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. 

There's no fee for registering a birth but certificates cost £4.00. You can pay by cash or card.

PLEASE NOTE: From the 1 November the government will be introducing a fee of up to £90 for corrections to birth entries. Therefore, it is vital that all the information provided to the Registrar during the registration is correct and documents checked before signing.

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.

Welcoming ceremony

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.

Contact Us

Telephone

Registration Services

01202 454945

Address

Registration Services

Town Hall, Bourne Avenue
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

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