Register a Birth
You have to register the new addition to your family with us
You have to register a birth within 42 days of the birth. You’ll need to go to the Register Office in the district where your child was born.
It's free to register a birth. However, there's a fee if you want a full certificate.
You can register the birth if you are:
- The child’s mother
- The child’s father (if you and the mother are/were legally married when the baby was born)
- Unmarried, the father can register the birth but the child's mother must also be there
If you're not sure about whether you can register a baby, get in touch and we'll answer your questions.
If you can’t register at your local register office, you can register by declaration in any office in England and Wales. If you register by declaration you won't get the certificate the same day as they'll be posted to you.
Re-registering your child’s birth
This service is available to couples who weren't married when their baby was born. If you need to re-register your child’s birth, please contact us.
A welcoming ceremony is a way of celebrating a child’s birth, or welcoming adopted or step children into the family. Any parent can arrange a ceremony.
For more information, send us an email or call 01202 454945.