undertake birth registrations, notices of marriage and corrections face-to-face as per current legislation.

  • Legal requirements for social distancing will no longer apply and you will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with
  • Face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
  • All payments for certificates must be completed in advance
  • We’ve installed screens, anti-bacterial wipes, sanitising hand gel and separate pens across the service

At the appointment

You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment. ​The appointment will last about 30 minutes.

  • If you are married to the child’s mother or father, only one person needs to be present to complete the registration
  • If you are not married, and wish for the father's details to be included on the birth certificate, you must attend the appointment together

Please do not attend the office if you are currently self-isolating, awaiting a Covid-19 test result or displaying any symptoms.

At this time we will continue to encourage our customers to maintain social distancing, wear a face-covering, use hand-sanitizer and limit the number of people who attend the office to safeguard all parties.

If you have any queries, please contact the Registration Service.

Information we need

When registering the birth, you will need to tell the registrar:

  • the date and place of birth of the baby
  • the sex of the baby
  • the baby's full names and surname
  • the dates and places of birth of the parents
  • the parents' occupations
  • the mother’s maiden name
  • the date of the parents' marriage (if applicable)
  • where the parents are living

You will need to sign the completed register entry to confirm that all the information is correct.

What you need to bring

Please bring the baby's red record book, if available, when you attend your appointment.

You do not need to bring the baby to the appointment with you.

Where to go

Your appointment to register a birth can take place at any of our Registration Offices in:

Last updated 22 September 2022